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Bruins set to add David Backes, Brad Marchand back to lineup

Ty Anderson
November 29, 2017 - 3:26 pm

The losses of Jake DeBrusk (upper-body) and David Krejci (upper-body) will be evened out by the return of both David Backes and Brad Marchand.

At least that’s what the Bruins are hoping for with tonight’s head-to-head against the NHL-best Lightning.

It’s really the only way that you can help lessen the blow of two top-six departures, and the best ‘positive’ mindset possible for a B’s team that just can’t get healthy.

“It's [been] tough,” Marchand said of Black and Gold’s season-long injury woes on Tuesday. “Every team goes through it though. You see it all around the league. I think Anaheim is in a similar situation as well. You have to battle through and the guys have.

“We've won four of the last five and we're starting to come together. It's good that guys are able to step up and guys are getting opportunities to take control and be big for us.”

And Marchand -- who opted not to talk about the exact details of injury and whether this most recent absence is related to the first -- has missed eight of the last 10 games, but will return to his normal spot on the B’s top line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, and doesn’t expect much of a wait for a return to form.

“I feel good, I feel like my conditioning is there,” Marchand said. “It may just take a couple of shifts to get back in it. It’s tough to have to do it against a team like Tampa, but regardless, it’ll be nice to get back in it. I’ll skate around and let [Bergeron] play with it.”

Marchand, despite missing eight games this season, still ranks second among all Boston skaters in both goals (eight) and points (15) this season.

Backes, meanwhile, has made an utterly ridiculous recovery, all things considered, as he’s been cleared and will return to the lineup less than four weeks after having 10 inches of his colon surgically removed in a bout with diverticulitis.

“It’s been fluid, it’s been dynamic,” the 33-year-old Backes said of his recovery. “It’s progressed faster than we had imagined when going through the surgery.”

Backes mentioned that he dropped about eight pounds during his first absence and then another seven or so after the surgery, but has worked it down to just a 10-pound net loss after a heavy cream of wheat and toast diet during part of his recovery.

But he even joked that it may make him faster out there, as he’ll begin his first night back on the right side of a newly-designed line two with Danton Heinen and Riley Nash.

The 33-year-old has been limited to just five games this season, with just one assist and 14 shots on goal in that sample, along with 19 hits and four blocked shots.

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