The Boston Bruins went back to work on Friday at TD Garden after a frustrating OT loss, and they did it while once again missing a few bodies due to injuries.
Tuukka Rask was missing after exiting following the first period of Thursday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders and has been ruled out from playing in either of this weekend’s games against the Buffalo Sabres.
Rask made six saves and didn’t give up any goals while he was in the game, but he did look a little slow and stiff while moving to play pucks around his net.
“He will not play this weekend,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I don’t believe there’s anything major there, but there’s obviously something going on where he needed to leave with a similar injury to last time. Obviously, we have to keep a closer eye on it if it’s something that’s going to flare up.”
Boston Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman was likewise missing from Friday’s practice while undergoing an MRI after exiting Thursday night’s game following a blocked shot with his hand and was not able to hold a stick on Friday morning.
“[Kuhlman] is going to get an MRI. He obviously blocked a shot last night. I think everybody saw that and he couldn’t hold his stick today. So, he’s gone to get it looked at to make sure there’s nothing [structural]. I think with those smaller bones you’ve got to take a closer look,” said Bruce Cassidy. “So, he won’t play [on Saturday]. If the MRI is negative or there’s no damage, then it becomes a comfort thing with holding a stick and I’d only be speculating when that could be.”
Zach Senyshyn would draw back into the lineup for the Black and Gold on the third line provided he gets through today without any setbacks. The timing is unfortunate given that Kuhlman scored his first goal of the season in Thursday night’s OT loss and that Kuhlman teamed with Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork for some pretty strong third line play.
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C. McAvoy (15), A. Bjork (1)
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It’s unfortunate overall that the Bruins once again were waylaid with injuries after getting healthier during their five-day quarantine period, but that’s inevitable given the frenetic pace the Bruins will be playing at with their final 27 games over a 46-day period. At least Brandon Carlo (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee) and Ondrej Kase (upper body) all skated prior to Friday’s practice on the Garden ice and continue to push closer to a return to Black and Gold duty. Cassidy also added bruising D-man Jeremy Lauzon is “very close” to a return and only needs some reps at practice before he might drop back into the lineup.
Here is the Bruins practice lineup from Friday’s session at TD Garden that featured plenty of special teams’ work: