February 26, 2024

Bruins

The damage bug continues to sting the Boston Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy has not performed since final Thursday towards the Sabres. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

The damage bug continues to sting the Boston Bruins.

On Thursday, the workforce introduced that each Charlie McAvoy and Pavel Zacha have been positioned on injured reserve. In a corresponding transfer, Boston recalled veteran ahead Patrick Brown and defenseman Parker Wotherspoon from Windfall. Wotherspoon’s recall is on an emergency foundation.

When a participant is placed on injured reserve, they’re dominated out for at least seven days. Contemplating that McAvoy’s IR project is retroactive, he’s already missed the allotted seven days.

It stays to be seen if McAvoy might be cleared in time for Friday’s highway sport towards the Islanders — though his IR designation doesn’t precisely bode effectively for a return at UBS Enviornment.

Resulting from Zacha’s placement on IR, the top-six heart might be dominated out by way of not less than Saturday. He might be eligible to return on Tuesday night time in Boston’s dwelling sport towards the Minnesota Wild.

McAvoy went down with an upper-body damage on Dec. 7 towards the Sabres — with Boston’s high defenseman getting caught up excessive by Buffalo ahead JJ Peterka. The day after that 3-1 loss to Buffalo, Jim Montgomery famous that McAvoy didn’t endure a concussion on the hit from Peterka.

Zacha solely performed within the first interval of Boston’s matinee matchup towards the Coyotes final Saturday earlier than additionally getting dominated out with an upper-body subject.

Brown has performed in eight complete video games with Boston this season, recording an help. Brown is anticipated to function bottom-six depth, with Morgan Geekie seemingly sticking in Zacha’s high as a top-six pivot. Geekie has scored a objective and added a main help in his two video games on Boston’s high line.

Wotherspoon has performed in three video games with Boston this season, recording an help and averaging 13:51 of ice time. With McAvoy on the mend, Boston has turned to Mason Lohrei and Ian Mitchell for normal minutes on the blue line.

Boston is already with out one other starter on protection, with the Bruins inserting defenseman Derek Forbort on long-term injured reserve on Dec. 7 as a result of a nagging lower-body ailment. Forbort won’t be eligible to return till Dec. 31 towards the Crimson Wings.