The Boston Bruins have been bit by a case of the injury bug over the past few games. Here’s a quick Bruins injury update.
David Pastrnak hasn’t played a game since the beginning of April due to an undisclosed injury. Since his absence, the Bruins’ power-play has taken a dive in production. Since leaving the game on April 4, the Bruins have not scored a power-play goal.
Rookie Marc McLaughlin has slotted into Pasta’s spot on the second line in his absence. Pastrnak’s absence is being felt hard by this team and if it is going to be an extended one then not getting a forward at the deadline is going to be something remembered by fans when recalling this season.
Speaking of deadline acquisitions, Hampus Lindholm has been sidelined for a week with a lower-body injury. Since joining the Bruins at the trade deadline, the 28-year-old defenseman has 4 points in 7 games all of them coming as assists and one of them being on the power-play. The arrival of Lindholm has made it possible for coach Bruce Cassidy to shuffle around the top 2 defensive pairs. The Bruins think they have something in Lindholm inking him to an 8-year contract extension before he had even played a single game for the B’s.
Matt Grzelcyk has seen some extra playing time due to Lindholm’s injury but that will come to an end because he left the game on Sunday against Washington with an Upper-body injury. Gryzelcyk has 22 points in 65 games played, 5 of those points coming on the power-play. Coach Bruce Cassidy said that Grzelcyk was feeling better today but would not be in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Blues.
The defensive depth the Bruins have been touting recently has become thin in a matter of days. Both Pastrnak and Lindholm Skated on the off-day Saturday and both were on the ice skating before the Bruins started practice before their game against the St. Louis Blues. Hopefully, The B’s can get back to full health in time for the quest for their next Stanley Cup!