BRIGHTON, Mass – The Boston Bruins won convincingly in a shutout win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night, but they may have paid a price for the two points.
Both Zach Senyshyn and Brad Marchand were missing from Friday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena and B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed afterward that both absences were injury-related from Thursday’s win. Marchand wasn’t able to practice on Friday and the Bruins are hoping he’ll feel good enough to play in Saturday afternoon’s rematch matinee against the Rangers at TD Garden. Senyshyn is “going to miss some time” with an upper body injury suffered in the victory just as he was getting a chance to establish himself.
“It was a little bit of maintenance because he got banged up last night. Last time Tuukka left the game against Jersey and we didn’t think it was much and he hasn’t been back since, so I don’t want to speculate much,” said Cassidy. “I know Brad hates missing games, so we’ll see how he is in the morning. But he wasn’t able to practice today, so hopefully he can go tomorrow. [With Senyshyn] it’s an upper body and he’s going to miss some time.”
That’s a tough break for Senyshyn after he looked good in his first game skating with a new-look fourth line on Thursday night vs. the Rangers.
Tuukka Rask was able unable to practice on Friday with Jaroslav Halak confirmed for Saturday’s start against the Rangers. Rask has missed the last two games due to an injury suffered at the end of last weekend’s loss to the New Jersey Devils, and it’s anticipated either Dan Vladar or Jeremy Swayman could start one of the back-to-back road games next week vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins if Rask isn’t able to practice this weekend.
Aside from Senyshyn and Marchand, Craig Smith, Nick Ritchie and Jakub Zboril also missed time during Thursday night’s game with physical issues but felt good enough to practice on Friday with the rest of the group.
Here are the Boston Bruins forward lines and D-pairings from Friday’s practice with Marchand, Senyshyn and Rask all missing from the fold: