Last night's 7-4 loss against the Blue Jackets was the fourth straight game that Bruins left wingers Jake DeBrusk and Marcus Johansson have missed.
DeBrusk blocked a shot off his left foot in last Tuesday's win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The 22-year-old had a tough time during practice the next day, and was wearing a walking boot afterward; DeBrusk then didn't attend the optional morning skate the next morning.
“I don’t believe it’s anything major,” coach Bruce Cassidy said on Thursday about DeBrusk's injury. “It may be a couple days. He might be ready Saturday, it might be a week. I don’t think it’s anything noteworthy that’ll keep him out an extended period of time.”
Though DeBrusk wasn't able to play on the Saturday Cassidy was speaking of (3-2 win vs the Ottawa Senators), he has made solid progress since, as he skated in Boston today.
It's unclear whether or not DeBrusk will be ready to return tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets.
DeBrusk has 22 goals and 12 assists in his sophomore season so far, appearing in 57 games.
Johansson, on the other hand, has been sidelined since he left the game early against the Hurricanes after taking a big hit; tests later revealed he had suffered a lung contusion.
Here's the hit that knocked him out of the game:
In four games for the Bruins, Johansson has one assist with a plus-1.
Additional Injury Notes:
In addition to DeBrusk and Johansson, the Bruins have some other players nursing injuries. It all starts with David Pastrnak, who's missed the last 14 games with a thumb injury, although he's likely to return soon.
Kevan Miller has also missed eight straight games now with an upper-body injury, not playing since February 23; it's uncertain when he will be back.
Matt Grzelcyk did not play last night against Columbus after leaving the previous game against the Penguins following this play:
X-rays came back negative on Grzelcyk's arm, which is great news for the Bruins as they may have avoided a much more serious injury.
Grzelcyk could return to the lineup sometime on the Bruins' four-game road trip which begins on Tuesday.
Finally, as announced early this evening, Torey Krug has been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
According to Cassidy, Krug was "not feeling great" after taking a hit last night against the Blue Jackets; Krug did not practice today and will not play tomorrow against the Jets.
So there you have it. DeBrusk, Grzelcyk, Johansson, Krug, Miller, Pastrnak. All out.