Injured Jake DeBrusk will miss Bruins game at Detroit

Matt Kalman
November 07, 2019 - 12:54 pm

The Bruins will be shorthanded when they visit the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Forward Jake DeBrusk played through a lower-body injury in Boston’s 5-4 loss at Montreal on Tuesday, but woke up not feeling well Wednesday, and he did not practice or travel to Detroit with the Bruins on Thursday.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said DeBrusk will continue to be evaluated and he’s day-to-day.

One day after making the paper move of assigning forwards Zach Senyshyn and Cameron Hughes to Providence of the AHL, the Bruins called Senyshyn back up along with forward Peter Cehlarik. At least to start, Cehlarik will get a chance to skate with David Krejci and Danton Heinen against the Red Wings.

Senyshyn, meanwhile, will stay on his effective line with Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork. Senyshyn made his NHL season debut and had two assists against the Canadiens. He would’ve had a third assist if Coyle’s third-period goal wasn’t wiped out by a video review.

“I thought he handled it very well, he gave us whatever it was, about 11 solid minutes. He was on the puck, him and Bjorky did a real good job getting on pucks, turning pucks over to give us a chance to get on the attack,” Cassidy said about Senyshyn. “ Drew a penalty by going to the net, getting inside ice, something we’ve asked him, use his speed and his body position. That was a great example of that.”

David Backes remains out and not skating. Par Lindholm (upper body), Joakim Nordstrom (infection) and Kevan Miller (knee) skated with the team in red no-contact jerseys. John Moore (shoulder) skated before the team. Cassidy said Nordstrom is the closest among that group to returning and that Miller could be just one or two weeks away from being ready for game action.

Late assists

Senyshyn’s first assist didn’t make it on the score sheet until shortly after the game Tuesday. His second assist didn’t get credited until Wednesday.

“It was obviously a nice surprise yesterday, but it was just nice to be out there for those [goals>.”

After having two goals and one assist in 12 games with Providence, Senyshyn nearly matched his season’s total in one NHL game. The two-time 65-point scorer in the Ontario Hockey League is trying to let other parts of his game do the talking more than his production.

“Definitely [scoring> gives you a little bit of confidence, but I’m more just looking at the other parts of my game, kind of advancing pucks and having a good stick and kind of doing those little details, essentially just trying to help the team win,” the 22-year-old said. “It’s not necessarily your points, I had a very slow start to my year in Providence, and sometimes it’s not even the fact whether you get points or not, it’s just sometimes that’s just puck luck.”

Pair changes

At some point during the game in Montreal, Cassidy switched up his defense pairs so that Zdeno Chara skated with Connor Clifton, and Matt Grzelcyk skated with Charlie McAvoy. Those pairs might stick together in Detroit.

“Well we see it more equitable if Clifton goes with Zee, we’re just going to give it a go, it matches the size factor a little better,” Cassidy said. “We always thought Grizz and Clifton was two good players, but are they an ideal pair. This allows Charlie to free up a little more probably on the offensive side of things. Maybe not get the heavy matchup every time over the boards because Zee will definitely be matched up, that’s his strength. We’ll see with each game how long that lasts, but that’s the thinking, balances the pairs a little bit.”

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