The Boston Bruins got some great news on the injury front Thursday morning as head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that defenseman Torey Krug and center David Krejci would be back in the lineup for the Bruins when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden Thursday night. Both Krug and Krejci along with injured defenseman Charlie McAvoy took part in the team’s morning skate, but Cassidy termed McAvoy as a game-time decision.
The Bruins also announced that injured forward Anton Blidh (shoulder surgery) has been loaned to the Providence Bruins (AHL) an LTI conditioning loan and that rookie defenseman Jeremy Lauzon was reassigned to Providence. Lauzon had been recalled Monday when the Bruins found out defenseman Connor Clifton (upper-body) couldn’t play at New Jersey against the Devils on New Year’s Eve Day.
Krug returns after being placed on injured reserve and missing the last three games with an upper-body injury suffered in the Bruins’ 7-3 win over the Washington Capitals on December 23 compliments of a thunderous hit -Krug said was clean Thursday – from Caps winger Tom Wilson.
“Ready to go and obviously just excited to get back out there,” Krug said after the game day skate.
In that same game against Washington, McAvoy took a late hit from Capitals forward T.J. Oshie as time wound down in the game. He was also placed on IR with an upper-body injury.
“Feeling good, was able to skate the last couple days, kind of ramping up a little bit,” McAvoy said Thursday. “Good skate this morning and we’ll just see what happens…it’s hockey, I guess. Haven’t really thought about [the hit] for a while, just been focusing on myself and the team and trying to cheer these guys on the last week. Just trying to focus on myself and getting better.”
It is not clear when Krejci got hurt, but he missed the game in New Jersey Tuesday with a lower-body injury.
Krejci has eight goals and 20 assists in 34 games this season and a goal and three assists in his last three games.
Krug has five goals and 21 assists in 33 games and has a goal and four assists in his last five games.
McAvoy has 13 helpers in 38 games for the Bruins this season.
If McAvoy plays, here’s what the Bruins lineup should look like Thursday against the Blue Jackets:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Charlie Coyle
Anders Bjork – Sean Kuraly – Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom – Par Lindholm – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
John Moore – Matt Grzelcyk