The Boston Bruins continue to lose muscle, size and strength seemingly by the day as rugged forward Trent Frederic was knocked out of Thursday night’s game with a lower body injury.
The 22-year-old Frederic blocked a shot in the first period of the 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center and had to leave the game after just 5:28 of ice time with a plus-1 rating. It sounded like the Bruins might be without him for a short period of time, but the good news was that X-Rays taken in Buffalo came back negative.
“He blocked a shot, lower body. It was late in the first and he wasn’t feeling right afterward. The X-ray was negative, so that’s a positive,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I think that’s one we’ll have to list as day-to-day for the next couple of days and see how it goes. If it doesn’t get better in the next couple of days, then we may need to take the next step and have an MRI in Boston to see if it isn’t anything more than a bruise.”
It’s bad timing for Frederic as he was coming off a game where he scored a goal in Pittsburgh and has begun to put together his offensive game to go along with the rugged, physical style that he brings to the Boston Bruins bench. With Kevan Miller, Brandon Carlo, Jeremy Lauzon, Jared Tinordi and now Frederic all injured and on the shelf, the Boston Bruins are missing nearly all their big, strong and physical players with just Nick Ritchie still healthy and throwing his weight around.
It’s something the Bruins are acutely aware of as they’re righting the ship for their overall game with two straight wins in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
“You’ve got to change the way you play a little bit and you’ve got to have more foot speed. I think you see that with our lineup with Karson Kuhlman and Oskar Steen going in because they’re a little quicker,” said Cassidy. “We want to have some size and we want to be tough to play against, and some of those guys on the back end deliver that for us. The good news with those guys is that some of them are skating and not too far off. As for Frederic, we don’t know so let’s not take him out of the lineup too quick.”