What Is the Likelihood Marc Savard Returns for Playoffs?

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What Is the Likelihood Marc Savard Returns for Playoffs? Earlier this week, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that there is a possibility injured center Marc Savard could return if the Bruins advance to the second round of the playoffs.

While it would be nice to have the top center back in action, how likely is it that Savard could really suit up at all during the course of this postseason?

Kathryn Tappen, Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak discussed the topic on Thursday’s edition of W.B. Mason Bruins Faceoff Live.

“I don’t know how Marc Savard comes back if the Bruins get to the second round — he can’t even ride the bike yet. That’s a long way from competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Kluzak said. “Maybe Peter Chiarelli’s optimism will be founded here, and we’ll see something happen that I don’t think any of us expect.”

One thing is for sure, though — the offense-strapped Bruins miss Savard in the lineup.

“They really miss him — he is by far their most gifted, talented player,” Kluzak said, “and on the power play, that’s a critical factor. The Bruins have had to work so hard to score their goals, and that’s because they just don’t have that gifted, really nifty player, and that’s what Savard is.”

In the meantime, some of the Bruins’ other offensive weapons need to step it up.

“The guys I’m going to need to see [step it up] here are Marco Sturm and [Michael] Ryder,” Pederson said. “They’re the two veterans that I think really need to step it up. … The Bruins are going to need these guys to elevate their game a little bit.”

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