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Bruins D Matt Grzelcyk Will Miss Rematch With Rangers Friday

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Unfortunately for Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, he just can’t stay healthy this season. 

After not taking a single shift in the final nine minutes of regulation or in overtime and playing just 11:41 total in a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers Wednesday night, Matt Grzelcyk was not on the ice for practice Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Fellow defenseman Kevan Miller – who returned this season after missing all of last season – was also not skating Thursday but according to head coach Bruce Cassidy, it was just a maintenance day for Miller but worse news for Grzelcyk.

“Miller yes; ‘Gryzz’, I don’t think will be able to go tomorrow,” Cassidy replied when asked if Thursday was a maintenance day for both defensemen. “We’ll put him as day-to-day, lower-body. Obviously had a tough start to the year but. …Clifton will most likely go back into his spot. He did a good job for us when ‘Gryzz’ was out so that’s what it will look like for us tomorrow.”

Matt Grzelcyk had missed six of the Bruins’ previous seven games with two different lower-body injuries and it is not known if this injury that will force him to miss another game Friday night is one of those nagging injuries that has plagued him. Grzelcyk did not look himself in the game Wednesday and was on the ice for two Rangers goals and finished at a minus -2. This may explain why. 

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Matt Grzelcyk has three assists in six games this season. Last season, the 26-year-old rearguard had four goals and 17 assists in 68 games. The Bruins were hoping Grzelcyk could help fill some of the void left on the powerplay with Torey Krug’s departure but due to injuries, he just hasn’t been able to get into the groove the season yet.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

I like Matt but I’m beginning to think he maybe too small and fragile for this league. Regardless of what the teams physicians are saying I would run extensive tests on this guy and not allow him back till it’s 100 per legit health wise. There’s something more than meets the eyes with this. Connor’s been playing very well I like like what Clifton brings to the table he hits with reckless abandon he’s not afraid to scrap or join the rush. Until Matt’s a 100% go Cliffy!

[…] *Matt Grzelcyk is out of the lineup again for the Boston Bruins with his troublesome lower body injury, which means that it’s time for Cliffy Hockey against the New York Rangers on Friday night. (Boston Hockey Now) […]

Hockey B

Is this guy….. literally ever going to play in the NHL again? LOL. Starting to wonder what the point is. Can’t seem to keep these bruins defensemen in there for more than 2 games without them getting put on IR. They need to trade for a top 4 defenseman that isn’t made out of paper or they will get bounced in round 1. Look at what happened over the last two games without Miller and Lauzon. WOOF…

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