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They are dropping.

Word today that Marc Savard has been place on Long Term Injured Reserve with a broken foot and will miss 4-6 weeks. Apparently Savard has been attempting to play with the injury for a time. Word also that Shawn Thornton was missing tonight’s game vs. Nashville with the ever popular “undisclosed injury”.

With so many injuries cascading down the mountain like an avalanche right now and the recent trades and call ups, it seems like the will be fielding an entirely new team on the ice at the Garden. Certainly, the lines wil be a jumble as Julien tries desperately to patch together a functioning NHL team from the myriad of new faces dotted about his locker room.

A brief rundown:

Center Trent Whitfield has now been recalled from Providence to fill aspot down the middle with Savard missing and David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron needing to move up in the depth chart. He’ll wear no. 42 and we can only hope he is indeed the answer to some Black and Gold questions.

Daniel Paille is in from Buffalo (wearing no. 20) and will make his Bruins debut. Surprised by the trade, he is apparently eager to make an impression with his new team and one hopes to see much needed energy and spirit from the recent acquisition.

Brad Marchand, impressive in training camp and consistently scoring goals for the P-Bruins, will skate the wing, likely in an offensive role with a team now desperate for any sort of scoring presence as he makes his NHL debut. Marchand wears no. 63.

Vladimir Sobotka, up at intervals last season, will make his 2009-10 debut with the team. A sometimes frustrating player, the Bruins could really use the sort of offensive pop he’s shown in the AHL to translate to the NHL a.s.a.p.

All in all it should be a wild, interesting game with a lot of interest. How will all the new faces fit in? What are fans to do with all these high expectations now? How far do they need to be lowered? Where will the Bruins find their level until the injured start to make it back into the line-up.

Start the mixing and matching and let’s see what we get.

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