Marchand expected to play vs. Rangers

BOSTON -- When the Brad Marchand blocked a shot by the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin on Thursday night, Boston Bruins forward thought the worst.

His foot went numb; he thought it was broken.

Fortunately, it’s not. Marchand did not practice with the team on Friday, but he was back on the ice for the Bruins’ optional morning skate on Saturday at TD Garden as they prepare to host the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET).

“I feel good,” Marchand said Saturday. “It was nice to have the day off to rest my foot. It felt good when I was out there today.”

After Marchand blocked the shot Thursday, he couldn’t put any pressure on his foot, and his teammates were telling him that when feet or hands go numb, they're likely broken.

“I was kind of panicking at that point,” Marchand said. “When I got back to the room, I started to get more feeling back as time went on. I was just more scared that it was broken.”

Marchand spoke with coach Claude Julien on Saturday morning, and it appears the crafty forward will be in the lineup.

“Obviously, we’ll make the final decision after warm-up, if there’s an issue,” Julien said. “If not, he’ll be in the lineup.

Boston’s fourth line of Marchand, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell has been solid. That line has brought energy and has shown the capability to match up well against the opposition’s top lines.

“We’ve talked so much about [Marchand] because he’s had such a good start,” Julien said, "but he adds a slot to that line because he can be probably even a little more dangerous than he’s shown so far."