The Bruins will have to play without defenseman Hampus Lindholm in their next game, but the latest update isn’t all bad.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy delivered fresh news on Thursday about Lindholm’s upper body injury, suffered during the Bruins’ Game 2 loss Wednesday night. Lindholm is out for Game 3, and it’s unclear exactly what type of upper-body injury he’s dealing with. But he did look wobbly getting up from the hit by the Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov, so “concussion” is the obvious road to take here.
The silver lining to this is that Lindholm is already back in Boston and didn’t need to stay behind in Raleigh after the game. “He traveled back, he’s not available [Friday], so we’ll go from there,” Cassidy said.
It’s not impossible that Lindholm flew back to Boston after suffering a concussion, but it seems unlikely he’d get right on a plane if he were still feeling acute or severe symptoms of a head injury. Obviously, the hope is that it’s more like a shoulder or chest problem, and if it’s a head injury, it’s not a long-term concern.
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Either way, it’s far from ideal to be without Lindholm, the Bruins’ major trade deadline acquisition, on the blue line in Game 3. Cassidy told reporters that Mike Reilly “right now would be the obvious choice to go in” on defense. He’ll have a chance to play the left side with either Charlie McAvoy or Brandon Carlo.
The Bruins are also expected to make regular lineup changes for Game 3 Friday night at TD Garden. Cassidy confirmed that Jeremy Swayman will start in goal, while it’s possible they also change up the bottom-six forwards.
Bruins-Hurricanes Game 3 takes place Friday at 7 p.m. in Boston. You can get the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame at 6:30.
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