Bruins’ Depth Tested Early

The Boston Bruins are only a few weeks into their season and already they are experiencing a wave of injuries. They have been without David Krejci the past few games, who is experiencing a lower body injury and now they’ve lost Karson Kuhlman for at least four weeks with a broken tibia suffered during Saturday night’s game.

Those are two big losses for the Bruins and makes their second line weaker than it already was. Coyle has jumped up to fill in for Krejci and Ritchie filled in on the wing for Kuhlman. To address the rest of their needs Par Lindholm has slotted in as the fourth line center and scored his first goal for the Bruins last night. In addition the Bruins recalled Anders Bjork from Providence and he played his first game last night against the Leafs. Bjork acted like a lightning rod for the third line and was grinding from the start of the game. Bjork has showcased he has the skill to play at the NHL level and hopefully he can project into a consistent second liner like he was a few seasons ago. Bjork has had trouble staying healthy but he added weight over the offseason and appears poised for a breakout year.

With Kuhlman out long term Bjork and others will get extra chances to earn a spot in the lineup. Other guys who could see chances include Zach Senyshyn, Jack Studnicka and Peter Cehlarik. Bjork was sent down this morning but with the Bruins having a few off days it was likely so that Bjork could play a game in Providence before being recalled for the Bruins next game Saturday.

In good news Krejci was skating today with the rest of the injured players (Miller, Moore and Nordstrom). He could be ready to go for Saturday but the Bruins will likely be cautious with him. Miller and Moore are still a ways out from returning but seeing them get regular skating work in is encouraging. Nordstrom is almost at full go and has the best shot to re-enter the lineup on Saturday.

Even dealing with injuries the Bruins sit in second place in the Atlantic and fifth in the league with a 6-1-2 record. The top line has been paving the way for the Bruins and they are red hot at the moment although some secondary scoring helped pick up the win against Toronto last night. Although they have guys missing time right now the Bruins are still blazing a trail in the league and continue to be among the top teams in power rankings. The depth lines are beginning to find chemistry now and if things continue to progress the secondary scoring will come along with it.

The Bruins are back in action Saturday night in Boston for a Stanley Cup rematch with the Blues at 7:00.

Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)

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