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Bruins lose entire second line in five-day span

Ty Anderson
November 28, 2017 - 2:26 pm

An endless stream of injuries for the Bruins is beginning to border on comical.

With leaders David Backes and Brad Marchand both full participants in Tuesday’s practice, and seemingly upgraded to game-time decisions for Wednesday’s tilt against the Lightning, it was Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci that missed practice.

And no, it was not a scheduled maintenance day for either player.

“With Jake [it’s] an upper-body. He made it through the game the other night but came in yesterday, so he’ll be out tomorrow. Day-to-day,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after practice. “And Krejci re-aggravated an old injury, so he’s out. Day-to-day.”

As is tradition, two come in, two go out, and on the Bruins -- or what's left of them, anyways -- go. 

But the loss of DeBrusk is a big one considering his effectiveness since returning to the lineup from his scratching on Nov. 11, with two goals, six points, and 18 shots in six games. And losing Krejci again is obviously damaging, with the Bruins having a 3-4-4 record with Krejci on the shelf (they’re 7-4-0 with him) this season, and considering the undeniable plus he brings to the table as a second puck-possession pivot behind Patrice Bergeron. Krejci has also been a definite spark to the B's power play, which sits at 9-for-40 (22.5 percent) with Krejci in the lineup, and just 5-for-33 (15.1 percent) with Krejci watching as an injured scratch. 

Factor the loss of each player with Peter Cehlarik’s injury sustained in Black Friday’s 4-3 win over the Penguins, which will keep Cehlarik out of action for at least four weeks before he’s re-evaluated, and the Black and Gold have lost their entire second line in just five days. 

This injury situation doesn't seem like anything the Bruins have gone through in recent years, with the three-leader forward core of Backes, Bergeron, and Krejci together for just one game this season, and one it's forcing Cassidy to readjust his gameplan and keep his players upbeat on a near-constant basis.

“I think our play has dictated our [positive mindset],” Cassidy said. “When you win games you tend to stay positive. Lately it’s been more positive than negative.

“The focus stays on the 20 guys in the lineup. Obviously guys get a chance to play in these situations, and they get excited about it. And the guys returning to the lineup, they’ve got a little more jump in their step,” Cassidy added. “You just try to put a gameplan together that suits the group without getting too far away from what we do.”

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