The Bruins will be without bottom-six energy forward Sean Kuraly for 'approximately' four weeks due a fracture in his right hand, according to general manager Don Sweeney.
Kuraly sustained a fracture on a blocked shot in a 5-1 win over the Devils this past Thursday.
Sean Kuraly blocks Santini's slapper and Heinen goes the other way and buries a goal.
Most painful assist of Kuraly's career — who's in rough shape. pic.twitter.com/GT4jOy8e45
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 22, 2019
Per Sweeney, Dr. Matt Leibman performed a successful surgery to repair the fracture in Kuraly's hand.
The injury really could not come at a worse time for the Bruins, all things considered, as the lefty centerman was really settling into a groove as the sled dog of the Black and Gold's bottom-six forward group. And a four-week timeline initially projects the versatile Kuraly to miss at least some of the team's first-round playoff series, likely against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kuraly's set career-highs in goals (eight), assists (13), points (21), and time on ice (13:46) in 71 appearances this season.
With Kuraly out, Karson Kuhlman has been recalled from Providence on an emergency basis. The 23-year-old Kuhlman last skated for the Bruins on Mar. 7 and has one goal and an assist in five games with the Big B's this season.
The Bruins skate against the Florida Panthers tonight at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.