By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins will play at least one more game without Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy at their disposal, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed after the team’s Saturday practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Knocked out of action on Monday night against the Capitals (Krug was taken out on a hit by Tom Wilson while McAvoy was leveled on a huge hit from TJ Oshie), both defenders remained in Boston while the B’s traveled to Buffalo for a 3-0 win on Friday night, and are still considered day-to-day according to the B’s bench boss.
“They’re not gonna play tomorrow, which we didn’t expect,” Cassidy said. “We thought originally day-to-day, probably meant a couple of games. My guess is next week we’ll probably have a better idea when they’re on the ice.”
With Krug and McAvoy out of action, Cassidy reunited Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara as his top pairing, Matt Grzelcyk skated with Connor Clifton, and Johnny Moore and Steven Kampfer made up Boston’s third pairing. The results from the Chara-Carlo pairing were certainly encouraging, too, as the duo bottled up the Sabres’ Jack Eichel all night long.
But the Bruins would certainly like to get their top offensive defenseman and right-side pillar back in action sooner than later, especially with an upcoming two-week stretch that sees the Bruins essentially play every other day.
And that may begin if the injured duo skates on their own, be it tomorrow or Monday (both are possibilities per Cassidy), to get their legs back before potentially rejoining the rest of the B’s for practice and/or morning skates.
In other injury news, Bruins winger Karson Kuhlman returned to practice on Saturday, and is taking the first step towards a return to action. Kuhlman, who has not played since suffering a fractured right tibia in an Oct. 19 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs, had zero points and 13 shots on goal in eight games with Boston prior to the injury.