Bruins

Bruins' Chris Wagner in sling after blocking shot in Game 3

usatsi_12703775.jpg
USA TODAY Sports photo

Bruins' Chris Wagner in sling after blocking shot in Game 3

The Bruins won Game 3 by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night, but they lost Chris Wagner to injury.

Wagner, who scored the B's first goal of the night, blocked a shot off his arm in the third period before heading to the locker room.

Wagner was seen with a sling on his right arm after the game and is getting x-rays to figure out the severity of the injury. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy didn't issue an update on the 27-year-old, but indicated the news likely won't be encouraging.

Noel Acciari was cleared to play for Game 3, but was a healthy scratch. He'll likely take Wagner's spot on the fourth line assuming he misses time.

The Bruins will look to close out the series Thursday night in Carolina and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

David Krejci leaves Bruins practice early, hasn't been ruled out vs. Lightning

David Krejci leaves Bruins practice early, hasn't been ruled out vs. Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. — There’s still plenty of question whether David Krejci is going to play on Thursday night after he exited practice early on Wednesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

Krejci left Monday afternoon’s win over the Ducks in the second period with an upper body injury that limited him to just seven minutes on the ice, but he did appear at Wednesday’s practice cleared for contact while wearing a normal white practice sweater.

Krejci did leave halfway through the practice session, though, and it was Charlie Coyle centering Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie in a makeshift second line that could be what we see Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bruce Cassidy called things “day-to-day” with Krejci at this point, but didn’t rule him out from playing against Tampa.

“He’s nursing an upper body injury, so he skated half of practice. Tomorrow we’ll see how he is. We’ll rule him as day-to-day and I’m not going to rule him out [against the Lightning] and I won’t say he’s definitely in,” said Cassidy, who also added that defenseman Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) has begun skating on his own ahead of Bruins practice as well.

The 33-year-old Krejci already missed time at the beginning of the season with a lower body injury suffered during the preseason and will have already missed more games with injuries this season (two) than he did all of last year if he can’t suit up against the divisional rival Lightning. That’s a bit of a warning sign for a player in Krejci who’s had injury issues in his recent past and is an aging player coming off a heavy workload last season with the extra 24 games played during the postseason.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Wednesday’s Bruins practice:

FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk Charlie Coyle Brett Ritchie
Danton Heinen/David Backes Par Lindholm Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk/Connor Clifton Steven Kampfer

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask Jaroslav Halak

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NHL Power Rankings: Surprise starts continue across the league

NHL Power Rankings: Surprise starts continue across the league

Two weeks into the NHL's regular season, exactly one undefeated team remains: the 5-0-0 Avalanche. 

And while it's still incredibly early, there have been a number of surprise starts. The Sabres and Oilers weren't supposed to be among the best teams in the NHL this season, but both are off and running while teams like the Stars and Sharks have stumbled.

In Boston, the Bruins have won five of their first six games for the team's second-best start in the last 42 seasons, but the schedule is about to pick up with games against the Lightning, Maple Leafs (2) and Blues over the next 10 days.

So where do the B's and the rest of the league stand to this point in the season?

Click here for Joe Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings.>>>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.