By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
An extended break for the Bruins will do the team a world of good in terms of their health, with both winger Jake DeBrusk and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk looking like real possibilities to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers.
“My understanding is they’ll be ready to go Wednesday,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after Friday’s win. “I expect DeBrusk and Grzelcyk will be with us [at practice] Monday.”
Cassidy reinforced said Saturday, saying that he expects both players to be with the main group Monday.
The Bruins have been without DeBrusk since he suffered a lower-body injury in a Jan. 26 meeting with the Penguins. (It’s believed that DeBrusk was injured on a first-period hip check from the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby.)
DeBrusk, who started the year on the left side of Boston’s second line but spent the majority of his campaign as a right-wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (that’s certainly off the table with David Pastrnak back in action), has totaled one assist and nine shots on goal through six games this season.
Grzelcyk, meanwhile, has been on the shelf since suffering a new lower-body injury in a Jan. 28 meeting with Pittsburgh, and has been injured in three of his five appearances this season. The 5-foot-9 Grzelcyk has three assists in five games this season, and has quarterbacked Boston’s top power-play unit when healthy.
Jack Studnicka, also banged-up in the team’s Jan. 28 meeting with the Pens, is probably the next closest to a return behind DeBrusk and Grzelcyk, and is expected to ramp up his skating game in an effort to return to action.
The same cannot be said for Ondrej Kase, however, as he remains off the ice. But Kase, who suffered an upper-body injury in the second game of the regular season, has been exercising on a bike, according to Cassidy.
The Bruins have rattled off wins in three straight, and have an eight-game point streak by way of a 7-0-1 record.