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Roy out for Northeastern, Diamond in for Maine

Freshman Kevin Roy, the leading scorer among Hockey East rookies, will miss tonight's crucial game at Maine.

Northeastern players lining up at the TD Garden
Northeastern players lining up at the TD Garden

Northeastern freshman forward Kevin Roy will miss tonight's key Hockey East match-up at Maine with an upper body injury. The leading scorer out of all Hockey East rookies hadn't missed a game until last Saturday night. The Huskies will only dress 11 forwards according to their line chart, but will dress an extra defenseman.

Maine senior forward Joey Diamond will return to the Black Bears lineup after missing last weekend's series at UMass-Amherst. Diamond will be on the right side on the first line along side freshmen Devin Shore and Ryan Lomberg. Fellow senior forward Kyle Beattie will also return to the lineup after missing time with his third concussion of the season. He will play right wing on the fourth line with Klas Leidermark and Bill Norman. Senior defenseman Nick Pryor and sophomore forward Connor Leen both remain out of the lineup for Maine.

Tonight's match-up is crucial for both teams as they fight for a berth in the Hockey East playoffs. Maine sits in 9th place while Northeastern is in last place. The last two teams miss the league playoffs.

Jeff Cox follows college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.