Though Patrice Bergeron is out Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Hampus Lindholm will make his Boston Bruins debut — Mike Reilly is the odd man out as he’ll be a healthy scratch for Boston. Brad Marchand shared his thoughts on Lindholm.
“What a good-looking guy, man,” Marchand said of his new teammate. He’s got it all. He’s like an Arnold Schwarzenegger-type figure. But no, he’s a really good guy…we’re really excited to have him. Even just playing against him the little bit that we did this year, I didn’t enjoy it. Really looking forward to having him on the ice. Great player.”
The 6-foot-4 lefty defenseman, 28, has five goals and 17 assists through 61 games with Anaheim — the team he’s been with the entirety of his nine-year career — this season. The longtime Duck wasn’t able to contribute to Monday’s win over the Canadiens, though he will make his Boston debut tonight.
In addition to his talents on the ice, Marchand also credits his off-ice additions to the Bruins.
“From everything I’ve gathered off the ice, great — great teammate, great guy,” said Marchand. “So, he’s going to fit in very well with this team. Very happy to have him here for a long period for the next eight years. Just the depth that it adds to our group on our back end is awesome.”
Jack Studnicka will remain on the top forward line for the Bruins with Jake DeBrusk — who stayed with the team at the deadline and signed an extension — and Brad Marchand — who recently just launched his own cereal brand. As mentioned, Reilly will be a scratch — as Derek Forbort and Connor Clifton will remain together on the third pairing and Lindholm will play tonight with Matt Grzelcyk on the first pair.
Jeremy Swayman will be in net as the Bolts take on the B’s at the TD Garden.