December 4, 2023


The Bruins may very well be with out two of their beginning defensemen throughout Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Toronto.

Matt Grzelcyk has scored one purpose in 9 video games with the Bruins this season. (AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer)

The Bruins’ blue line is anticipated to take a success.

Talking after Boston’s 3-2 comeback win over the Panthers on Monday evening, Jim Montgomery introduced that defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is anticipated to be out “a pair weeks” because of an upper-body damage.

Grzelcyk exited Monday’s recreation halfway by way of the third interval, ending the sport with simply 3:29 of ice time. It was unclear what triggered the fleet-footed defenseman to depart the sport early.

With Grzelcyk sidelined and Charlie McAvoy ultimately faraway from Monday’s recreation within the third interval because of a match penalty, Boston needed to roll out a four-man grouping of Hampus Lindholm, Brandon Carlo, Derek Forbort, and Kevin Shattenkirk for the ultimate 13+ minutes of play in opposition to Florida.

Grzelcyk garnered reward from Montgomery final week for his robust play as of late, with the 29-year-old blueliner incomes extra reps on the penalty kill whereas persevering with to type an efficient D pairing subsequent to McAvoy.

The duo of McAvoy and Grzelcyk have logged the second-most 5v5 minutes collectively amongst Bruins defensive companions (87:33) this season — with Boston holding a 3-1 edge in targets scored over that prolonged stretch of play.

If McAvoy faces further self-discipline from the NHL Division of Participant Security for his excessive hit in opposition to Florida’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Boston might want to name up two defensemen forward of its anticipated matchup in opposition to the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Ian Mitchell and Jakub Zboril stand to be on the entrance of the road in Windfall because of their earlier reps in NHL ranks. However Boston might additionally take an extended have a look at blue-chip prospect Mason Lohrei, who was one of many crew’s ultimate roster cuts earlier than the beginning of the common season.

Lohrei has performed in seven complete video games with the Windfall Bruins this season, recording 4 assists over that stretch.