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By: Jason Cooke | Follow me on Twitter / X @cookejournalism

Following last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, two more Boston Bruins are back on the road to Providence. In Boston’s latest transaction in their active farm system, Jesper Boqvist and Ian Mitchell are being sent back down to Providence. The move comes just days after Boqvist was called up to the Bruins to support an injured roster, with Pavel Zacha and Charlie McAvoy assigned to injured reserve.

While not made official by the Bruins on specific timetables for return, this transaction could foreshadow an approaching activation of Zacha and McAvoy, who have cleared injured reserve and are free to return to the team when ready. Head coach Jim Montgomery hopes to have his pair of difference makers back in the lineup sometime this week when the Black and Gold take on the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Boqvist, who only appeared in one game amidst his recent call-up last week, will join a Providence team that has featured a lot of NHL advancement this season. Boqvist cracked the lineup in Friday night’s epic 5-4 shootout win over the New York Islanders, only logging 4:47 of ice time and being a -1. Mitchell has been more of a regular on the Bruins this winter, suiting up in 12 games while recording two assists. The 24-year-old blueliner has played significant minutes but has been out of the lineup since the 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last Wednesday.

With the recent play of Mason Lohrei and the anticipated return of McAvoy, the Bruins don’t have room for Mitchell on the NHL roster. The Providence Bruins are back at the Amica Mutal Pavillion this afternoon for a contest with the Syracuse Crunch. It has not yet been determined if Boqvist and Mitchell will be in the lineup for the 4:05 p.m. puck drop.