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Torey Krug, Austin Czarnik set to return to B's lineup vs. Avalanche

Ty Anderson
October 09, 2017 - 12:51 pm

The bodies of forward Austin Czarnik and defenseman Torey Krug are healed up and ready to go, as they have both been activated off the injured reserve and inserted into today’s lineup as the Bruins play host to the Avalanche in a Columbus Day matinee.

The 5-foot-9 Czarnik missed the final week of training camp with a ‘nasty’ virus and was also forced to miss Thursday’s opening night victory (though Czarnik was in the building and all smiles), but has put in some serious work over the last few days as a full participant in practice. A crafty pivot despite his size, the 24-year-old Czarnik finished last season with five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the Big B’s last season, and contributed six goals and 23 points in 22 games for the P-Bruins.

Krug, meanwhile, returns to action after having been out of game action since Sept. 19’s preseason game against the Red Wings, where he took a puck to the face and suffered a nondisplaced jaw fracture. A 51-point defenseman a season ago, Krug is clearly ready to go and play in this newer, up-tempo style of play put forth by the B’s young guns, saying that he’s ‘been waiting five years’ for the Bruins to switch to this kind of game.

But what would be the biggest addition of all, No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron, remains unable to go, according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. The good news is that the 32-year-old Bergeron, who remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury, will travel for the team’s upcoming three-game road trip, according to Cassidy.

Tuukka Rask gets the start in net for the Bruins. Rask made stops on 26 of the 29 shots thrown his way in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Predators, and enters play with one win and a .937 save percentage in six career games against the Avalanche.

The Avs will counter with Semyon Varlamov. The Russian netminder was straight-up fantastic in Colorado’s opening night victory over the Rangers, with just two goals surrendered on 39 shots against, and stops on all 20 even-strength shots against. Times have changed since, but Varlamov posted a 30-save shutout in his last start in Boston, which came all the way back in 2011 (that was also a Columbus Day matinee).

The Bruins have not defeated the Avalanche in Boston since 1998.

Here are the projected lines and pairings

Brad Marchand - Ryan Spooner - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Anders Bjork

Sean Kuraly - Riley Nash - Tim Schaller

Matt Beleskey - Austin Czarnik - Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

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