Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

  • Speaking after Saturday’s win over the Flyers, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery did not seem to think the injuries that knocked forwards Taylor Hall and Fabian Lysell out of the game would be anything more than a pair of minor bumps in the road.

    Sunday came with your classic ‘good news, bad news’ update on that front, as Montgomery confirmed that Lysell’s ailment is a day-to-day situation while Hall is dealing with a week-to-week injury.

    “[Hall’s injury] is a little more significant than we expected yesterday,” Montgomery admitted.

  • Termed an upper-body injury, it’s unclear exactly what is bothering Hall, but the injury appears to have occurred during an offensive-zone sequence that ended Hall with landing awkwardly after he was sticked down up high by the Flyers’ Ronnie Attard.

    Following that incident, Hall was out there for one more shift, but almost immediately motioned for a change after the puck was dropped, seemingly knowing that something was wrong.

    Montgomery was unable to provide any additional information when asked if this is an injury that will allow Hall to do any off-ice work or if it will require a full-on shutdown to begin the ‘week-to-week’ timeframe.

    Hall, who put up 20 goals and 61 points in 81 games last season, was expected to begin the year riding to the left of David Krejci and David Pastrnak on Boston’s second line.

    And should Hall’s absence bleed into the regular season as you’d expect given the initial recovery timeline shared by Montgomery, Pavel Zacha is likeliest candidate to move off Patrice Bergeron’s line and skate with fellow Czech forwards Krejci and Pastrnak, according to Montgomery.

    Hall joins an already-crowded injury list that features left wing Brad Marchand, as well as defensemen Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy.

  • In the case of Lysell, however, the Bruins will happily take the good news after what looked like a potentially season-altering hit from Philadelphia’s Rasmus Ristolainen.

    Absolutely rocked on a back-first hit thrown by Ristolainen, Lysell’s hunched-over and slow skate back to the bench and immediately down the tunnel to the Boston room was enough to get you wondering if it was a concussion or a major shoulder injury.

  • But Lysell was at the facility on Sunday (though he didn’t get on the ice), and though he will not play Monday night in New Jersey, the Black and Gold are aiming for him to return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.

    The Bruins want to get at least one more look at Lysell, who started Saturday to the right of Hall and Krejci, after Montgomery called him ‘the best player on the ice’ prior to suffering the day-ending injury.

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