Bruins’ injured contingent grows to include Krejci, Clifton

Matt Kalman
December 30, 2019 - 8:41 pm

As if missing Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy wasn’t enough, now the Bruins are down two more bodies.

They kind of knew they might be without Connor Clifton at New Jersey on Tuesday because the defenseman sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of the win against Buffalo on Sunday and didn’t return to the action.

But now David Krejci is also out with a lower-body injury and he didn’t make the trip to Newark.

So coach Bruce Cassidy, who benched Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen for nearly one period each against the Sabres, is now down to just 12 available forwards. That means benching players will be rare, and the likes of David Backes and Brett Ritchie have to play rather than be scratched.

To make room for the emergency recall of defenseman Jeremy Lauzon from Providence of the American League the Bruins placed McAvoy on injured reserve.

One positive note: Krug practiced with the Bruins at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday.

You know that depth the Bruins are always bragging about? Well here’s yet another test of it with four defensemen and a second-line center all on the shelf at the same time.

All-Star bound

The NHL announced Tuukka Rask will represent the Bruins on the Atlantic Division team at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25. Rask joins David Pastrnak, who was voted in as the Atlantic Division captain, as Bruins on the squad. Patrice Bergeron is among the players that can be voted in as part of the Last Men In competition online.

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