The 2020 Winter Classic began the next decade of NHL action, and that action included violence, a comeback, and Texas-sized fun. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 feels more like the first full round of hockey in this new decade, though, and it’s not surprising that there’s plenty of NHL injury news to consider, from returning Boston Bruins to less positive developments for the likes of Jack Hughes.
Let’s get to the tidbits like Brian Boucher seeking fried Snickers.
Plenty of good Bruins injury news updates
The Bruins hold a significant lead in the Atlantic Division, but can’t be happy about a 4-2-4 stretch, and their generally mediocre end to 2019.
That said, as much as the Bruins rolled with the punches over the last few seasons, you can only hold off injuries for so long. Boston buckled after a while, so the Bruins must be heartened to start 2020 a little bit healthier. It certainly looks that way right now.
- Torey Krug returns after missing three games.
- David Krejci is also back, and slated to resume being second-line center.
- Charlie McAvoy is a game-time decision.
Even if McAvoy can’t quite return, that’s quite the slew of returning players. Danton Heinen is also expected to be back in the mix after being a healthy scratch.
More bad breaks for Blue Jackets
The Bruins face the Blue Jackets on Thursday, and Columbus stands on the other end of the spectrum. The Blue Jackets keep finding ways to earn standings points, even as injuries pile up, and John Tortorella receives more fines.
The Blue Jackets placed intriguing young forward Alexandre Texier on IR on Thursday with a lumbar stress fracture. “Lumbar stress fracture” translates to a back/spine injury, so it’s no surprise that Texier is sidelined indefinitely.
Texier adds to an increasingly ridiculous Blue Jackets injury list that also includes:
Combine injuries with all of those free agent loses, and Columbus deserves credit for hanging in there. Sadly for Torts & Co., they face tough odds to actually persevere to the playoffs, though.
Setback for Jack
Jack Hughes looked like he was heating up with three points in his last four games, but now he’s hurt. The top pick of the 2019 NHL Draft suffered an upper-body injury, leaving him day-to-day.
Considering the sorry state of the New Jersey Devils, there’s no sense in risking Hughes’ long-term health by rushing him back. Honestly, Hughes might benefit from a break.
The Devils face the Islanders as part of NBCSN’s doubleheader on Thursday, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Click here for the livestream link.
Assorted injury news
- The Montreal Canadiens lost Brendan Gallagher to a concussion, and aren’t sure how long he’ll be out. Claude Julien described it as another big loss, and he’s right. The Canadiens were already stumbling without Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia, and Paul Byron, but Gallagher is crucial to their success. Probably time for Marc Bergevin to enter sell mode, to at least some extent.
- The Winnipeg Jets absorbed another loss to their depleted defense: Nathan Beaulieu is expected to miss at least one month.
- Peter Laviolette said he isn’t sure how serious Ryan Ellis‘ injury is from that Corey Perry hit, although he noted Ellis is “pretty banged up,” according to The Tennessean.