Boston Bruins

Mar 31, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath (20) in the first period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

The Bruins will head to Detroit down one top-six skater, as Jake DeBrusk has been ruled out of Friday’s head-to-head with the Red Wings due to a lower-body injury.

“Woke up [Wednesday] not feeling great,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He’s had [the injury] checked out and continues to get it checked out. Will not travel with us. Will Probably have a much better idea when we get a medical report.”

DeBrusk’s absence only adds to a battered Boston group that’s currently without forwards Par Lindholm (upper-body), Joakim Nordstrom (upper-body), and David Backes (upper-body). The club also remains out defensemen Kevan Miller and John Moore, though both continue to take positive steps forward in their return to action.

The 23-year-old DeBrusk has three goals and six points through 15 appearances this year, and saw a two-game goal streak snapped in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.

With DeBrusk down and ruled out for Friday, Peter Cehlarik was recalled from Providence and skated to the left of David Krejci and Danton Heinen on Boston’s second line at Thursday’s practice. Cehlarik, who has five goals and 10 points in 39 NHL games, has appeared in two games this year, and skated an “average” game against the Senators last Saturday, according to Cassidy.

The Bruins enter Friday’s game with wins in eight of their last 11 games, while the Wings have scuffled, capturing just three of a possible 26 points over their last 13 contests.

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