Ritchie is in line to skate on a line with Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith when the Bruins play New Jersey on Thursday, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports. In his first full season with the Bruins since being acquired from the Ducks last February, Ritchie will look to cement his role on the team's third line, a trio that brings a nice blend of size, strength and skill to the table. If the 25-year-old ends up seeing work on the team's second power-play unit, he could emerge as a fantasy option in deeper formats, but for now Ritchie carries modest upside on that front.
Ritchie (undisclosed) was left off Bruins President Cam Neely's injury report Monday, per Conor Ryan of MassLive.com. Ritchie missed the final game of the season due to his undisclosed issue. After joining Boston at the trade deadline, Ritchie saw action in seven regular-season contests before the shutdown, in which he garnered one goal on eight shots, one assist and 19 PIM while averaging 12:49. Depending on the health of Brad Marchand (groin), Ritchie could get a look at a more prominent role during training camp.
Ritchie (undisclosed) will not be available for Game 5 against Tampa Bay on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Ritchie has a goal and 17 hits in four games against the Lightning this series. It's unclear why he's unfit to play Monday, but it could be related to him missed three games last series against the Hurricanes.
Ritchie will be a game-time call in Game 5 versus the Lightning on Monday due to an undisclosed issue, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. After missing the final three contests of the series versus Carolina, Ritchie grabbed one goal, five shots and 17 hits in four games against the Lightning. With Chris Wagner (undisclosed) unavailable, the Bruins could be forced to dig into the depths of their squad, including Jack Studnicka and Anders Bjork.
Ritchie scored a goal on three shots and provided three hits Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2. Ritchie opened the scoring just 3:14 into the game when he jammed home a loose puck during a goalmouth scramble. It was the first goal of the postseason for the 24-year-old, who was acquired at the trade deadline from Anaheim. Ritchie saw just 12:12 of ice time in his bottom-six role and isn't counted upon to contribute offensively.
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