How will Bruins make up for Matt Grzelcyk in Game 3 lineup?
To the surprise of no one, Matt Grzelcyk has a concussion. To the surprise of perhaps some, that's a legitimate problem for a team that had gotten some really good games out of their No. 5 defenseman. Here are some thoughts on the guys who could replace him in the lineup.
JOHN MOORE TIME?
It's not a great sign that the Bruins' biggest free agent signing has been an afterthought this postseason after signing a five-year deal worth $2.75 million a year.
He's missed 14 games this postseason between injury and healthy scratches, with Game 4 against the Hurricanes serving as the only game he's played since the first round.
WHAT DOES HE DO AGAIN?
Moore's a left shot, which works in his favor if he's trying to draw in for Grzelcyk, also a lefty. A strong skater, Moore kills penalties but hasn't gotten a ton of time on the power play in his first year in Boston. He finished sixth among defensemen in time on ice per game this regular season (18:46) and has averaged 12:52 in his five playoff games.
Moore's offensive contributions were pretty good in his final two years in New Jersey (12 goals in 2016-17 and seven in 2017-18), though he only has one season with 20 points in his nine-year career (22 two years ago).
WHAT ABOUT KAMPFER?
Steven Kampfer has only played in two games this postseason, though he did score a goal in Game 1 of the Hurricanes series, when a suspended Charlie McAvoy was out of the lineup.
The former-turned-current Bruin has played essentially as much per night as Moore (13:01). The righty killed penalties in the lone game he played in the Toronto series and got 1:15 of power play time in his lone game against Carolina.
Kampfer, who was on the 2010-11 team, got absolutely screwed out of getting his name on the Stanley Cup. Players on championship teams automatically get their names engraved if they play 41 regular-season games for the team or appear in one Stanley Cup Final contest. If players don't meet that criteria, teams can choose to put their names on anyway (a la Marc Savard).
Kampfer, then a rookie, played in 38 regular-season games and didn't appear in the Final. In a confusing injustice, the Bruins did not have his name engraved. Now back with the B's, Kampfer (who played 35 games this regular season), would finally earn himself that eligibility if he were to draw into the lineup.