The juggling-act for the Bruins seems to be getting old, fast. Get one player back and another is unexpectedly out of the lineup. Now 94 man-games lost to injury on the season, the injury-bug knows no time zones, as the vicious cycle carried its way to California with the B’s for three more games.
The biggest surprise was the “undisclosed injury” to David Krejci. After playing nearly 19 minutes in Wednesday’s contest against the Ducks, Krejci was a late scratch Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. The “injury” couldn’t have been much of a concern whatsoever. No. 46 returned to lineup on Saturday against the Kings and logged 22:27 of total ice time [the most amongst all forwards], with an assist, plus-2, and three shots on goal.
Insert Krejci back into the lineup and take one out. Marco Sturm did not play, nor dress, on Saturday against the Kings with an apparent leg injury. Despite tallying 1-1-2, a plus-1 rating, and seven shots on goal in the previous two road games, Julien said the injury was not related to the San Jose game on Thursday.
“It’s a little bit of creeping up.” Julien said. “It’s not a specific injury from the San Jose game…he’s considered day-to-day.”
Boston’s one-and-only healthy center, Steve Begin, left Saturday’s game in the second period against the LA Kings, only to return for just one shift in the third. With Patrice Bergeron [thumb] and Marc Savard [knee] still sidelined with their respective injuries, Begin has been the only Bruins’ center to play in all 47 games this season. The injury, however, doesn’t appear to be very serious as of now.
“Undisclosed injury right now, he’s day-to-day.” Julien said after Saturday’s game of Begin’s status. “He’s certainly a possibility for next game.”
Even the defensive core is not immune to injuries, as the defensemen have also seen firsthand. For the depletion on the blue-line, the Bruins recalled Andy Wozniewski – on an emergency basis – from AHL Providence in the early morning of Thursday’s contest against the Sharks. Listed as a healthy scratch, Adam McQuiad got the nod in favor of Wozniewski to fill-in for the injured Mark Stuart on Thursday night.
Stuart was welcomed back on Saturday against the Kings after missing over a month with a broken sternum. However, his return was to action was without another one of Boston’s top defensemen. Dennis Wideman, who took a Kyle Chipchura shot off his left leg in Thursday’s game against Anaheim, was scratched from the lineup against the Kings. However, the coach said that the shot to the knee was not the problem.
“He’s has a virus for the last couple of days where he’s been extremely sick.” Julien said. “He tried to warm-up [pregame] and had no energy at all.”