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Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk will return to lineup vs. Coyotes

Ty Anderson
December 07, 2017 - 1:08 pm

No longer requiring medical clearance to return from the undisclosed injury that put him out of commission for the last three games, Jake DeBrusk is ready to get back at it.

Confirmed to be in tonight’s lineup against the Coyotes and expected to be in his usual spot to the left of David Krejci on Boston’s second line, according to B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy, the 21-year-old DeBrusk knows what he has to do for the team.

“Just bring my energy, my speed, and do anything to help the team win,” DeBrusk said of his goals. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to get back in the mix, I’m looking forward to it.”

Not that there’s ever a ‘good time’ to miss games due to injury, but DeBrusk’s departure really could not have happened at a worse time for the crafty winger, who had two goals and six points in five games before the injury, and with 18 shots on goal over that span.

“You never want to miss hockey when you’re playing your best,” admitted DeBrusk. “I’m looking to continue that. It wasn’t too long ago, so I still remember [how to play like that].

“Pucks were going in. I think I was getting rewarded. I had my legs in those games, and that’s my biggest focus. I think that when I’m skating like that, I generate more chances.”

DeBrusk’s return means that the Bruins need to make a roster move of some sort, but it doesn’t sound as if it’ll be the major one that’s hanging over this team, as Ryan Spooner (lower-body) seems likely to be moved to the injured reserve ahead of tonight’s game.

B’s defenseman Torey Krug, who missed Wednesday’s practice with what the team called a maintenance day, will also be in the lineup tonight.

This game will conclude the season series with the Coyotes. The Bruins won the first head-to-head by a 6-2 final in Arizona on Oct. 14, and have won 11 straight games over the Coyotes dating back to 2010. 

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