The Boston Bruins have been plagued by injuries in recent weeks with DeBrusk, Pastrnak, Grzelcyk, Johansson, Krug and Miller. All of these players are key pieces to the Bruins playoff run. They’ve been treading water without Pastrnak but with losses of DeBrusk and Johansson they’ve really struggled. Before last night they had lost three straight for the first time since early December.
Each player is dealing with a variety of injuries but most are returning to skating this week. Jake DeBrusk returned last night after dealing with an upper body injury and missing a few games. Pastrnak resumed skating with the team on Saturday an will be evaluated early this week after missing time due to a thumb injury. The quicker Pasta returns the better shape he will be in for the playoff run. Johansson had been playing well on that second line before he suffered a lung contusion and he will be evaluated this week and hopefully return to the ice soon. Krug has been placed in concussion protocol after a hit he suffered Tuesday night against Columbus, unfortunately there is no time table for him right now. Grzelcyk sufered a nasty looking arm injury about a week ago but got off lucky when the x-rays came back negative. He will be evaluated this week as well. Miller has been out with an upper body injury as well and is far from a return to the lineup.
With a ton of guys out the Bruins have used a rotation of guys from Providence to fill in roles. Their second line must’ve changed every night and it was rough to watch. That certainly contributed to the small three game losing skid they had but with guys getting healthy and the lineup filling back out, the Bruins have 10 games left to lock up 2nd place in the Atlantic. Either way it seems we’ll be getting a Bruins and Maple Leafs first round matchup. If both teams are healthy it should be a long series.
– Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)