Boston Bruins head coach ruled forward Curtis Lazar, and defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller out for Game 6 of the East Division Final against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
“He’ll be unavailable. He’s not going to travel with us,” Cassidy said of Lazar who was injured in the second period of the Bruins’ Game 5 5-4 loss to the Isles and did not return.
“We’ll list him as day-to-day with a lower body. He went awkward into the boards. Good hit. He and (Adam) Pelech both got tangled up. Unfortunately for Curtis came out on the wrong side of it. We’ll have to look at our lineup.”
So that means the Boston Bruins will definitely be without Lazar, Carlo, Miller, and potentially goalie Tuukka Rask, who on Tuesday, Cassidy would not confirm as his starting goalie for Game 6.
“We’ll find out tomorrow,” the always blunt Cassidy said in a mid-day Zoom session with reporters. “We’re not dissatisfied with Tuukka’s play. There are some health issues. Listen, we know he missed some time this year. We’re not going to get into where he’s at if it affects his game, all that. There’s also a lot of games in a row he’s played. At some point that could be an issue in the playoffs. There’s a lot of things that go into it.”
Carlo and Miller are still recovering from concussions. Carlo left Game 3 6:14 into the third period after he took a hard but clean hit from New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. He has missed the last two games. This is Carlo’s second concussion of the season after
Miller had to be helped off the ice midway through the second period of Game 4 in the Bruins’ five-game series win over the Washington Capitals in the first round. He was on the receiving end of a questionable hit by Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, taken to the hospital and released the following day. He has missed the last six games.
Boston Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi will remain in the lineup but if defenseman Jakub Zboril (upper-body) was suddenly good to go for Game 6, then Cassidy could make another change. As for the