May 18, 2024

Bruins

Milan Lucic has already missed two video games after taking a puck off his skate on Saturday in opposition to the Kings.

Milan Lucic suffered an harm on Saturday night time in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings. (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

The Bruins’ fourth line goes to look just a little totally different over the following few weeks.

Talking on Thursday forward of Boston’s house matchup in opposition to the Anaheim Geese, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery introduced that each Milan Lucic and Jakub Lauko are going to be on the shelf on account of harm.

Lucic, who has already missed the final two video games after a shot from Derek Forbort struck him on the skate throughout Boston’s highway win over the Kings on Saturday, shall be out for “a pair weeks,” in response to Montgomery.

The 35-year-old veteran, who recorded two assists in Boston’s first 4 video games of the 2023-24 season, tried to participate within the group’s morning skates on each Sunday in Anaheim and Tuesday in Chicago earlier than making his method off the ice. Montgomery acknowledged earlier this week that Lucic probably wanted extra testing, with the bodily winger not noticed on the ice Thursday morning.

Lauko managed to keep away from catastrophe throughout Boston’s win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Whereas Lauko was making an attempt to get again on his skates after falling over throughout a battle alongside the boards within the third interval, Chicago ahead Jason Dickinson’s skate sliced him near his left eye — instantly drawing blood.

Regardless of the proximity to his eye, Montgomery famous postgame that Lauko’s eyesight was not impacted and he solely wanted stitches to shut up the wound. 

However on Thursday, Montgomery added that Lauko suffered a “fracture” on the play and shall be dominated out “a minimum of every week.”

With each Lucic and Lauko on the mend, it’s to be anticipated that Patrick Brown will stay within the lineup on Boston’s checking unit alongside Johnny Beecher. It stays to be seen who will slot over into the opposite vacant spot on that ahead grouping.

Throughout Thursday’s morning skate, Danton Heinen skated with Beecher and Brown. However the ahead has nonetheless not signed a contract with the Bruins as of Thursday afternoon and might want to put pen to paper on a contract if he desires to play on Thursday.

Steve Conroy of The Boston Herald noted on Thursday morning that ahead Jesper Boqvist was at Warrior Ice Enviornment on Thursday morning and skated earlier than the Bruins took the ice. 

Whether or not or not it’s signing Heinen or calling up Boqvist from Windfall, the Bruins might want to make one other roster transfer earlier than puck drop on Thursday with a view to area a full 12-man ahead grouping. 

Listed below are the Bruins’ strains from Thursday’s morning skate:

Marchand-Zacha-Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Poitras-Geekie
van Riemsdyk-Coyle-Frederic
Heinen-Beecher-Brown

Grzelcyk-McAvoy
Lindholm-Carlo
Forbort-Shattenkirk

Ullmark
Swayman