Boston Bruins forward Rick Nash hit the ice yesterday 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 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 Bruins head coach Bruce 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.
Bruins offer update on injured Carlo
In case you missed it, last night Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney offered an injury update on defenseman Brandon Carlo, who went down with a serious leg injury this past weekend.
Here’s the full press released from the Bruins organization:
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued the following update on defenseman Brandon Carlo:
Brandon sustained a fracture to his left ankle and is scheduled to have the fracture repaired later this week by Dr. George Theodore of MGH. He will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs. Expected recovery time is 3-4 months.
That’s it. Carlo’s done for the season. Can’t say that we’re surprised, as the injury looked gruesome at the time, but it’s still disappointing news nonetheless.
The 21 year old NHL sophomore was injured mid-way through the third period of the Bruins Saturday afternoon win over the Florida Panthers. Carlo suffered the injury when he fell awkwardly while battling for a loose puck with Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov.
Carlo ends his season with just six assists and 45 penalty minutes in 76 games. His possession numbers were 51.5 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -2.1. His career totals nows stand at six goals and 16 assists for 22 career points in 158 career games. He was originally drafted in the second-round, 37th overall of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins.
“I feel awful,” said defensive partner Torey Krug to the Boston Herald immediately following the game against the Panthers on Saturday. “I know specifically from talking to him that this (playoffs) was one thing he was looking forward to and obviously he went through it last year as well.”
“This year he was excited for it and I feel awful. It was tough break but I know he has a lot of support and a lot good people around him.”