Bruins' Injured Matt Grzelcyk Likely to Play vs. Blues in Stanley Cup Game 7

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2019

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 09: Tuukka Rask #40 celebrates with Matt Grzelcyk #48 of the Boston Bruins after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has been cleared to return from a concussion to play in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced the update and noted Grzelcyk "looks like he'll go in" the lineup in the place of Connor Clifton.

The 25-year-old Boston native suffered a concussion in Game 2 on a hit by Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, who received a one-game suspension for the play that caused the injury.

Grzelcyk missed the last four games, including the Bruins' 5-1 road win in Game 6 on Sunday to force a seventh and deciding game for the NHL championship.

The Boston University product tallied three goals and 15 assists for 18 points in 66 games during the 2018-19 regular season, his second full year in the NHL. He had seven points in 19 playoff appearances before suffering the injury.

Although he hadn't been cleared for full contact, he's been practicing with the Bruins since last Wednesday with hope he'd receive the green light before the end of the Final.

"The toughest thing is just not being out there with the team," Grzelcyk told reporters last week. "Having to sit and watch is obviously tough when you get to this stage. I'm just happy to be back around the guys. I'm feeling a lot more like myself and hopefully I get cleared to play."

His expected return should bolster the already-favored Bruins' chances of raising their seventh Stanley Cup and first since 2011. They are listed as -175 favorites (bet $175 to win $100) in Wednesday's game, per Vegas Insider.

Faceoff for Game 7 is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on NBC at TD Garden in Boston.

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