Another day and another injury for the Bruins and this one is another extended time injury. David Backes has decided to get colon surgery to combat his diverticulitis and will miss 8 weeks for the surgery. The Bruins are hurting down the middle as they’ve now lost Backes and Spooner for extended periods and Krejci is out with an upper body injury as well. Now the Bruins have three healthy centers on their roster in Bergeron, Nash and Kuraly. Kuraly and Nash are not offensive studs and that’s why they play on the lower lines but now they are forced into more important roles and they need to produce offense. The Bruins just released their practice lines for today.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Nash – Schaller
Heinen – Szwarz – Bjork
Beleskey – Kuraly – Vatrano
Szwarz has 35 games of NHL experience but has never cracked the lineup with the Bruins before. He performed well in Providence last season producing 54 points and is off to a good start this season with 8 points in 6 games. I don’t know if Szwarz is the answer but he at least deserves a shot and maybe he will provide a temporary spark. Or maybe he won’t even play and Krejci will return tomorrow night.
The Bruins have been able to show some fight in recent games battling back against the Blue Jackets on Monday night before falling in a shootout and taking the Kings into overtime on Saturday to at least get some points. They currently sit at 4-3-3 which is only two points out of the wild card and three points from third in the Atlantic. Also, they have two games in hand against most teams. I’m not saying that the B’s should be catapulting to first in the Atlantic after those two games because they haven’t played well enough to be there but it does mean they can turn things around we’re barely into the season so there is still time to figure it out.
The Bruins inconsistency continues to plague them and until they figure it out they are doomed to be caught in the loop of good enough to make playoffs but not good enough to win the cup. These injuries aren’t helping the Bruins either but now is the time for their youth to step up and prove their NHL worth and who knows maybe Matt Beleskey would figure out how to play hockey again.
Written By Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)