Brad Marchand will make his season debut when the Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
The winger is coming off double hip surgery and is returning about a month ahead of schedule.
“As soon as it turned out I was going to have surgery, they told me it would be at the end of November (before he came back). I said, ‘It won’t be the end of November.’ ‘ Marchand told reporters. “We’ll see what we can do.”
Coach Jim Montgomery said the plan for now is to be conservative with Marchand’s minutes and he will not play in back-to-back games. That includes Friday night’s matchup in Columbus.
Montgomery said Marchand will take his usual front row seat with Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk.
Marchand led the Bruins with 80 points in 70 games last season, scoring 32 goals. He had 11 points in seven postseason games before the Bruins bowed out to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Even without Marchand, the Bruins are off to the best start in the league with six wins in their first seven games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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