Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy met with the media this morning following last night’s disappointing 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The question on everyone’s mind: What’s the deal with the injuries?
While rookie Charlie McAvoy made his long awaited return to the lineup and we already know the fate of fellow defender Brandon Carlo, the Bruins are still missing six other regulars from the lineup including Anders Bjork, Rick Nash, Sean Kuraly, Riley Nash and Tommy Wingels. Ouch.
So, coach… what’s the deal?
What this means: Forget about Carlo and Bjork, they’re done for the year. Don’t count on Kuraly and Riley Nash anytime soon. Wingels could be back as early as tomorrow. Rick Nash… who knows?
The good news surrounding Rick Nash is that he’s been on the ice two days in a row for the first time since suffering an upper body injury, believed to be a concussion, back on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th.
Nash is not travelling with the Bruins on their current road trip, so he skated solo yesterday morning and then again today back in Boston. There’s still no timetable for the 33 year old power forward’s return, but yesterday’s news has to be seen as a positive development.
This past weekend Cassidy claimed that the team could get Nash back with enough time to play a regular season game or two, but with only three games left on the Bruins’ schedule, that seems unlikely at this point.
The Bruins face off against the surging Florida Panthers tomorrow evening, followed by a two-game homestand against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night and again the Panthers the following evening. If Nash makes a regular season return at all, don’t count on it until at least the weekend… and even then, he’s likely to only play one of the team’s two games.
In 11 games since being acquired by the Bruins from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline, Nash has a respectable three goals and six points. Well he’s no longer a player with 40+ or even 30+ goal potential, Nash is still a very valuable contributor on a deep Bruins squad. His return should provide the team with a much needed offensive boost.