Boston Bruins: Will the team see the return of injured players in Vegas?

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 09: Joakim Nordstrom #20 of the Boston Bruins attempts a shot against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 09, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 09: Joakim Nordstrom #20 of the Boston Bruins attempts a shot against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 09, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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The Boston Bruins seem to be prone to losing multiple players at a time to injury. Perhaps it’s their style of hockey or perhaps our guys simply work their bodies too hard!

Either way, heading into their clash with the Vegas Golden Knights tonight, the Boston Bruins have already welcomed David Krejci back to the line-up; the injury concern causing the largest amount of roster shuffling is already a non-issue.

Also on the mend is fourth-liner Joakim Nordstrom, who in a recent update to NESN by Bruce Cassidy, is reportedly ‘on the cusp’ of returning to the team.

This would mean that either Brett Ritchie or Par Lindholm likely slides out of the line-up and frankly in the opening two wins, neither has shown to be poor enough to be dropped on form alone. In fact, you could argue it an injustice if either was sent to the press-box.

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Perhaps the most comforting thing about the news that Nordstrom is almost fit and ready to get back on the ice is the notion that we’ll be able to rest players, at least within the bottom-six, from time to time with three really great options.

The other two injured players are still very much longer-term and frankly, I’m not sure where either John Moore or Kevan Miller fits on this Boston Bruins team anymore.

With the likes of Connor Clifton and Matt Grzelyck properly stepping up, along with the team’s unwillingness to rest Zdeno Chara too much, it’s safe to say the defensive pairings essentially write themselves on the teamsheet.

There’s no way that Moore or Miller manage to push Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy or Torey Krug out of the line-up either!!

Perhaps the only real spot for either of the injured defensemen is alongside Steven Kampfer as the guy expecting to be watching on from the press-box more often than not this season.

So heading into their clash with the Vegas Golden Knights, it’s still fair to say that the Boston Bruins don’t sport a fully-fit line-up and Nordstrom isn’t necessarily a guarantee but at least Krejci is back and the long-term injuries on defense shouldn’t harm our chances.

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Hopefully, irregardless of where they fit back in, all of the guys are recovering well and will at least suit up in Boston Bruins colors once this season.