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Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork will not travel with Bruins for start of road trip

Ty Anderson
November 13, 2017 - 3:51 pm

Even if you didn’t read the headline but paid even a little bit of attention to the Bruins this season, there’s a good chance you know what this story is going to be about.

And yes, you most definitely guessed it: More injuries for your local hockey team.

Back on the ice for a Monday practice at Warrior Ice Arena before they travel out to California for a three-game road trip with stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose, neither top-line winger Brad Marchand nor first-year Anders Bjork could be found on the ice.

After practice, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy revealed that both players were ‘nicked up’ in Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs, and that neither will join the team for the start of this road trip, which begins against the Ducks on Wednesday night.

Marchand missed two games last week with an upper-body injury, but was well enough to return for the weekend home-and-home with the Leafs, with an assist and eight shots on goal in the weekend series (Marchand also played over 20 minutes in each game).

Bjork, meanwhile, is probably dealing with some residual effects from the absolutely devastating hit he took from Toronto’s Matt Martin in Saturday’s 4-1 loss.

“I kind of stumbled a bit and just trying to settle on the puck,” Bjork said of his hit from Martin last Saturday. “Gotta learn from that and get my head up quicker.”

Cassidy did note that neither has been completely ruled out for the whole week, and that both players could meet the team out in California at some point during the trip.

Fourth-line banger Noel Acciari was also absent from practice, but that’s because he was in Michigan attending the funeral services for ex-Providence Friars teammate Drew Brown. The 25-year-old Brown, who played for the Friars from 2011 to 2014 before he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Acciari mentioned Brown in his “I Fight For” video that aired on Hockey Fights Cancer night at TD Garden on Oct. 19.

Acciari is expected to rejoin the team and play in Wednesday’s game against the Ducks.

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