Getty

Bruins rule out Krejci for Game 2, Colin Miller unlikely

5 Comments

Boston’s depleted defense looks like it’ll be thinned out even more.

On Friday, B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy said that d-man Colin Miller would be unlikely for tomorrow’s Game 2 against the Sens, and ruled out top center David Krejci for a second straight contest.

Krejci’s absence doesn’t come as a surprise. As mentioned, he sat out Wednesday’s series-opening victory and has yet to return to practice while dealing with an upper-body injury.

Stream Bruins vs. Senators on NBC Sports

Miller’s absence comes after he was knocked out of Game 1 on a hit from Sens d-man Mark Borowiecki. That injury came with fellow blueliners Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo already on the shelf, meaning the Bruins are now looking at a potential six-man defense comprised of Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, John-Michael Liles, Kevan Miller and Joe Morrow.

Morrow is the likely candidate to replace Miller, if the latter is indeed ruled out. It’ll be a tall ask of the 24-year-old, who hasn’t played since Jan. 22.

That said, Cassidy hasn’t ruled out recalling a blueliner from AHL Providence.

 

 

Charlie McAvoy debuts in huge role – and shines – for Bruins

3 Comments

The Boston Bruins threw 19-year-old defenseman Charlie McAvoy right into the deep end … and that unusual debut went swimmingly.

His first NHL appearance was Game 1 of the Bruins’ first-round series against the Ottawa Senators, and it’s not as though McAvoy was eased into the mix. Only Zdeno Chara logged more ice time (25:32 to McAvoy’s 24:11) for Boston. He actually led all skaters in ice time through the first two periods.

That’s what you call a trial by fire for the 14th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bruins vs. Senators: Stream it on NBC Sports

And, again, he fit in remarkably well. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy put it simply when he said that McAvoy was “terrific.”

Now, it’s one thing for your own coach to provide praise, even if some bench bosses sometimes want to keep a player’s head out of clouds. It’s another when P.K. Subban comparisons come about, and they’re not unreasonable:

As a reminder, Subban made an immediate impact for Montreal in 2009-10, playing a significant role in that run after appearing in only two games during the regular season.

The rave reviews are quite abundant.

With Colin Miller possibly added to an extensive injured list, the Bruins need all the help they can get. For all we know, these tough breaks might allow McAvoy to emerge as an immediate difference-maker.

Bruins steal ugly Game 1 win from stunned Senators

11 Comments

The playoffs are a time for stars to cement their statuses as legends. Still, there are also moments that raise your eyebrows and games where it’s better to be lucky rather than good.

The Ottawa Senators kept the Boston Bruins from even managing a shot on goal for more than a period of time in Game 1. Bobby Ryan scored a tremendous goal to put his team up 1-0, and with Colin Miller added to the Bruins’ growing injury list, things looked grim.

Those injuries aren’t wiped away by winning … but for at least one night, that bad stuff didn’t really matter.

Bruins vs. Senators: Stream it on NBC Sports

Frank Vatrano broke that lull with a key third-period goal and (you guessed it) Brad Marchand delivered the game-winning dagger goal as the Bruins beat the Senators 2-1 to win Game 1.

Much like with the Rangers in Montreal, the Bruins managed to take away home-ice advantage and leave the crowd stunned.

Bruised Bruins are without David Krejci in Game 1

Getty

An upper-body injury proved to be too much for David Krejci, who is sidelined for the Boston Bruins in Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators tonight.

It’s no secret that injuries were already a concern for the Bruins coming into this series, with Torey Krug possibly out for the entire round.

As much as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron tilt the ice in Boston’s favor, Krejci’s enjoyed a strong season, scoring 23 goals and 54 points while playing all 82 games.

Watch Bruins vs. Senators on NBC Sports

The Bruins seemingly expected him to suit up tonight, so perhaps he’ll be available for Game 2?

Sens could be fully healthy against banged-up Bruins

2 Comments

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.

The Sens also expect to get forward Zack Smith back against the Bruins, and there’s a good chance d-man Marc Methot (finger, courtesy Sidney Crosby) will be ready too.

Watch Bruins vs. Senators on NBC Sports

“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.”

Meanwhile, the Bruins can’t say the same thing. They could be without two important defensemen, Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo.