Boston Bruins

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy believes the Bruins may have dodged a bullet with Matt Grzelcyk’s upper-body injury.

But Grzelcyk’s travel plans may tell a different story, as the Bruins have sent the 25-year-old back to Boston for further testing on his injured arm, ruling him out of Tuesday’s head-to-head with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

From the Bruins:

Matt Grzelcyk suffered an upper-body injury during the second period of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, March 10. Although x-rays in Pittsburgh were negative, Grzelcyk has traveled back to Boston for further tests and will not be available for the team’s game at Columbus on Tuesday, March 12.

The 5-foot-9 Grzelcyk has been a third-pairing wonder for the Black and Gold this season as a solid three-zone presence capable of driving a pairing at both ends of the rink, and having posted two goals and 16 points through 61 games.

With Grzelcyk out, Steven Kampfer is expected to draw into action for his first NHL game since Dec. 23.