Saying the Boston Bruins are decimated by injuries at the moment may be an understatement.
The B’s simply have been ravaged with players suffering various ailments throughout the young season, and many key players, among others, have gone down for extended periods of time.
Patrice Bergeron is the most recent, suffering a rib and shoulder injury that will leave him out of commission for at least four weeks. Zdeno Chara also is out, while Charlie McAvoy, Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore are among those also sidelined. The lone body the Bruins are expected to get back quite soon is Kevan Miller, who is prepared to skate against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday in his first game since sustaining a hand injury Oct. 18.
So with that many guys out, how do things look? Well…
The good news is that Vaakanainen and McAvoy skating is a step in the right direction. But of those players listed, 10 are in either their first or second NHL season.
There’s something to be said about getting the young guys reps on the varsity, but there’s no dancing around the fact that this is a pretty ragtag group of players. However, that’s the nature of the beast, and no opponent will be giving the B’s any sympathy for their tough luck with health.
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