BOSTON – It certainly looks like the Brad Marchand injury is worse than the Bruins had originally hoped.
The B’s leading scorer, out with an upper-body injury, will not be leaving with the team on Tuesday afternoon for a two-game road trip through New York and Toronto for Eastern Conference showdowns with the Rangers and Maple Leafs.
Marchand appeared to take a high hit from Tom Wilson that stunned him early in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals, and then also absorbed a low hit from John Carlson that spurred him to snap his stick over the dasher when he returned to the bench.
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“Marchand won’t be traveling with us,” said Cassidy, following the Bruins impressive 5-3 home win over the Minnesota Wild without Marchand on Monday night. “So that’s the best [information] I have.”
Marchand could theoretically meet the team in Toronto if he was feeling up to playing on Friday night against the Leafs, but it certainly feels like the Nose Face Killah is going to end up missing at least three games with the bumps and bruises accumulated over the last couple of contests.
Anders Bjork did a pretty good job filling in with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak against the Wild, and the Bruins know they’ll have to keep filling in and stepping up with Marchand, David Krejci, David Backes, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid, Noel Acciari and Anton Khudobin all out of commission.
“We prepare for the games. It just happens that we are missing some guys. But we can’t be feeling sorry for ourselves,” said Zdeno Chara. “We accepted a few days ago that everything is going to be battling, or facing some kind of challenge with injuries, missing players. I think it’s a great chance for our players to step up, and they did.”
Players up and down Boston’s lineup will need to keep stepping up with the news that Marchand is likely to miss at least one more game, and perhaps more, as the Bruins battle to stay above water in the Atlantic Division.
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