Torey Krug joins Brandon Carlo among Bruins’ injured defensemen

Matt Kalman
March 09, 2020 - 1:22 pm

The Philadelphia Flyers are red-hot having won nine in a row, and now they’re going to get to face the Bruins without Boston’s second defense pair.

Torey Krug did not practice Monday and will not play Tuesday night in Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury. Coach Bruce Cassidy said Krug was injured going into the board with Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn on Saturday.

Branon Carlo skated before practice but will also remain out with the upper-body injury he sustained Thursday at the Florida Panthers.

Cassidy said both defensemen could be available by the weekend.

Cliffy time

John Moore replaced Carlo on Saturday and now Connor Clifton will replace Krug after missing the past 28 games. Although he wasn’t activated from injured reserve until Saturday, Clifton has been healthy since he skated on a two-game conditioning stint with Providence of the AHL last month.

Cassidy said he expects Clifton, who had two goals in 30 NHL games this season before he was injured, to be rusty.

“Yeah, I mean I know it’s not going to be perfect, but I’m pretty fresh. So I’m going to get in there … keep it simple and limit mistakes,” Clifton said.

Unmanaged load

Krug and Carlo’s injuries have altered the Bruins’ plans to rest some of the defenseman that have played the most this season.

“So down the road we’ll have to look at some other D-men, and that could involve callups … we’ll keep playing with our group until we get a little closer along,” Cassidy said. “Originally we had a plan for that West Coast trip, we were hoping to maybe mix some people in there, might be a good time to do it, but with injuries that’s always a mitigating factor, which you still want to dress a lineup where you feel you’re better than the other team because you want to win.”

More Duck Soup

The line of David Krejci centering former Anaheim Ducks Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase hasn’t produced points as a until, but master tinkerer Cassidy is going to stick with them playing as a line for a little longer.

“I think him and Krech and Ritchie have had some chances,” Cassidy said. “They haven’t hit the score sheet and once they do it’ll take a load off everybody. I actually talked to David a little bit about that today … so he’s comfortable with it, it’s just eventually you want the production.”

“I’m comfortable with the way our lines are set up. We’ll move pieces around if we have to, but we’re going to give it a little bit longer of a look.”

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