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Torey Krug out at least 3 weeks after taking puck to face

Ty Anderson
September 21, 2017 - 11:31 am

The Bruins were dealt their first loss of the preseason Thursday morning, as the team confirmed that they will be without defenseman Torey Krug for at least three weeks.

Knocked out of the game when he was smacked in the jaw with a puck in the second period of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings, Krug is currently suffering from a non-displaced fracture, and will be re-evaluated at the end of that three-week absence.

It’s a definite blow to a B’s defense corps that’s short on left-shot defenders, with Zdeno Chara now skating as their only left shot with significant NHL experience, and even worse when you consider what Krug meant to the Black and Gold a season ago, with a career-best 43 assists and 51 points (25 of which came on the power play) in 81 games.

With Krug expected to be out of action for at least a week of the regular season, the NHL Opening Night odds have increased for local puckmover and former B.U. Terriers d-man Matt Grzelcyk, who skated in two NHL games a season ago, with zero points and four shots on goal.

The 5-foot-10 Charlestown native scored six goals and totaled 32 points along with a plus-13 rating in his 70-game rookie season with the P-Bruins last season, and later added three assists in 17 Calder Cup Playoff games.

Other names that can get NHL looks as a result of Krug’s injury include the steady Robbie O’Gara, Jeremy Lauzon, and 2015 first-round pick Jakub Zboril.

In less severe injury news, forwards Matt Beleskey (foot contusion) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (upper-body) are considered day-to-day. Beleskey was injured in Monday's preseson opener after taking a puck to the foot, while Forsbacka Karlsson was hurt on an ugly-looking collision into the boards in the second period on Tuesday.

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