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Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk: Practicing Wednesday
Grzelcyk (upper body) practiced Wednesday, Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now reports.
Per Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, Grzelcyk -- who suffered an upper-body injury Monday against the Islanders -- was out there Wednesday skating on the team's second pairing, along with Brandon Carlo. It thus appears that Grzelcyk will be able handle his usual even strength and power-play roles Thursday night against the Flyers.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' David Pastrnak: On ice for practice
Pastrnak (hip) is practicing with the team Wednesday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
The star winger is still not taking contact in practice, but it's an encouraging sign that he's out there with his teammates as a 13th forward. An update to Pastrnak's original estimated mid-February return date hasn't been announced, so it's probably best for fantasy managers to continue banking on that timeline. Jake DeBrusk is currently holding down Pastrnak's spot on the Bruins' top line.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk: Upper-body injury
Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now indicates that the upper-body injury that forced Grzelcyk out of Monday's loss to the Islanders appeared to be a right shoulder issue.
The Bruins have yet to provide a detailed update on Grzelcyk's status, but if he misses time, Urho Vaakanainen figures to move into the lineup, while the team will need to shuffle its top power-play unit. Three games into the season, Grzelcyk, who's taken on an expanded role following the offseason departure of Torey Krug, has logged 11 shots and one assist.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Tough-luck loss against Isles
Rask stopped 16 shots in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Islanders.
He wasn't especially busy, but the 33-year-old turned aside every puck sent his way until late in the third period, when Jean-Gabriel Pageau swatted one out of midair right on the edge of the blue paint and gave the veteran netminder no chance to react. The Bruins' defense has done a good job so far of limiting scoring opportunities, and a result Rask has only had to face 39 shots through two starts, stopping 36 of them. If he can get a little more offensive support, that should lead to another very strong statistical season for Rask.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk: Exits Monday's contest
There was no update on Grzelcyk (undisclosed) after he left Monday's contest against the Islanders, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Grzelcyk left immediately after taking an awkward fall to the ice and it's unclear what he's dealing with at the moment. He'll be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Flyers until a further update is available.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Ondrej Kase: Lands on IR
Kase (upper body) has been placed on IR by the Bruins.
As long as Kase remains sidelined, a spot on the Bruins' second line has been opened up. In his looming absence Monday against the Islanders, Jack Studnicka is in line to play right wing in place of Kase, on a trio with Nick Ritchie and David Krejci.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Anders Bjork: Third-line duty on tap
Bjork is slated to play left wing on the Bruins' third line Monday against the Islanders, Eric Russo of the team's official site reports.
The Bruins continue to shuffle their top nine up front, so Bjork, who saw some first-line duty in Saturday's loss to New Jersey, will now see action on a trio with Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith. It remains to be seen, however, if that's where he stays, especially given all the moving parts in what will be a unique NHL season. Two games into the campaign, Bjork has logged just one shot and zero points, but the 24-year-old does bring some offensive upside to the mix, thanks to his good wheels and solid puck skills.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Trent Frederic: Cements role on fourth line
Frederic has been skating on the Bruins' fourth line with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
While the Bruins continue to shuffle things with regard to their top-six up front, the team's fourth line looks stable at this time. Per Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound Frederic has impressed coach Bruce Cassidy with his consistency and physicality. While a spot on the team's fourth line doesn't carry much upside on offense for Frederic, it does at least look like the 2016 first-rounder is cementing a regular role with the big club. If the 22-year-old has an opportunity to move up in the lineup during this unique NHL season, it's possible that Frederic could see added opportunities to provide the team with some secondary scoring.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Set to skate on Bergeron line
DeBrusk is on track to work on the Bruins' top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in Monday's game against the Islanders, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
With David Pastrnak (hip) still sidelined, the Bruins continue to look for answers on the right side of their top trio. DeBrusk, who normally skates on the team's second line, is the next man up here and working with Marchand and Bergeron is good opportunity for the 24-year-old to get back on track, after recording zero points and four shots through his first two games this season.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jack Studnicka: Back in the lineup
Studnicka is slated to re-join the Bruins' lineup Monday against the Islanders, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
After being a healthy scratch Saturday versus New Jersey, Studnicka will get back into the mix Monday, with Ondrej Kase (upper body) unavailable. In his return to action, Studnicka is expected to see second-line duty along with Nick Ritchie and David Krejci. While Studnicka hasn't quite settled into a steady role this season, the Bruins are hopeful that the skilled young forward will provide the team with a needed spark up front, especially with top right winger David Pastrnak (hip) sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Ondrej Kase: Won't play Monday
Kase (upper body) won't play Monday against the Islanders, per coach Bruce Cassidy, Evan Marinofsky of CLNS Media reports.
Kase was previously listed as doubtful for this one after sustaining the injury Saturday, so his absence isn't surprising. Jack Studnicka will enter the lineup in his place, while Kase's next opportunity to return will come Thursday against the Flyers.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Facing Islanders on Monday
Rask is set to start Monday's game against the Islanders, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
After starting the Bruins' season opening 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey, Rask gave way to Jaroslav Halak in Saturday's rematch, which resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss for Boston. As long as both goalies are available, Rask is in line to see the majority the team's starts in net, but Halak -- one of the league's more capable No. 2 options -- will no doubt see his share of action, with an eye toward keeping Rask fresh as the 2020-21 season progresses.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Brandon Carlo: Playing time on decline
Carlo is averaging 18:23 of ice time through two games while being held without a point.
Entering this season, Carlo averaged 20:22 of ice time per game in four years. On the flip side, Charlie McAvoy is seeing over three more minutes on ice compared to last season, increasing from 23:10 to 23:64 per game. With a career high of 19 points, Carlo wasn't expected to produce much on the offensive end, but a cut in playing time will likely sink those numbers further.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Ondrej Kase: Not expected to play Monday
Kase (upper body) is doubtful to play in Monday's game against the Islanders.
Kase sustained an upper-body injury during Saturday's overtime loss to the Devils, and it appears he'll miss at least one game as a result. Craig Smith and Jack Studnicka are candidates to replace Kase as the second-line right wing Monday.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Craig Smith: Debuts with Bruins
Smith saw 17:07 worth of ice time in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey.
After missing Thursday night's season opener with a lower-body injury, Smith made his debut with the Bruins on Saturday, en route to recording two shots and logging 1:22 on the team's power play. He began the game on Boston's third line, but also moved up in the lineup as coach Bruce Cassidy mixed things up, looking for a spark up front. With Ondrej Kase dealing with an upper-body injury and the right wing spot on the team's top trio still unsettled, who Smith will skate with against the Islanders on Monday has yet to be determined.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Pots shortie in OT loss
Bergeron scored a short-handed goal in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils.
His first tally of the season came in almost ironic fashion -- the Bruins took a bench minor challenging a would-be goal disallowed due to goaltender interference, only for Bergeron to fire one home on the ensuing power play for New Jersey. The veteran center has recorded at least 30 goals in three straight seasons without playing more than 65 games in any of them, and even with the shortened schedule in 2020-21, his checkered injury history might be a bigger obstacle to him reaching that mark again.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jaroslav Halak: Falls to Devils in OT
Halak turned aside 29 shots in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils.
The veteran netminder came up with some brilliant stops just to earn a point for Boston, but Halak had no answer for Yegor Sharangovich on a clear break from the blue line just before the OT period ended. Both Halak and Tuukka Rask have looked sharp in their first action of the season, and at least so far the Bruins' turnover on defense doesn't appear to be impacting the numbers of the team's goalies.... See More ... See Less