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Jake DeBrusk (lower body) looks like he's going to miss a couple more games

Jake DeBrusk (lower body) looks like he's going to miss a couple more games

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins will be without left winger Jake DeBrusk for at least a couple more games after suffering a lower body injury in the loss to the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week.

DeBrusk complained of an issue the morning following that Tuesday loss and didn’t make the trip to Detroit earlier this week, and is expected to miss both Sunday night’s game vs. the Flyers and Tuesday night’s home date against the Florida Panthers as well.

With DeBrusk’s offensive pop out of the lineup and off the second line, the Bruins have been forced to reshuffle the deck a bit with their forwards and slide Charlie Coyle over from third line center to second line right wing with David Krejci.

“It’s a lower body injury. He was evaluated and my guess is that he’s probably looking more at the weekend [against Toronto] than Tuesday [for a return],” said Cassidy of DeBrusk, who was the next leading scorer at 27 goals scored last season behind the big three of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. “We’ll have a better idea when we get to those practices Wednesday or Thursday.”

It’s too bad as DeBrusk appeared to be starting to heat up offensively and had scored goals in two straight games before going scoreless in 17:07 of ice time in the loss to Montreal.

In other Bruins health updates:

*David Backes (upper body) was once again present at the Bruins practice facility on Sunday “and feeling better”, but there is no timetable for his return. Backes has been out three games and counting.

*John Moore (shoulder surgery) skated with the Bruins on the practice ice during morning skate but is wearing a no-contact sweater and is still weeks away from a return. Kevan Miller was given a day off the ice on Sunday, and Bruce Cassidy indicated earlier this week that his return is probably a couple of weeks away at this point.

*Brett Ritchie (upper body) wasn’t on the ice on Sunday morning, but the hope is that he’ll be on the practice ice on Monday and back in the process of working back into the lineup. Cassidy called it “a curveball” that Ritchie wasn’t able to play in Detroit on Friday, so there is some uncertainty about how quickly he’ll get back into the lineup.

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Highlights: B's snap losing skid vs. Panthers

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Highlights: B's snap losing skid vs. Panthers

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Panthers 2

IN BRIEF: Oh not, not this again? After the Bruins’ epic third-period collapse in their last meeting with Florida, they nearly repeated themselves after going up 3-0 after two periods. Keith Yandle’s goal with 11 minutes left made it 3-2, Boston fought off the Panthers long enough for David Pastrnak to get an empty-netter that sealed it. And so, after coach Bruce Cassidy called out their attention to details earlier in the week, the Bruins snapped their losing skid with a solid all-around effort.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 21-7-6 (48 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

DEBRUSK’S 100TH CAREER POINT IS A BEAUTY

KREJCI MAKES IT 2-0

PERFECTION LINE MAKES IT LOOK EASY

UP NEXT:

vs. Los Angeles, Tuesday, 7 p.m., NESN

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Could Devils send a player—not Hall—to B's?

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Could Devils send a player—not Hall—to B's?

Former No. 1 overall pick and Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall is reportedly on the trading block in New Jersey. The Bruins are looking like a potential suitor, as are the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. So too have the Arizona Coyotes, who could be a favorite in the sweepstakes.

But as far as Boston is concerned, Matt Kalman of WEEI says to pump the brakes:

"However, that doesn’t mean the Bruins should jump to the front of the line to get him. There are going to be several serious bidders, most in more desperate need of his services than the Bruins, and it is going to cost a mint -- think the haul Ottawa got from Vegas for Mark Stone last season -- to acquire Hall. And unlike Stone, there are no indications Hall is going to sign anywhere after a trade."

If there's anyone on the Devils the Bruins ought to be targeting, Kalman throws out the idea of Kyle Palmieri, who could fit nicely on the wing:

If Sweeney’s going to look for a player with term like last season’s Charlie Coyle trade, (Kyle) Palmieri comes into focus. A 27-goal scorer last season, Palmieir’s cap hit is just $4.65 million for this season and next. Again, the price would be steep but it might be worth it to finally solve this wing problem. 

Palmieri has 11-8-19 totals in 31 games this season, with a plus-2 and an average ice time of 17 minutes. Nearly half his points have come on the power play (5-4-9). 

It's worth noting Hall is out of the lineup again Saturday night, suggesting he might be getting dealt soon.

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