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How Bruins Plan to Approach ‘Load Management’ Leading Up to Playoffs

The Boston Bruins can afford to rest some players in order to keep them fresh for the postseason now that they have secured their playoff position. However, will they

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Arlington, Virginia: The Boston Bruins have guaranteed a postseason position in the Stanley Cup playoffs with eight games remaining in the regular season. Although they have known for a long time that they would make it, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery can now afford to rest some of the important older players in order to save energy for the tournament.

Bruins' Montgomery Announces Lineup Changes - Boston Bruins News, Analysis  and More

Will he, though? No, based on what he stated on Friday. He doesn’t think it’s necessary.

Charlie McAvoy leads all Bruins players in overall time spent on the ice this season (1,642:58), but he ranks 22nd among NHL defensemen. Brandon Carlo (1,381:39) is ranked 71st, and Hampus Lindholm (1,518:55) comes in at number 46.
The next-highest forward in the league is Charlie Coyle, who is ranked 46th at 1,343:28, followed by David Pastrnak, who is ranked 10th overall, and Brad Marchand, who is ranked 20th (1,427:09).

With just eight games remaining, it would be reasonable to assume that the 35-year-old Marchand would take some time off to ensure he is well recovered for the postseason. Playing just one leg of a back-to-back seems like a realistic assumption, at the very least. Rethink your guess.
Marchand declared on Friday that “you shouldn’t be in the league if you can’t play back-to-backs.” “I don’t feel bad about it because you should be the world’s best-conditioned athletes.”

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