NHL Buzz: Roslovic to make Blue Jackets debut on Thursday


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Columbus Blue Jackets

Jack Roslovic will make his debut with the Blue Jackets against the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV).

The forward, who practiced on a line with Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson on Wednesday, has not played a game since the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he was with the Winnipeg Jets.

“I’m not exactly sure what the lines would be tomorrow, but he’s going to play tomorrow and we’ll start figuring it out on our own, the coaches and I, where he fits, what he is and what we think he can do for us,” Blue Jackets coach Jon Tortorella said after practice Wednesday.

Roslovic, a Columbus native, was acquired with forward Patrik Laine in a trade with the Jets on Saturday for forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

“It’s a great opportunity but I’ve got to really earn my spot,” Roslovic said. “I’ve got to play my game and I do have a lot to show. I know it’s set a fire under me and I’m super excited to play with the guys. I think we have an exceptional team and to be able to come in and be a big piece of it is super important.”

It is unclear when Laine will play due to coronavirus issues related to the United States-Canada border. — Craig Merz

Boston Bruins

Tuukka Rask and Jake DeBrusk will not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, NESN, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL.TV).

Rask, a goalie, made 28 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“Tuukka, given a day off,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday. “Obviously after the first goal (Tuesday), was in a little discomfort, was able to finish the game. So, not feeling 100 percent today. We kept him off the ice. And then, as I said, we’ll go with Jaro [Halak] tomorrow and then hopefully Tuukka’s ready for Saturday in Washington.”

DeBrusk, a forward, did not play after the first period because of a lower-body injury.

“He will not play tomorrow,” Cassidy said. “We’ll go from there. We’ll list him as day to day. If we have anything better tomorrow, we’ll let you know.”

Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has missed the past two games, could return Thursday.

“He looks like he’s trending well, so hopefully he’s back tomorrow,” Cassidy said. “We’ll see about that.” — Amalie Benjamin

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