While Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that young rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy would not dress for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Garden, the news is little more devastating than just being sidelined for one contest...
The Bruins have just announced that the young defender sustained a sprain of his left MCL and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. McAvoy was injured 37 seconds into Saturday’s victory over the Montreal Canadiens as he appeared to trip awkwardly over the stick of Habs winger Brendan Gallagher in the Bruins zone. McAvoy exited the ice in obvious pain and did not return.
You can watch the explanations on McAvoy's status by Cassidy in the video below:
It’s the second injury absense this year for McAvoy. He missed a total of four games between Jan. 23 and Feb. 1 following a routine heart procedure. The Bruins went 3-1 in his absence.
It is also the second serious blow to the Bruins' lineup ahead of the playoffs as veteran forward and team leader Patrice Bergeron has been on the sideline whit a foot injury. Last Tuesday, the team announced that Bergeron sustained the injury while blocking a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The 32-year-old has 27 goals and 54 points with a plus-26 rating in 55 games with the Bruins this season. He surely has no luck when it comes to injuries close to the postseason. Back in the 2013 playoffs, Bergeron suffered through a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscle tissue and a separated shoulder, which he injured during the Game 6 loss and elimination game to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was then revealed that he has played through it all with a small puncture in one of his lungs.
Bergeron is definitely on the top line in the NHL, as he is playing in his 14th season in the National Hockey League. The two-way forward is on track for his fifth Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward in the league, while also leading the team in goals with 27 tallies. He could also become a strong Hart Trophy candidate for his extraordinary work with the Bruins.
As for the Bruins' defense, Cassidy explained that Brendan Carlo will take McAvoy’s slot on first unit with team captain Zdeno Chara. Cassidy added that Torey Krug, Kevan Miller and Nick Holden, who was acquired from the New York Rangers before the trade deadline, will start with either Matt Grzelcyk or Adam McQuaid in the sixth slot.
“We can go in different directions but Carlo is an easy one to slot back in with (Chara) (because) they’ve played together,” said Cassidy. “Krug was with Miller and (Grzelcyk) was Miller if he goes back in.
“We are going to keep Holden and he can play left or right. That is something we are going to sort through. We had all seven out there but it is not set in stone what the six are going to be in.”
Injuries are part of the NHL, but the Bruins are hoping it stops affecting them so they can be fully healthy when the postseason comes...