Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson,

Old habits die hard for the Bruins, who are once again under siege with injuries up and down their NHL roster, with Torey Krug joining the list of (somewhat) walking wounded with an apparent upper-body injury.

Already ruled out of Thursday’s head-to-head with the Jets, the word on Krug comes courtesy of B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy, who noted that the 5-foot-9 puck-mover was “not feeling great” following a hit absorbed in a 7-4 loss in Columbus on Tuesday. Krug, of course, was a disaster in that losing effort, with a minus-5 rating in 19:54 of time on ice.

With the Bruins already down Matt Grzelcyk (arm) and Kevan Miller (upper-body), the loss of Krug has forced the B’s to reach into their AHL ranks, where 23-year-old Connor Clifton was the recipient of an emergency recall on Wednesday.

But the Bruins got good news on Grzelcyk, according to Cassidy, as an MRI did not reveal any “substantial damage,” creating hope that the 25-year-old Grzelcyk could be back at some point during the team’s next road trip next week. Miller, meanwhile, is in the middle of an injury believed to come with a three-to-five week recovery.

Up front, it appears that Jake DeBrusk, who has missed the last four games with a foot injury, was skating on his own and could be back in time for this Saturday’s home meeting with the Blue Jackets.

“We’ve always said that once he’s on the ice, he’s a step closer,” Cassidy offered. “He could be a possibility.

“I don’t think any of the other guys would be that are back home.”

That means that the waiting game will continue for fellow top-six forwards Marcus Johansson (lung) and David Pastrnak (thumb).

The Bruins enter Thursday’s game looking to avoid their first three-game (regulation) slide since the first week of December.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.