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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Bruins' Lindblad to make NHL debut

By Peter Lawrence-Riddell

BOSTON -- Bruins prospect Matt Lindblad has confirmed he will make his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

The 23-year-old forward becomes the seventh player this season to make his debut for the Bruins. Since Lindblad is in the lineup, it’s likely Jordan Caron will be a healthy scratch.

The Bruins informed Lindblad of his promotion Thursday night, and coach Claude Julien told him he was playing when he arrived at the Garden Saturday morning.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity today and I’m going to leave it all on the ice,” Lindblad said.

Lindblad has seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 43 games for the Providence Bruins this season.

Lindblad’s parents, older brother, younger brother and sister, and his aunt will all be in attendance for his NHL debut.

“It’s definitely emotional and it does kind of feel like a surreal experience,” he said. “You always dream about playing in the your first NHL games, but I’m not going to take this any different than any other game, whether it was in Providence or whether it was back at school. My preparation will be the same and I’m really looking forward to it.”