Add another one to the list of walking wounded!
The Bruins didn’t practice today, but Bruce Cassidy held a media availability prior to the team heading to Long Island.
At that availability, Cassidy confirmed what most of us assumed: the B’s will be a bit more shorthanded tomorrow.
Cassidy confirmed that forward Curtis Lazar and defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller will all be unavailable for Game 6.
Lazar is the latest name on the injury list, as he left last night’s game in the second period. Carlo has been out since suffering what looked like (putting it kindly) a concussion in Game 3, and Miller hasn’t played since being hit up high by Dmitry Orlov in the Washington series.
I think it’s safe to say that all of this is NOT IDEAL.
The B’s have already played a couple of games without Carlo and Miller, so I’d expect them to just roll the same pairs out there in Game 6.
However, it’s fair to say that the B’s have really felt the Carlo injury: they’ve allowed nine goals in the two games since he went out, the same number they allowed in the previous five games combined.
The Lazar injury forces a bit of a shake-up in the bottom six, as Cassidy will have at least one lineup decision to make.
He could elect to bring Trent Frederic into the mix, either as 4C or as 4LW, with Sean Kuraly shifting over to 4C.
He could also elect to bring Jake DeBrusk back into the lineup, either in place of Karson Kuhlman or in place of the slumping Nick Ritchie.
In all likelihood, however, if DeBrusk draws back in, it’d be for Kuhlman.
Who knows? It’s a mystery.
In net, Cassidy offered no real update on the status of Tuukka Rask, who was replaced by Jeremy Swayman at the start of the third period.
Cassidy kind of alluded to Rask dealing with an injury, but also seemed to say that he thought Rask would be fine to start Game 6.
It’ll likely be one of those things that gets decided after the morning skate; if Rask looks/feels off, we could see a rookie goalie get his first playoff start in an elimination game on the road.