Brad Marchand will not play Wednesday because of an upper-body injury he suffered last Saturday against Toronto.
He didn't take part in the team's morning skate, but he is believed to be close to returning. "We'll hold him back and we'll keep our fingers crossed that he's in next game," said coach Claude Julien. "He's that close. It's just a matter of days here. It's not as serious as most injuries, but -- as I've said a million times -- we're being extra cautious early in the season."