Brad Marchand C BOS 4 Months

Brad Marchand was back on the ice for practice Wednesday after he missed Tuesday's session.

"Just felt like taking the day off," said Marchand, who may have been battling an illness. "Called (coach) Claude (Julien) and said I'm not coming in. He's a good guy like that." He's expected to be ready to play in Game 1 against Montreal on Thursday night. Marchand will play alongside his regular linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.

Brad Marchand C BOS 4 Months

Brad Marchand missed a couple of yawning cage opportunities in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Detroit.

So he was relieved when teammate Jarome Iginla scored in the extra session to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the series. "I think I gave him a huge kiss there," said Marchand. "It was great to have him score that goal and I'll be able to sleep good tonight." Marchand doesn't have a point yet in four playoff games, so he plans to avoid getting involved in scrums for a while. He thinks he plays better when he's "playing hard and gritty."

Brad Marchand C BOS 4 Months

Brad Marchand was tripped by Brendan Smith's leg in the second and appeared to be hurt on the play.

He was able to return, though. Marchand favored his other leg when he went got up, which prompted some criticism on Twitter. "That's why they're on the Twitter-verse and they're not playing in this league," Marchand said. "I twisted my other leg when I landed." He wasn't agitated with Smith for the play and was glad that he escaped without getting injured.

Brad Marchand C BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand picked up his first power-play goal of the season in Sunday's regular season finale.

He also earned an assist on Loui Eriksson's power-play tally late in the first period. He received an average of just 29 seconds of ice time per match with the man advantage this season. Marchand registered 25 goals on the year, including five shorthanded. He had a tough start, but found his form as it progressed.

Brad Marchand C BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand turned around his season after a particularly slow start.

The Bruin sparkplug registered only four points in 12 October games and looked as lost as he looked in the 2013 playoffs. However, since the beginning of November, Marchand registered 46 points in 68 games. With 50 points overall he is only five off his career high of 55 set in the 2011-12 season. What is even more impressive about Marchand's offensive output is that not a single point was registered on the power play. Marchand remains a solid mid-round fantasy pick.

Brad Marchand C BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand scored the only Boston goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Jets Thursday night.

Marchand's 24th of the season brings him to within four of his career high of 28, something he has accomplished extremely quietly this season. Reilly Smith and David Krejci picked up helpers on the goal.

Brad Marchand C BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand snapped a seven-game goalless slump in Thursday's overtime loss to Toronto.

The pesky winger has 23 goals and 48 points in 77 games this campaign. Marchand also added an assist in the match to give him a three-game scoring streak.

Brad Marchand C BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand registered his 22nd marker of the season in Tuesday's win over New Jersey.

It snapped a six-game goalless skid for him and gave him just his second goal in his past 11 outings. Marchand hasn't been very productive this month, but he has scored points in bunches this season. He scored shorthanded against the Devils and now leads the NHL with five tallies while killing a penalty.

Brad Marchand C BOS 6 Months

After a very slow start to the 2013-14 season, Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 20 goals.

He became the team's first 20-goal scorer in Wednesday's overtime loss against Buffalo. His offense helps gives Boston two solid scoring lines. It took him some time to get going, but he should be much more dependable for the rest of the season.

Brad Marchand C BOS 7 Months

Brad Marchand scored a goal and recorded two assists in Boston's 7-2 win over Ottawa.

Marchand has done very well against the Senators this season with three goals and six points in four matches. Overall, he has 19 goals and 37 points in 57 games this season.