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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter / X @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins had two welcoming faces join them at practice this morning at the Warrior Ice Arean in Brighton, Massachusetts. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy and forward Pavel Zacha were full participants at the team practice, and it looks like both could be in the lineup tomorrow night as the B’s face the visiting Minnesota Wild at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

McAvoy and Zacha have been on the Bruins injured reserved list since last Thursday and seem healthy enough to get back in game action. Another indication that they are healthy enough to return was yesterday’s transaction news that forward Jesper Boqvist and defenseman Ian Mitchell were assigned to the American Hockey League Providence Bruins.

Both National Hockey League veterans reported for practice this morning wearing regular-colored practice jerseys and not the red-colored ones, indicating a player requires no contact and is still battling an injury. Zacha worked on the top line this morning alongside Brad Marchand on the left and David Pastrnak on the right. As for McAvoy, he was back on the top pairing defensive line with fellow Boston University alum Matt Grzelyck to his left.

As previously mentioned, the 19-5-5 Boston Bruins, who are in first place in the Atlantic Division with 43 points, take on the visiting Minnesota Wild, who currently sit in the seventh position in the Central Division with a 12-12-4 regular season record. The Wild come to Boston tomorrow night with a 5-8-2 road record, 7-3-0 in their last ten games, and on a three-game winning streak. On the other hand, the Bruins are 10-2-2 at TD Garden this season, 5-3-2 in their previous ten games, and after losing in overtime on Saturday night, will be looking to get back to the winning ways with a victory over the Wild.