With some banged-up bodies on the Boston Bruins roster, the team is looking to Providence to fill some key holes in their lineup. Top-pairing defenseman Charlie McAvoy and centerman Pavel Zacha are battling through ailments, with both described as day-to-day by head coach Jim Montgomery.
On Tuesday, the Bruins recalled forward Jesper Boqvist from AHL Providence. Boqvist has appeared in one game for the Black & Gold this season, an overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 26. The forward's role was limited against Anaheim, as he only saw 6:02 of ice time.
The Swedish forward signed with Boston in July on a one-year, $775,000 contract after spending the first four seasons of his career with the New Jersey Devils. Boqvist, selected at 36th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, has never lived up entirely to his ceiling, but he was serviceable for New Jersey in 70 games last season, collecting 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points.
In 24 games with the P-Bruins this campaign, Boqvist has found the back of the net five times and has nine helpers.
Zacha was knocked out of the Bruins' last game, a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden on Saturday after only logging 6:42 of ice time. Zacha's injury and the benching of 19-year-old center Matthew Poitras on Saturday forced Jim Montgomery to heavily shuffle his lines, with Charlie Coyle and Morgan Geekie having to step in and carry much of the load up the middle for the Bruins.
Star blueliner McAvoy has not dressed since taking a high hit during the third period of Thursday night's contest against the Buffalo Sabres.
With the call-up of Boqvist and the injuries to Zacha and McAvoy, Tuesday morning's practice lines shaped out as follows:
Tomorrow's morning skate should give Bruins' fans a better indication of their lineup for Wednesday night's contest, but Zacha's availability appears doubtful as he didn't even skate today, while McAvoy's availability strikes more optimism after he skated today.
The Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils, Boqvist's former club, tomorrow night in Newark. Puck drop is at 7:30.
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