The Bruins seemingly expected him to suit up tonight, so perhaps he’ll be available for Game 2?
Good news for the Ottawa Senators — they’re expected to have Erik Karlsson in the lineup Wednesday when they open their series at home against Boston.
Karlsson missed the Sens’ final three games with a foot injury. It remains to be seen if Ottawa’s best defenseman will be 100 percent, or if he’ll be playing a bit hurt. But even if it’s the latter, the Sens will be happy to have him.
“That would be the first time in a very long time for the Ottawa Senators that everyone would be available,” GM Pierre Dorion said recently, per NHL.com. “I think that just gives [coach Guy Boucher] as many options as possible, and he can play around with his lines and do what he needs to do to field what he thinks would be the best team to help us win in the playoffs.”
The Boston Bruins have signed Charlie McAvoy to a three-year, entry-level contract, and the 19-year-old is expected to join them for practice Monday.
It’s exciting news in one way, because McAvoy is arguably the Bruins’ top prospect, possibly their future No. 1 defenseman.
“Clearly with the injuries to Krug and Carlo we’ve looked to add to the depth of our group,” said GM Don Sweeney, per CSN New England. “There were several players in the conversation [about getting called up], but we think Charlie is ready to handle that. So we’ll see.”
Neither Krug nor Carlo was at practice this morning.
Here are the practice pairings:
The Boston Bruins’ regular season is over. But they must wait just a little bit longer for an opponent in the opening round of the playoffs to be determined.
They could face the Ottawa Senators, starting that potential series on the road.
Or, depending on what happens with the Toronto Maple Leafs later tonight and tomorrow, the Bruins could fall into the final wild card spot and be forced to face Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in Round One.
With Brad Marchand out the lineup, as he finished his suspension for spearing, the Bruins lost 3-1 to the Capitals on Saturday. They were also outshot 32-22. Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Williams scored just 3:01 apart in the second period to give Washington the lead — and eventually the win.
The Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division with 95 points.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight and Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. If Toronto can get three of four points this weekend, they would finish the season with 96 points and would play the Senators in the opening round, leaving Boston to deal with the Capitals.
Meanwhile, there is now concern for Boston’s 20-year-old rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo, who left Saturday’s contest and didn’t return after he was hurt on a hit into the boards from Ovechkin.
“We’re not going to be able to replace what he does,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “He’s a special talent — power play, first pass, breakout, neutral-zone transition, all of those things — so the onus will be on us to make sure we make the necessary reads in our breakout.”
The Boston Bruins close out their 2016-17 regular season schedule with a game against one of their possible first-round opponents, the Washington Capitals.
If the Bruins are able to win on Saturday afternoon it would pretty much eliminate any chance of having to play Washington in the opening round and keep them in the far more favorable Atlantic Division bracket. So there is some incentive to make sure they win this game.
The Capitals, meanwhile, have already locked up everything and are simply looking to continue their strong finish into the playoffs.
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