The Boston Bruins lost Charlie McAvoy early in the 1st period on Saturday night. The defenseman would not return to the game and he won’t be returning to the ice anytime soon.
The injury occurred less than a minute into the game. McAvoy went down awkwardly and no one knew what happened. Some said it was the cause of stick work by Brendan Gallagher. It was later revealed that it may have been from colliding with the boards.
Bruce Cassidy spoke about McAvoy’s injury earlier today.
What will the lineup look like?
Well, thank God Don Sweeney made the moves he did at the deadline. With Nick Holden being brought in, the Bruins don’t need to call up a player from the AHL. Holden will slide up next to Torey Krug which could make for a very offensive focused d-pairing.
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Brandon Carlo will get a great opportunity to play with Zdeno Chara in the top defensive pairing. Carlo has been struggling as of late. In Carlo’s last 10 games he had one assist and a rating of -5. Quite simply if a goal is being scored on the Bruins there is a good chance that Carlo is on the ice.
Carlo can take advantage of playing with his former d-partner. Since Chara is such a great defenseman Carlo can take some risks in the offensive zone. Hopefully, this will jumpstart a streak of good play by Carlo.
Cassidy also gave an update on Tuukka Rask’s health Tuesday morning.
It looks like we may be seeing Anton Khudobin a lot more with Rask nursing this injury.
McAvoy is a big loss for the Bruins and he will be missed. He has been having a great rookie year, but the main concern for the B’s is getting McAvoy healthy for the playoffs. It’s going to be hard for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup without one of their top defensemen.
So get well Charlie. If the Bruins want to have any chance of bringing the cup to Boston you need to be on the ice.