Boston Bruins

Mar 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) gets set for a face-off during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Injuries have once again forced the Bruins to shuffle the deck on their backend, as the team has placed Charlie McAvoy on injured reserve and summoned Jeremy Lauzon up from Providence on an emergency recall.

The 22-year-old McAvoy missed both games of Boston’s recent home-and-home with the Sabres (though he was in the building for Sunday’s win), and has been labeled with the day-to-day designation since his departure, which came as a result of a brutally heavy hit from TJ Oshie in the closing minutes of a 7-3 win over the Capitals on Dec. 23.

McAvoy, who has been a top-pairing fixture for the Bruins this season, has 13 assists and a plus-13 in 38 games.

But McAvoy’s move to the injured reserve, which means he’ll miss Tuesday’s meeting with the Devils (he could be reactivated after that game, as that would hit the three-game minimum for an IR stint), may have more to do with Connor Clifton’s upper-body injury sustained last night more than anything else. Knocked out of play in the second period, the Bruins have termed Clifton day-to-day and ruled him out of Tuesday’s contest in New Jersey.

That, with Torey Krug still out along with McAvoy, left the Bruins down to five defensemen and with their roster at its limit, meaning somebody (McAvoy in this case) had to move to the injured reserve.

And it’s given Lauzon his next NHL opportunity.

The 6-foot-1 Lauzon, who appeared in 16 games with the Big B’s, returns to Boston with one goal and 10 points in 35 games for the P-Bruins this season.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 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.