News:Brad Marchand notched the game-winner in overtime, while adding an assist in 22:17 of ice time in Thursday's Game 1 of the Bruins' second-round series against the Rangers.
Analysis:Brad Marchand left Thursday's morning skate in some pain due to an undisclosed injury, but not only did he suit up that evening, he turned in arguably his best effort in the postseason to date.
News:Brad Marchand (undisclosed) is active for Thursday's Game 1, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: After exiting morning skate with an undisclosed ailment, Brad Marchand will be available for the Bruins, just as coach Claude Julien indicated. He'll team up with Patrice Bergeron and Jaromir Jagr to form the Bruins' second line.
News: Though Brad Marchand left the Bruins' morning skate due to an unspecified injury, his status for Thursday night's second-round opener is not in doubt, NHL.com reports. "He'll be fine. He'll be there tonight," coach Julien said of the forward after Thursday's skate.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who led the Bruins with 18 goals and 36 points in 45 regular season games, has recorded three assists in seven playoff games to date. The Bruins will be looking for improved play from the Marchand/Tyler Seguin/Patrice Bergeron line in the team's coming series against the Rangers, given that the trio took a back seat to the David Krejci/Milan Lucic/Nathan Horton troika in Round 1.
Bruins' Marchand Leaves Thursday Morning Skate Early
News:Brad Marchand (unspecified injury) left Thursday's morning skate in some pain, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: The report suggests that Brad Marchand, who did not return to the ice after his departure, looked like he might have pulled something. As a result, we may need to wait until warmups before getting a handle on Marchand's availability for Thursday's second-round playoff opener against the Rangers.
News:Brad Marchand scored a goal in 16:25 worth of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: After missing two games recently due to a concussion, Brad Marchand is back to his usual ways of using his wheels/skills to create scoring chances for the B's. On the other side of the coin though, when the feisty winger tried to get Jussi Jokinen to drop the gloves Saturday, he ended up alone in the penalty box for roughing, which led to a costly Pittsburgh power-play goal.
News:Brad Marchand (concussion) will play Wednesday against the Sabres.
Analysis:Brad Marchand will return to action, along with teammate Patrice Bergeron, one week after suffering what was described as a mild concussion.
News: According to coach Claude Julien, Brad Marchand (concussion) has been cleared to play and should be in the lineup Wednesday against the Sabres.
Analysis: The same applies to Patrice Bergeron and if the duo does indeed return Wednesday, it will be a big lift for the B's up front, given that Brad Marchand leads the team in scoring and Bergeron is tied for second.
News: Though Brad Marchand (concussion) noted that he took a little contact at practice Tuesday, he hasn't been cleared to play yet.
Analysis:Brad Marchand referred to what he did Tuesday as a "step in the right direction," but it looks like he'll miss additional time, starting with Wednesday's game against the Sabres.
News:Brad Marchand (concussion) skated at practice Tuesday, WEEI.com reports.
Analysis: The report notes that Brad Marchand did not seem to be limited while skating Tuesday, while taking some contact in the process. While his progress is encouraging, it remains to be seen how close Marchand is to a return to game action.
News:Brad Marchand (concussion) has not yet been cleared for contact, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who skated for the second day in a row Monday, reported afterward that he felt well after doing so. At this point, we'd imagine that Marchand will still miss a couple more games, but he is clearly progressing.
News:Brad Marchand (concussion) was on the ice with his teammates Monday morning.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who took line rushes with Jordan Caron and Jay Pandolfo on Monday, isn't in line to return to action immediately, but his presence on the ice for the first time since April 10 is nonetheless a good sign.
News:Brad Marchand suffered a mild concussion Wednesday against the Devils, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: GM Peter Chiarelli added that the team will "provide an update on (Brad Marchand's) status when appropriate," but for now, we'll consider the Bruins' top scorer out indefinitely.
News:Brad Marchand, who was forced out of Wednesday's game in the second period after taking an elbow to the side of the head, is iffy for Thursday's game against the Islanders, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: It's unclear at this point whether or not Brad Marchand sustained a concussion Wednesday, but if he did, he would have to be off skates for a minimum of one week, per league protocol. The Bruins will provide an update on Marchand's status later Thursday, after he is assessed by doctors.
News:Brad Marchand was removed from Wednesday's game after receiving an elbow to the head from the Devils' Anton Volchenkov, CSNNE.com reports.
Analysis: Volchenkov was penalized for the vicious hit while Brad Marchand headed to the locker room, though he was able to add an assist to his ledger before exiting. Consider Marchand day-to-day for the time being.
News:Brad Marchand scored a pair of goals in Monday's 6-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis:Brad Marchand had tallied just twice over his previous 17 games, but on Monday, he clicked nicely with his latest set of linemates, Gregory Campbell and Jaromir Jagr. Overall, Marchand leads the Bruins in both goals (16) and points (32) in 37 games played.
News:Brad Marchand scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a win over Tampa, his fourth game in five with a marker.
Analysis: Though he has just two assists on the year, Brad Marchand's been a quality source of goal-scoring, totaling nine despite missing some games due to a shoulder injury.
News:Brad Marchand scored the game winning-goal on the power play Sunday against the Jets.
Analysis:Brad Marchand has eight goals in 12 games, but he only has one assist so far. He scored three goals in his last four contests.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) notched his team-leading sixth goal in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: It was an energetic effort put forth by Brad Marchand on Sunday after he missed just one game with a shoulder injury. The feisty winger saw 15:53 worth of ice time Sunday and looks good to go going forward.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) will play Sunday against the Sabres.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, all viewed as game-time decisions, will suit up for the B's on Sunday, who look healthy up front once again.
Bruins' Marchand (Shoulder) A Game-Time Decision Sunday
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Sabres.
Analysis: As of Saturday, Brad Marchand had not been cleared for contact. It's a good sign that he's been upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision, but a return Sunday seems unlikely.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) hasn't been cleared for contact and is considered doubtful for Saturday's game against the Lightning, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, it looks like Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille should be available Saturday, but with Brad Marchand likely to remain sidelined, look for Tyler Seguin to skate on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic that evening, with Nathan Horton rolling with Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley.
News: Coach Claude Julien said that Brad Marchand (upper body) could play as soon as Saturday against the Lightning, the Boston Globe reports. "He's definitely not a write-off for Saturday," Julien said of Marchand. "A lot can happen in two days, and we'll see how all that works out."
Analysis:Brad Marchand did not skate with the Bruins on Thursday, but Julien's comments Thursday confirm that the feisty winger's injury isn't considered a long-term deal.
News: Coach Claude Julien believes that Brad Marchand -- who missed Wednesday's game against Montreal with an upper body injury -- shouldn't be out too much longer, the Boston Herald reports. "He's doing well," noted Julien. "Again, we're going to hold him back and we're going to keep our fingers crossed that he's in the next game. He's that close. It's a matter of days. It's not as serious as most injuries but I'll go back to what I've said a million times already. We're being extra cautious early on in the season."
Analysis: We'll consider Brad Marchand day-to-day as the Bruins' back-to-back contests against Tampa Bay and Buffalo on Friday and Saturday approach, but it's good news that his injury is not a long-term issue. Ryan Spooner remains on hand to fill in for the Bruins up front as long as Marchand is sidelined.
News:Brad Marchand will not play Wednesday against the Canadiens because of an undisclosed injury, the Boston Globe reports. "We're going to keep our fingers crossed that he's in next game," coach Claude Julien said. "He's that close. It's a matter of days here. It's not as serious as most injuries, except that we're being extra cautious early on in the season."
Analysis: Other reports have suggested that Brad Marchand suffered a shoulder injury Saturday against Toronto, but either way the feisty forward is considered day-to-day. His absence will open the door for Ryan Spooner to make his NHL debut Wednesday.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) was not spotted at the Bruins' Wednesday morning skate.
Analysis: As a result, Gregory Campbell took Brad Marchand's spot during line rushes along with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, while Ryan Spooner skated with the B's fourth line. We'll still view Marchand as a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Montreal, but his absence from the team's morning skate does cloud his status for that contest.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) is viewed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Brad Marchand was able to practice Tuesday, so his chances of suiting up Wednesday look decent, but if he is unable to go, then Ryan Spooner is on hand to round out the B's forward corps.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) is making the trip with the Bruins to Montreal and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow forwards Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton won't travel with the team, so either way, the Bruins will be a little shorthanded up front, but the fact that Brad Marchand will be on the road with the B's seems to confirm previous comments downplaying his shoulder issue.
News:Brad Marchand (shoulder) didn't practice Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Brad Marchand's status for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens is unclear, but if he is unable to suit up, then look for Gregory Campbell to move up to take Marchand's spot in that game on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.
News: Coach Claude Julien noted after Saturday's win over the Leafs that Brad Marchand could have continued to play after suffering a shoulder injury in the game, but the team elected to play it safe with the winger, the Boston Globe reports. "He could have played in a pinch," said Julien. "He wanted to keep going, but we don't want to lose players long term. We are going to be cautious with our guys."
Analysis: It sounds like Brad Marchand, who was not made available to the media after the game, may have avoided a serious shoulder injury here, but it remains unclear at this point if his availability for the coming week will be impacted. Working in his favor perhaps is that Bruins next game isn't until Wednesday.
Bruins' Marchand Leaves Game After Injuring Shoulder
News:Brad Marchand missed his last shift of the second period of Saturday's game and didn't return to the game for the third period after slamming shoulder-first into the end boards, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis:Brad Marchand drove to the net wide on the left wing side, but couldn't cut back in front and instead hit James Reimer's outstretched leg. He had no chance to get his arms out and he stuck the boards shoulder first. A separated shoulder could cost him several weeks; fingers crossed that's not the diagnosis.
News:Brad Marchand scored two goals Thursday in a loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: He did go minus-1 as the Bruins surrendered seven goals, but Brad Marchand's been steady early on this year, totaling six points (five of them goals) in seven games.
News:Brad Marchand registered an assist in Friday's victory over the Islanders, giving a point in each of the last three games.
Analysis:Brad Marchand is establishing himself as one of the league's more complete two-way forwards, delivering points and being a pain to play against. Expect Marchand to continue to deliver offensive numbers as he is slated to see top-line duty both at even strength and on the power play.
News:Brad Marchand did not practice Tuesday, an absence head coach Claude Julien referred to as a "maintenance day," the Boston Globe reports. "You guys will probably see a lot of that," said Julien, noting that players with early-season bumps and bruises will be monitored closely.
Analysis:Brad Marchand traveled with the team to New York for Wednesday night's game against Rangers and his ability to play will be monitored throughout the day.
News:Brad Marchand scored the Bruins' lone goal in regulation time in Monday's 2-1 shootout win over the Jets.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who began the game on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, also saw some ice time with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Regardless of who his linemates are, Marchand -- who saw 18:25 worth of ice time Monday -- will continue to see ample playing time going forward in his agitator/offensive sparkplug role.
News:Brad Marchand continues to skate on a line in training camp with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Aside from earning a reputation as a pesky agitator on the ice, the energetic Brad Marchand has developed into a nice fantasy left winger. He racked up 55 points (including 28 goals) and 87 PIM in 76 games to go along with a tidy plus-31 rating in 2011-12, and we wouldn't be surprised to see an uptick in Marchand's offensive production this season in conjunction with the continued development of Seguin, his electric young linemate.
News: The Bruins have signed Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, the Bruins' official site reports. The report notes that his deal will be worth an average of $4.5 million a year.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who recorded 28/27/55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games this past season, has a well-earned reputation as a pesky agitator, but beyond that he brings speed, energy and solid puck skills to the table and a modest bump in his scoring numbers this season could be in the cards, as he continues to gain experience.
News:Brad Marchand scored in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay, his third goal over the last five games.
Analysis:Brad Marchand has been a valuable player in multi-category leagues this season and he continues to produce for Boston. Expect him to continue producing as the season winds down.
News:Brad Marchand assisted on linemate Patrice Bergeron's early shorthanded goal, then added a goal of his own as the Bruins beat the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Analysis:Brad Marchand's marker was an empty-netter in the game's final second, but it counts, right? In case you follow power-play ice time carefully and fret that he skated just 54 seconds with the man advantage, be comforted; the Bs had just one power play all night.
News:Brad Marchand snapped a six-game scoring drought with a multi-point effort Saturday against Washington.
Analysis: He tallied his 23rd goal of the season while delivering his 22nd assist. Brad Marchand has put together a pair of nice streaks this season, so perhaps Saturday will mark the beginning of another surge after he played just 15:10 against the Sabres on Thursday night and managed to see 19:05 in Saturday's matinee.
News:Brad Marchand, who was shaken up by a Tyler Myers hit late in Thursday's win over Buffalo, could have played had he been needed, according to coach Claude Julien, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see if Brad Marchand's practice participation is impacted at all, but it sounds like he escaped the sort of injury that could sideline him, which is good news for the Bruins, who are already shorthanded up front. Marchand has not scored a point in six games, but he continues to agitate opponents and is bound to get back in the offensive groove sooner rather than later.
News:Brad Marchand had two goals, both at even strength, in a 4-2 Boston victory over St. Louis. He had gone six straight games without scoring a goal entering Wednesday night's action.
Analysis: With 21 goals on the season, Brad Marchand has already equaled last year's goal-scoring output and he has a good shot at 30 with 24 games remaining on Boston's schedule.
News:Brad Marchand scored one of Boston's three goals in Tuesday's loss to Washington, his first goal since returning from a five-game suspension earlier this month.
Analysis: It took the peevish winger four games to get back in the goal column, but he managed to get it done on Tuesday. Brad Marchand has a point in each of the last two games and a steady 34 points in 41 games on the season.
News:Brad Marchand returned from his five-game suspension Thursday against the Devils, recording 16:40 worth of ice time.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who has racked up 32 points and 75 PIM in 38 games to go along with a tidy plus-27 rating to date, has, aside from being a pesky agitator on the ice, developed into a nice fantasy left winger, that is when he stays out of trouble with the league.
News:Brad Marchand will return from his five-game suspension Thursday against the Devils, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who prior to his suspension was the team's third-leading scorer (16-16-32), will rejoin linemates Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron on Thursday. The Bruins have lost two of three games, so the return of Marchand and Rich Peverley for that matter, will be a nice boost for the team up front. The challenge for Marchand will be maintaining his feisty play, without crossing the line. If he does, the league won't hesitate to discipline him further.
News:Brad Marchand has been suspended for five games for what what the league termed a "predatory, low hit" on Vancouver's Sami Salo on Saturday, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis:Brad Marchand's track record as an agitator probably didn't help his case, nor does the fact that Salo suffered a concussion as a result of the hit. Zach Hamill figures to step into the Boston lineup while Marchand cools his heels for the next five games.
News:Brad Marchand will have a disciplinary hearing (via phone) Monday with Brendan Shanahan to discuss the major clipping penalty the forward was assessed with Saturday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Since Vancouver's Sami Salo suffered a concussion as the result of the hit, don't be surprised if Brad Marchand is fined, or even suspended for his submarine-style hit which up-ended the Canucks' blueliner.
News:Brad Marchand (illness) scored a goal in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who also racked up 15 penalty minutes courtesy of a misconduct and a "clipping" major, now has 16 goals and 32 points in 37 games to date, which puts him on track to easily surpass his 21/20/41 line (in 71 games) in 2010-11. On the flip side, Marchand
could face league discipline for his actions Saturday.
News:Brad Marchand (illness) will play in Saturday's game against the Canucks, according to the Bruins' official Twitter page.
Analysis:Brad Marchand mad it through pregame warmups, so it looks like he'll be in the lineup Saturday. With 11 points and 14 PIMs in his last nine games, it shouldn't be hard to find a spot for him in your fantasy lineup.
News:Brad Marchand (illness) is feeling better Friday and will most likely be able to play against the Canucks on Saturday, according to the Boston Globe.
Analysis: The Bruins kept Brad Marchand out of Friday's practice, but he will skate on his own later Friday and assuming no setbacks, he should be out there for Saturday's matinee, a Stanley Cup final rematch against Vancouver.
News:Brad Marchand will not play in Thursday's game against the Flames due to flu-like symptoms, according to the Bruins' official Twitter feed.
Analysis: This will be the first game Brad Marchand, the team's second-leading scorer with 31 points, will have missed all season, and it doesn't sound like it's anything more than a short-term illness. As good as Marchand has been playing, everyone knows the Bruins run plenty deep and should be able to compensate. Benoit Pouliot will take his place on the Bruins' second line along with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Sequin.
News:Brad Marchand had a hat trick and added two assists in Boston's 8-0 manhandling of Florida on Friday night. It was his first career hat trick.
Analysis: The five points in one game were also a career-high for the 23-year-old forward. After struggling earlier in December, Brad Marchand has racked up 10 points (6G, 4A) in his last six games.
News:Brad Marchand scored in Monday's win over Montreal and has three goals in the last four games.
Analysis:Brad Marchand has five points the last five games and continues to be one of Boston's more valuable players. The agitating winger also registered two hits in the victory and is having a strong follow-up season to a good rookie season with 24 points in 32 games, putting him at .66 points per game.
News:Brad Marchand scored two of Boston's three goals in Tuesday's win over Los Angeles, ending a five-game goal drought.
Analysis:Brad Marchand had been quiet in December, picking up just two points in five games heading into Tuesday. His plus-minus is still among the league leaders, and for a checking forward, he is showing quite a goal-scoring touch with 11 tallies in 29 games.
News:Brad Marchand grabbed a goal in Tuesday's 4-3 win over New Jersey, extending a points-streak to six games and nine points. Marchand has goals in three straight games.
Analysis: The hockey-savvy 23-year old has been playing strongly of late and his numbers are reflective of his effort. Brad Marchand has been one of several Boston players finding their offensive game and the second-year center has 13 points and 35 penalty minutes on the season.
News:Brad Marchand scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's win over the Sabres. He was also plus-3.
Analysis: His point streak now stands at five games and eight points. His has 12 points in 15 games this season ... his breakout is upon us.
News:Brad Marchand doubled his goal total for the season Thursday in a win over Edmonton, scoring a power-play goal in the second period and sealing the 6-3 win with the final goal late in the third.
Analysis: With assists in the three games prior, Brad Marchand's quietly got a four-game points streak going as he tries to build on last season's 41-point campaign. He's been hot and cold, but even when he's not scoring, Marchand is a solid contributor of PIM, plus-minus and hits.
News:Brad Marchand notched a pair of assists in Saturday's win over the Lightning.
Analysis:Brad Marchand, who was a dynamo in last season's playoffs, has picked up right where he left off, tallying three points in the B's first two games. He may not post monster numbers within the Bruins' balanced attack, but Marchand, who scored 41 points last season, is justifiably brimming with confidence these days and that's likely to result in increased production in his second full season with the B's.
News:Brad Marchand signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Bruins on Wednesday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: He'll collect $2 million for the upcoming season and $3 million for 2012-13. Assuming that he continues the growth he showed last season, Brad Marchand could see a huge contract next time he reaches free agency.
News: The Bruins and Brad Marchand seem far apart on a new deal and the player's agent says he's "hopeful, but it's [a deal] no sure thing," reports CSN New England.
Analysis: "Discussions with the Bruins remain open and ongoing regarding Brad, but nothing is imminent," said Brad Marchand's agent, Wade Arnott. His comments cast a sliver of doubt on the talks which have been going on for quite a while. It is thought that Marchand and his agent may be pushing for a deal like the one Sean Bergenheim got in Florida (four years, $11 million) while the B's spend time trying to determine if he's a one-hit wonder or a multi-year cat. Marchand wants to stay in Boston and he and Patrice Bergeron are a fantastic duo. This could get dicey as camp gets close and he could even sit out to get a deal done. Let's hope things are signed and sealed before then.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli recently called re-signing Marchand (a restricted free agent) a top priority for the Bruins, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Chiarelli noted that there has been progress with the negotiations and for his part, Marchand seems confident that a deal will get done to keep him in Boston, where his feisty play and Stanley Cup playoff exploits have made him a fan favorite. "We're confident something is going to get done real soon. I don't think either of us are worried. We know something is going to get done," said Marchand. "They know I want to be here. I know they want me here."
Boston's Marchand Nets Two In Stanley Cup Win Wednesday
News: Marchand had two goals and an assist to help Boston to a 4-0 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The rookie forward finished the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 11 goals and eight assists in 25 games and was a force throughout the Finals.
News: Marchand snagged his ninth goal of the playoffs with Boston's opening goal in Monday's 5-2, Game 6 win over Vancouver.
Analysis: Marchand fired a surgically precise wrister over the left shoulder of Roberto Luongo to open Boston's offensive onslaught. The rookie winger has been a revelation this spring and has been a problem for Vancouver, as he has a goal in each of the Bruins' three victories.
News: Marchand scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Vancouver in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Analysis: The Bruins' sparkplug has now scored in two straight games, with both goals being the result of patience and soft hands. Marchand is rightfully recognized for his role as an agitator, but his offensive upside (fueled by his speed and shiftiness) has been on display in the playoffs. Overall, he has eight goals and 15 points in 22 games.
News: Marchand posted his first point of the Eastern Conference Finals with the game-winning goal in Monday's 3-1, Game 5 victory.
Analysis: Marchand has been making an impact for Boston without getting his name on the scoresheet too often. The rookie is proving himself highly valuable to the Bruins' run at the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Marchand's postseason excellence continued Saturday in Game 1 against the Flyers. He scored twice and added an assist, and now has eight points in as many games.
Analysis: He may be small but he has been in the heat of the action in just about every game. In fact, he's been instrumental in Boston's playoff success -- all but one of his points have been in wins -- and that could foreshadow a significant improvement in fantasy value in the next couple seasons. Nab him now.
News: Marchand scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Thursday's shootout loss to the Leafs, giving him 40 points for the year.
Analysis: Marchand has a three-game points streak going now. He's had a terrific first full NHL season, and at the tender age of 22, has room to grow into an even better player than he already is.
News: Marchand, who sat out losses to Toronto and Nashville while serving a two-game suspension this past week, returned to the Bruins' lineup Tuesday.
Analysis: Marchand, who has been stuck on goal No. 19 since Feb. 22, had one shot in 16:03 of ice time Tuesday. Now that he's back, he's decent left wing option in deeper leagues.
News: Marchand has been suspended for two games for Tuesday's hit on Columbus's R.J. Umberger, NECN.com reports.
Analysis: Not that a suspension was the desired outcome here, but Marchand has been scuffling a bit of late and is scoreless in his last six games. Perhaps the view from the press box for a couple of games and the perspective that can provide, might help the feisty winger get back on track when he is eligible to return.
News: Marchand will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone Thursday in the wake of his elbow to the head of the Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger on Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: While there was no penalty assessed on the play, Marchand could still face a suspension. While of course that wouldn't be the desired outcome, Marchand is scuffling a bit and scoreless in his last six games, so a game or two in the press box (if he is punished) and the perspective on the game that provides, might not be a bad thing for the feisty winger.
News: Marchand, who left practice early Friday after being struck by a puck on the foot, saw 13:51 worth of ice time in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Analysis: The Bruins' feisty winger, who checks in with 19 goals and 34 points in 58 games, didn't factor in the scoring but he did pick up four PIMs for those in leagues where penalty minutes count. In any case, it looks safe to deploy Marchand, who had scored three goals in his previous two contests prior to Saturday, going forward.
News: Marchand left practice early Friday after being struck by a puck, The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: He had to be helped off the ice after a shot deflected off his right foot during the team's morning workout, but he claims it is only sore and should be able to play Saturday night against Calgary.
News: Marchand scored twice in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Senators on Friday.
Analysis: The Canadian rookie is playing with plenty of confidence and it's reflecting in the box score. Someone had to step up with Marc Savard lost for the remainder of the regular season, and Marchand has answered the call.
News: Marchand scored his 15th goal of the season to open the scoring in Wednesday's 8-6 win over Montreal.
Analysis: Marchand, who played 20 games for the B's last season without recording a goal, now has nine tallies over his last 14 games. Marchand has always brought feisteiness to the table, but his speed has helped create scoring chances for him and now that he is playing with a high level of confidence, he's starting to cash in on his chances on a regular basis.
News: Marchand scored an empty net goal and added a pair of assists in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Stars.
Analysis: The feisty Marchand has brought energy to the table for the B's all season, but of late, he has picked up the scoring pace -- 14 points in his last 13 games -- which makes him of interest in deeper formats, especially given his nifty plus-24 rating.
News: Marchand snagged the game-winning goal Wednesday against Florida, his third in three games.
Analysis: Marchand's having a solid season when factoring in his plus-22 rating. 25 points won't set the league alight, but he's been factoring into Boston's success and he's been red-hot in January as well.
News: Marchand recorded his first career two-goal game in Saturday's win over Colorado. He also tallied two assists to give him his best offensive game of his pro career.
Analysis: Wow -- what a game. He has 10 points in his last nine games. And with the injury to Marc Savard, Marchand will likely see increased opportunity down the middle.
News: Marchand had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over Ottawa.
Analysis: Marchand very quietly is up to 18 points on the season. While that won't make him worthy of a roster spot on most fantasy squads, he has been a very useful role player for Boston and in some very deep formats he's even become a guy worth looking at. He's pointed in three straight games.
News: Marchand (undisclosed) return to the Boston lineup Tuesday and picked up a goal.
Analysis: Marchand had missed the team's previous three games. Marchand provides very little offense, but if for some reason you need him, he appears safe to activate.
News: Marchand (undisclosed injury) won't play against the Panthers on Monday, NECN.com reports.
Analysis: The B's pesky forward is close to a return, but coach Claude Julien said that Bruins trainers wanted him to be cautious with Marchand, so Daniel Paille will once again fill in on the team's fourth line Monday.
News: Marchand (undisclosed injury) will play Monday against the Panthers, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Marchand, who will resume his fourth-line duties along with linemates Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton on Monday, brings energy and speed to the table and has been an effective penalty killer, but as long as he skates on the B's energy line, his fantasy upside is limited.
News: Marchand (undisclosed injury) was at practice Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Coach Claude Julien said that Marchand's condition will be re-evaluated Monday morning, which keeps the B's pesky forward in the day-to-day category.
News: Marchand will not play Thursday against the Thrashers due to an undisclosed injury, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Marchand was able to skate Thursday morning, but for now he is day-to-day. As a result, Daniel Paille is slated to fill in for him on the B's energy line/penalty killing unit.
News: Marchand did not play Monday against the Ducks due to an undisclosed injury resulting from a hit that he absorbed Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Coach Claude Julien said that Marchand is considered to be day-to-day. Daniel Paille will take Marchand's place on the Bruins' fourth line while he is out.
News: Marchand (undisclosed injury) was not present for the Bruins' Monday morning skate, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: That's a pretty good indication that Marchand won't be available for Monday night's game against the Ducks and if that's the case, look for Daniel Paille to skate on the B's fourth line in his place.
News: Marchand left Saturday's win over the Caps in the second period due to an undisclosed injury, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Coach Claude Julien said that Marchand is day-to-day. Thirty-one games into the season, Marchand has four goals and 12 points, so he's not really a fantasy factor, but he is a key member of the team's energy line/penalty-killing unit.
News: Marchand scored seconds into the third period Wednesday and helped start his team to a 3-1 comeback win over host Florida.
Analysis: Marchand's goal was scored shorthanded after his dump-in took a funny bounce off of Tomas Vokoun's stick and he was able to beat a pair of Panthers to the loose puck. This was Marchand's third goal of the season.
News: Marchand scored the first goal of his NHL career and added an assist (both in shorthanded situations) in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: The way Marchand has been buzzing around of late, the goal (which came in his 29th NHL game) was inevitable. As a fourth-liner and penalty killer, he's not always going to show up on the score sheet as he did Wednesday, but Marchand has some wheels and good puck skills and is not without some upside on offense. He has developed very good chemistry with linemates Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell early on, helping give the Bruins' a fourth line trio that coach Claude Julien is comfortable to roll out in any situation.
News: Marchand, who did not practice Friday after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot in Thursday's game, saw 10:44 worth of ice time Saturday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Marchand has just one assist through six games, but he's carved out a role on the B's energy line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Marchand has a bit of offensive upside, but for now he will earn his keep as a feisty agitator more so than a scorer.
News: Marchand did not practice Friday after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot in Thursday's game, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: The Bruins are calling it a maintenance day and expect Marchand to be available for Saturday's game against the Rangers.