For a Boston Bruins team that has been decimated by injuries thus far this season, the appearance of one of the team's biggest talents (and smallest players) was a welcome sight Friday morning at Air Canada Centre.

After a two-game absence, Brad Marchand is back. And that's great news for the Black and Gold.

"Listen, Marchy is one of our best players - one of the best players in the National Hockey League - so always great to have him back," said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy following Friday's skate.

"Yeah it's just nice to be back here with the guys and looking forward to the game tonight," said Marchand. "It's always fun playing here - fun matchup."

Marchand's linemates - Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak - were also thrilled to see their teammate return to the locker room.