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Bruins assign Zach Trotman, Matt Lindblad to Providence 01.01.15 at 2:39 pm ET
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The Bruins returned Matt Lindblad and Zach Trotman to Providence Thursday.

Lindblad had been recalled prior to Monday’€™s game on an emergency basis after the B’€™s lost Matt Fraser on waivers to the Oilers. He skated on a line with Craig Cunningham and Seth Griffith in Boston’€™s win over Detroit, but served as a healthy scratch Wednesday when both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup.

In two NHL games this season, Lindblad has no points, three shots on goal and an average time on ice of 7:46.

Trotman has skated in 17 games for the Bruins, averaging 17:16 of ice time, but was a healthy scratch in Boston’s last six games. His assignment to Providence leaves the Bruins with seven defensemen and suggests Adam McQuaid (thumb) could be nearing a return.

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Bruins recall Matt Lindblad on emergency basis 12.29.14 at 4:12 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Matt Lindblad on an emergency basis Monday after losing forward Matt Fraser to the Oilers via waivers.

Lindblad will be in Boston’€™s lineup given that, with Fraser gone and both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron out with undisclosed injuries, the B’€™s were left with 11 healthy forwards prior to his recall.

The Dartmouth product dressed for the B’€™s in the team’€™s Nov. 22 loss to the Canadiens, logging 8:04 of ice time and registering one shot on goal. The center/wing has six goals and six assists for 12 points in 29 games for Providence this season.

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David Krejci and Brad Marchand out vs. Habs; Bruins recall Matt Lindblad, Jordan Caron, send Zach Trotman to Providence 11.22.14 at 6:00 pm ET
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Both David Krejci and Brad Marchand are out for Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens. Tuukka Rask will start in goal.

Marchand is listed as being on injured reserve by the Bruins. He has not played since last Saturday, which means he cannot play Saturday against the Canadiens but would be eligible to play again as soon as Monday’s meeting against the Penguins.

Krejci, meanwhile, will miss his 11th game of the season. He has been in and out of Boston’s lineup due to lower-body injuries.

To accommodate for the absences in their lineup, the Bruins recalled forwards Matt Lindblad and Jordan Caron Saturday and returned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence.

Lindblad said Saturday afternoon that he was recalled because the Bruins had multiple game-time decisions at forward.

Capable of playing center or left wing, Lindblad could be an injury replacement for either Krejci, Milan Lucic or Marchand. Lucic was bloodied pretty badly after taking a punch to the face from Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout.

Caron has played one game for Boston, logging 8:05 in the team’s Oct. 13 loss to the Avalanche.

Trotman being returned to Providence leaves the Bruins with just six healthy defenseman, indicating that Dougie Hamilton will be able to play Saturday.

Hamilton did not play the last 9:24 of regulation Friday and missed all of overtime. Claude Julien had said Wednesday that the defenseman was under the weather. Julien said Saturday that Hamilton was healthy on Friday when he was benched.

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Bruins recall Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad 04.13.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.

Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.

Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.

The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players. According to the Boston Globe, Bergeron, Paille, Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey.

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Bruins return Matt Lindblad to Providence 03.15.14 at 7:08 pm ET
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The Bruins returned forward Matt Lindblad to Providence Saturday after he made his NHL debut in a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes.

The team had recalled Lindblad so they could see him in NHL action and played him in place of Shawn Thornton, who was a healthy scratch. Lindblad logged 8:25 of ice time with an even rating and no shots on goal.

“I liked his game,” Claude Julien said. “He skates well, quick skater, quick thinker. He made some real good heads-up plays, so like I’ve said all along, I like his hockey sense.”

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Matt Lindblad recalled, ‘more than likely’ to play for Bruins Saturday 03.14.14 at 1:41 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Matt Lindblad from Providence Friday and Claude Julien suggested he will play Saturday against the Hurricanes.

Julien said that the recall has nothing to do with players being injured, though with Daniel Paille expected to return to the lineup Saturday, a regular forward would have to come out of the lineup in order for Lindblad to play.

In 43 games for Providence this season, the Dartmouth College product has seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points and a minus-4 rating.

“He’s been playing well. He’s a guy we wanted to see,” Julien said. “It’s not related to any injuries more than [we want to] have a look at him too. We talk about playoffs around the corner and depth, well, right now we’ve got 13 forwards here. We’ve seen other guys come up, but we haven’t seen him.

“He’s been one of the guys that, to me, was impressive in training camp and is a good two-way player, skates well. We want to give him that opportunity to be seen as well. At one point, more than likely tomorrow, he may be in the lineup.”

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