Boston Bruins

Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) during the first period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins are indeed not out of the COVID woods yet.

Just a few days after winger Karson Kuhlman landed in the COVID protocols, Tuesday morning saw the Bruins add Jake DeBrusk and three team staff members to the COVID list.

That makes it 12 different Bruins players who have landed in the NHL COVID-19 protocols at this point this season, and five different staff members. This is also DeBrusk’s second time landing on the list in the last eight months, as the 25-year-old dealt with COVID last season and spent a staggering 17 days on the COVID list.

DeBrusk, who requested a trade earlier this season, has totaled five goals and nine points through 27 games this year.

With DeBrusk unavailable, Oskar Steen will move up the lineup and play on the right side of a third line with Nick Foligno at left wing and Charlie Coyle at center. Curtis Lazar is expected to rejoin the lineup after missing Sunday’s game.

One of those three staff members to test positive, meanwhile, was confirmed to be assistant coach Kevin Dean. The COVID bug has apparently made its way through Dean’s family, and has put the coach on the shelf for the time being. Assistant coach Joe Sacco will drop down and run the Black and Gold defense with Dean out.

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