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B's power-play weapons Torey Krug, Ryan Spooner miss practice

Ty Anderson
December 06, 2017 - 1:29 pm

The Bruins rolled through Wednesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena without two of their biggest power-play weapons, as both defenseman Torey Krug and forward Ryan Spooner could not be found on the ice for the hour-long session.

“Krug’s a maintenance day, and Spooner [is] lower-body that we’re looking at [and] reevaluating,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the skate in Brighton. “[Spooner]’s been fighting through, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

With the other pairings remaining intact (Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy on pairing one and Matt Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller on pairing three), it was Paul Postma that saw time in Krug’s spot on Wednesday, skating to the left of Brandon Carlo. 

Second among B’s defenders in points this year (his 14 put him just one behind Charlie McAvoy for the team lead), Krug missed three games late last month with an upper-body injury, but is expected to be able to play against the Coyotes tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Spooner, meanwhile, appears to have suffered an injury similar to the groin issue that put him on the shelf for 14 games earlier this season.

“It’s similar,” Cassidy admitted when asked if the injuries are related. “So, at the end of the day, we chose to keep him off. We’ll see how he is [tomorrow] and go from there.”

Skating mainly on the wing, Spooner has been a worthwhile contributor since his return, with one goal and two helpers, along with five shots on goal, in five games.

If Spooner is unable to go, either Frank Vatrano or Jake DeBrusk figures to slot in on the left side of David Krejci’s line. Vatrano has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, while DeBrusk has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury.

The belief is that a healthy DeBrusk, who participated in Wednesday’s skate and skated on the Krejci line, will get the nod over Vatrano. But both DeBrusk and the Bruins will have a better picture as to his availability after tomorrow’s morning skate.

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