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Bruins star winger Brad Marchand ready to face Flyers, but goalie Tuukka Rask may be sidelined


Brad Marchand, the star Boston left winger who was injured in an exhibition game Thursday, was able to practice Saturday and will play against the Flyers in a round-robin opener Sunday afternoon.


“I’m sure he’ll be ready to go,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Saturday, adding he thought Marchand (28 goals, 87 points in 70 games this season) would be 100 percent.


Rask was ill and missed practice Saturday and his status for Sunday’s 3 p.m. game is unknown, Cassidy said.


Defense: Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen; Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers; Robert Hagg and Justin Braun.


With no fans in the quiet arena, the head coaches and their assistants may have to spend more time than usual giving their players some motivational talks, both teams said.


... Flyers assistant Mike Yeo said Shayne Gostisbehere has shown “more pop” since his knee surgeries and that it was tough to keep him out of the lineup, but that he might be a factor down the road in the playoffs.






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