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Great news for the Boston Bruins today, as young defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been medically cleared to return to full practice. While he won’t be playing tonight for the team, there is a chance he could get back into the lineup this weekend. McAvoy underwent a procedure to treat an abnormal heart rhythm just last week, and all signs point to him moving past the episode quickly.

McAvoy has been one of the most important players to the Bruins this season, logging close to 23 minutes a night and recording 25 points in 45 games. The 20-year old defenseman has made a quick transition to the NHL after two years at Boston University, making his debut last season in the playoffs for the Bruins.

Boston finds themselves in second place in the Atlantic Division after an incredible streak of 18 games with at least a point (a streak that was broken on Tuesday night). The lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by three points despite having played four fewer games, and are within striking distance of the Tampa Bay Lightning for first overall in the conference. McAvoy’s return will be integral to any thoughts the Bruins have of toppling the Lightning and heading into the season with guaranteed home ice advantage.

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This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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