While Torey Krug (maintenance) and Ryan Spooner (lower-body) didn’t take the ice during the Bruins’ practice Wednesday afternoon at Warrior Ice Arena, positive news on the injury front came in the form of a full-strength Jake DeBrusk. The 21-year-old forward skated on David Krejci’s line – along with Anders Bjork – and Bruce Cassidy said he’ll be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s game against the Coyotes at TD Garden.
“Jake obviously was getting closer and he looks good now,” Cassidy said following practice. “He’ll be a game-time decision. He’d have to be activated first…that’s something Donnie [Sweeney] and I will discuss.”
If healthy, it’s likely DeBrusk will replace Spooner on Krejci’s line over Frank Vatrano. Spooner sat Wednesday’s practice out with an injury “similar” to the groin injury that sidelined him for nearly a month. Cassidy said they’ll “see how he is and go from there” ahead of tomorrow’s game.
DeBrusk had been trending upwards, with six points (two goals, four assists) in six games before being sidelined with an undisclosed injury Nov. 28 and missing the last three games.
“You never want to get injured – especially when pucks are going in and you’re producing,” said DeBrusk, who missed one other game this year as a healthy scratch back on Nov. 11. “…it’s frustrating because you want to be in action and keep playing when you’re hot…personally, I’ve gone through ups and downs in my 20 games here, lots of learning experiences to take into the second half [of the season].”
All signs point to DeBrusk’s return, but we’ll likely find out after tomorrow’s skate.