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McAvoy and likely Rask out Tuesday vs. Red Wings

McAvoy and likely Rask out Tuesday vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – Charlie McAvoy wasn’t practicing on Monday morning at TD Garden, but he was present for Bruins team picture day ahead of the skating session in their home barn. McAvoy was wearing a left knee brace and shower slippers as he walked onto the ice and took his position for the photo with his teammates, and continues to look as if he'll be out for at least for the short term.

The 20-year-old rookie has been ruled out for the game Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. He’s being evaluated on Monday in order to, in the words of Bruce Cassidy, see “how extensive [McAvoy’s] injury will be.” McAvoy was injured on the first shift of the B's Saturday victory over the Montreal Canadiens in what appeared to be a non-contact injury with his left leg. Within minutes, the Bruins had ruled the young D-man out from returning to the game.

That’s normally not a good sign, but the Bruins are clearly hoping for the best.

“There’s nothing new to report,” said Cassidy. “He’ll be evaluated [Monday] afternoon. He will not play tomorrow [vs. Detroit] and we’ll go from there.

“You don’t want to go through your whole lineup and start losing good players every night, but teams go through certain stretches [with injuries] and we’re no different right now with [Patrice] Bergeron and McAvoy. If Tuukka [Rask, who also missed practice Monday] is extended, then that’s three important positions and three key guys. But we feel like we have the depth as long as we get [those injured players] back in a reasonable amount of time. On the back end with Charlie, this is new. We missed him for a block earlier this year and we survived it. But we’ll see what happens going forward with him and how extensive his injury will be. Until we know that, it’s hard to get anxious. But we also know that we have [Matt] Grzelcyk and [Adam] McQuaid that sat out last game, and are very capable defensemen.”

Meanwhile, on the ice at practice, Brandon Carlo had stepped up to fill in for the injured McAvoy alongside Zdeno Chara and reunite last season’s shutdown tandem that had enjoyed so much success together. Rask's lower-body injury was termed “very minor” by Cassidy before he missed the Montreal game and it’s looking as if Boston’s top goaltender will again be sitting Tuesday against Detroit.

So, for those scoring at home, the Bruins will be without Patrice Bergeron, McAvoy and likely Rask as well when they suit up against a Red Wings team that’s played them very tightly this season. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on practice Monday:

 
Marchand-Nash-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash

Heinen-Backes-Gionta

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari/Wingels

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-Miller

Holden/Grzelcyk-McQuaid

 
Khudobin
 

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Bruins recall Peter Cehlarik, assign Trent Frederic to Providence

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Bruins recall Peter Cehlarik, assign Trent Frederic to Providence

Ahead of the 2019 NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins are continuing to make moves. Shortly after trading for Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild, the team made an internal move. On Thursday, the Bruins recalled winger Peter Cehlarik from the Providence Bruins while sending Trent Frederic down to Providence.

The move was somewhat odd, as Cehlarik had been sent down to Providence the previous night. However, the team needed to make roster space for Coyle to make the trade official, but they also couldn't operate without their third-line center, Frederic. That may explain why they sent Cehlarik down just to call him back up after the game against the Vegas Golden Knights. They just needed to hang onto Frederic for one more outing.

Cehlarik, 23, has split time between Providence and Boston over the course of the past few seasons. This year, he has skated in 13 games while logging six points (four goals, two assists). Before being sent down, he had been with the team since his season debut on Jan. 16 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Frederic, 20, made his NHL debut on Jan. 29 when he notably got into a fight with Winnipeg's Brandon Tanev. Frederic ended up playing in 11 games for the Bruins but failed to log a single point while averaging less than 10 minutes on ice per game.

This decision should further solidify the notion that the recently acquired Coyle will be the team's third-line center. Coyle, 26, has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 60 games this season.

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How good are the Bruins compared with their previous playoff runs?

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How good are the Bruins compared with their previous playoff runs?

The Bruins have been on quite a tear lately, winning seven straight games, and nine of their last ten.

The B's overcame David Pastrnak's missed time due to his injured thumb, and have battled their way up to second place in the Atlantic Division, behind the first place Tampa Bay Lightning.

If the postseason began today, the Bruins would open the Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to ESPN.

Boston recently traded for former Minnesota Wild forward and Boston native Charlie Coyle, and many fans are hoping for additional help before the trade deadline.

But how does this Bruins team's performance compare with prior B's playoff runs?

The Bruins are currently 36-17. At this time last year, the Bruins were 37-13 according to historical sports data site ShrpSports, and got to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they lost to Tampa 4-1.

Both of these performances are better than where the team was at this point in 2017, when the team was 30-24, and ended up falling to the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

To go back to the last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, in 2011, the team was 34-19.

Former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas had a career year that season, with a save percentage of 93.8 on the season, via hockey-reference.com. This season Bruins goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask have save percentages of 92.4 and 91.8 respectively.

The biggest obstacle for the Bruins' playoff aspirations this season is not necessarily statistical—it's a team. The Eastern Conference once again runs through Tampa, who are 11 wins in front of the second place Bruins.

If the Bruins hope to advance further in the playoffs this year, regardless of stat lines, they will need to find their way past Tampa, which is a tall order for any team.

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