BRIGHTON, Mass. – On the bright side of things, the Bruins termed defenseman Torey Krug as “day-to-day” with a lower body injury suffered in Thursday night’s shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, a night that saw Krug leave the arena hobbling on crutches and a knee brace.
On the not-so-bright side, the “day-to-day” status for Krug will probably be reserved for just about everybody as they ready for playoff mode following Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against the Washington Capitals.
Both Krug and Noel Acciari (upper body) were missing from the Warrior Ice Arena at a full Bruins team practice on Friday morning and Krug has been ruled out for Saturday vs. Washington with no determination made for his availability beyond that.
“[Krug] will be out tomorrow…that much we know,” said Bruce Cassidy. “From there it will be day-to-day with a lower body injury. [Acciari] wasn’t out there either and he’s day-to-day as well. We’re not going to be able to replace what he does. [Krug] is a special talent: Power play, first pass breakout and leads us into the transition [game]. He does all those things, so the onus will be on us to make the necessary reads on the breakout. We’re going to miss his ability to get us going on offense in a hurry.”
Cassidy said there’s a very real possibility that Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson could make his NHL debut on Saturday against Washington, and that Colin Miller could be re-entering the lineup in Krug’s absence with John-Michael Liles stepping into a possible top-four role.
Anton Khudobin will also be getting the start between the pipes vs. the Capitals with Boston still playing to secure the No. 3 or No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division playoff bracket.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for Saturday based on B’s practice with no Krug or Acciari:
C. Miller- K. Miller