The first of four 2023-24 showdowns between the Bruins and Maple Leafs will not only be stuck behind the ESPN+/Hulu paywall, but it will also come with the Bruins at far less than 100 percent.
Up front, the Bruins will remain without both Jakub Lauko and Milan Lucic. Lauko is still dealing with the after effects of taking a skate to the face back in Chicago, while Lucic is still on the long-term injured reserve due to the Derek Forbort shot that banged off his leg and to Morgan Geekie for Geekie’s first goal as a Bruin back in Los Angeles.
And on the backend, the Bruins will be without their top pairing, with Matt Grzelcyk slated to miss at least a few weeks due to an upper-body injury sustained Monday night against the Panthers and with Charlie McAvoy set to serve the first game of his four-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of the Panthers’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Oh, and the Bruins added Derek Forbort to the shelf Thursday morning.