By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Stop me if you’ve heard this before– but Bruce Cassidy and the Boston Bruins could be entering some dangerous territory when it comes to the health of their blue line.
The latest blow? A Jake Muzzin freight train right to the head of B’s defenseman Torey Krug.
Nailed upstairs in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 win, the hit knocked the 5-foot-9 defender’s helmet right off his head. Krug tried to get back to his feet, but immediately fell back down and was on all fours before the B’s medical staff attended to him. It seemed pretty obvious what was wrong with Krug, who suffered a concussion just over a month ago, as he departed down the tunnel and did not return.
“I don’t think you should assume [Krug]’s concussed,” Cassidy cautioned. “We don’t know that yet.”
Nevertheless, it did not look good for Boston’s power-play quarterback.
Jake Muzzin crushes Torey Krug, who has trouble getting to his feet pic.twitter.com/QmY9Q4ETZ1— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 14, 2019
And to make matters worse, the Bruins also lost first-year NHLer Connor Clifton to injury by the night’s end.
So, where do the Bruins go from here should they find themselves without both Krug and Clifton?
“We have Steven Kampfer. Obviously, draw him into the lineup if necessary,” Cassidy, whose team is already without Kevan Miller (undisclosed) and John Moore (upper-body, week-to-week), began before diving deeper down the organizational depth chart. “If we’re down two guys, we have to look at Providence.”
But the problem for the Bruins on that front is that the P-Bruins aren’t exactly loaded with contenders right now according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver, with Jeremy Lauzon dealing with an upper-body injury, Urho Vaakanainen sick, and Jakub Zboril struggling in his most recent showing in front of Bruins brass.
“It’s probably too early for me to tell you definitively who it would be from Providence, but Steven Kampfer is healthy and would be a guy we put in,” Cassidy continued. “And if we had to go further, Johnny Moore, if he’s ready to go obviously would be a guy we put in. But I’m not sure he’s ready.”
The good news for the Bruins, though, is that they have the benefit of time on their side.
As much as one can this time of year, at least.
“We’ve got two days to find out,” said Cassidy.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. 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.