Krug, Clifton, DeBrusk day-to-day heading to Bruins’ Game 3

Matt Kalman
April 14, 2019 - 3:14 pm

After evening the Eastern Conference first round with a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 on Saturday, the Bruins obviously want to try to duplicate the physicality and all the positive things they did when they play Game 3 in Toronto on Monday.

“I think that’s the goal,” defenseman Brandon Carlo said before leaving for Toronto. “[Saturday] was a good day for us. I feel like the whole 60 minutes was pretty good, a physical game and we brought it right from the get-go. That’s what we’re going to be looking to do regardless of their fan base and the crowd noise there. We want to maybe eliminate that by doing so.”

Repeating their 60-minute performance in the next game could be more difficult because the Bruins may not be able to ice the same lineup. Defensemen Torey Krug and Connor Clifton, and forward Jake DeBrusk all sustained upper-body injuries in Game 2. All three traveled to Toronto, but coach Bruce Cassidy classified them as day-to-day.

If DeBrusk can’t play, replacing him will depend on the status of Marcus Johansson, who missed Game 2 with an illness. He remained sick Sunday, according to Cassidy, and didn’t travel with the team. He could rejoin the Bruins on Monday.

Even if he’s healthy, there’s no guarantee Cassidy would re-insert him.

“There’s a decision to be made,” the coach said. “We played very well, had no complaints with anybody, so we’d have to decide on that. We still want to dress our best lineup. It’d be a little bit more about where is he with his [illness]. He could not be sick anymore, but if it’s a 24-, 36-, 48-hour thing and he looks good and he’s flying around, I guess we’d consider him more to put him in.”

Paul Carey was called up from Providence this weekend and could be an option. Sean Kuraly has been skating while trying to return from a fractured hand, but he’s not available yet.

On defense, the Bruins could turn to veteran Steven Kampfer or rookie Jakub Zboril, who was called up from Providence Sunday. John Moore’s progressing while trying to come back from an upper-body injury but, like Kuraly, isn’t yet available.

“They’re progressing well,” Cassidy said about Kuraly and Moore. “Until they’re with the team, it’s hard to say they’d go into the lineup. That’s typically the protocol in-season. Obviously this time of year you might have to skip a step. I don’t think we’ll see them [Monday] night in Toronto, but if we put them day-to-day, that’s the easiest way to do it.”

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