BOSTON (CBS) — Charlie McAvoy was a late scratch on Tuesday night for the Bruins. The team is going to be without its best defenseman for a bit longer.

McAvoy is not with the team in Washington and won’t play Thursday or Saturday, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced.

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“He’s feeling better, back in Boston. So, not sure what his timeline would be for us,” Cassidy said. “Saturday, obviously now that he’s back, is probably out of the question. But I guess I’ll get the updates from the trainers and we’ll be looking at Sunday, seeing as he’s already back there, I don’t think we’ll bring him back for the one game in Philly.”

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After Thursday night’s game in Washington, the Bruins travel to Philadelphia for a game on Saturday afternoon, before returning home to host the Capitals on Sunday night.

McAvoy suffered an upper-body injury on Monday night vs. Philadelphia. He is by far the Bruins’ leader in average time on ice, with 24:23 per game. He has four goals and 18 assists to go with a plus-10 rating in 35 games played this season.

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Cassidy also announced that Jeremy Swayman — who earned his first NHL win with a 40-save effort on Tuesday — will get the start again on Thursday.

CBSBoston.com Staff