After an angry bounce-back effort on Thursday night after sitting out Tuesday’s contest as a healthy scratch, Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk found himself back out of the lineup Saturday by way of placement on the league’s COVID list.
UPDATE: Jake DeBrusk (COVID-19 protocols) will not play in today’s game. #NHLBruins— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 13, 2021
With DeBrusk out, the Bruins moved Nick Ritchie from the right to the left side on their second line, and promoted third-line center Charlie Coyle up to the right wing of Boston’s second line.
The ripple effect of that move saw Jack Studnicka move between Anders Bjork and Craig Smith on the Bruins’ third line, while Trent Frederic moved to the middle of a fourth line with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner on the wings.
The Bruins are certainly hoping that DeBrusk’s issues are by way of a false positive. Much like the one that took Coyle out of action for about 48 hours last week. DeBrusk is the third Bruin to deal with COVID-19 protocols this season, along with Coyle and current P-Bruin Karson Kuhlman.
DeBrusk has two goals and six points in 18 games this season.