McAvoy, Krug don't skate, will be out again Sunday

McAvoy, Krug don't skate, will be out again Sunday

BRIGHTON, Mass. — Once again, both Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug were absent from Saturday’s Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena. That would suggest both defensemen’s injuries could keep them out for a bit.

Krug is currently on injured reserve with an upper body injury, and isn’t expected back until after next week’s game against New Jersey at the earliest, so his absence wasn’t a surprise. But McAvoy's absence with an upper body injury rules him out for Sunday night’s rematch against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. It also calls into question how long he'll be out. Both defensemen got walloped in a costly pre-Christmas win over the Washington Capitals.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that neither player was in the concussion protocol, and are both “day-to-day” right now.

“They were both in here today. They’re feeling better, but didn’t skate obviously so they won’t play [Sunday]. That’s not anything we didn’t expect. When we said day-to-day that probably meant a couple of games,” said Cassidy. “My guess is next week we’ll have a better idea once they’re on the ice. They both may skate [Sunday] or Monday at least get out there and see how they progress.”

In better news, forward Karson Kuhlman is back skating with no limitations at practice. He's coming back from a fractured right tibia, but hasn't been cleared to play in any games as of yet. Cassidy indicated both Kuhlman and Anton Blidh could both head to Providence once they're healthy enough to play, due to their lack of NHL experience.

That meant it was business as usual for the rest of the B’s. It's looking like David Backes might draw back in against the Sabres on Sunday night. Tuukka Rask will get the start in net against the Buffalo in the home-and-home match-up.

Here were the lines from Saturday's skate:









Bruins-Hurricanes simulation: Canes beat B's 1-0 on flukey goal

Bruins-Hurricanes simulation: Canes beat B's 1-0 on flukey goal

The NHL season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Bruins again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Bruins action, we'll be using the EA Sports NHL 20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action.

Previous Simulations:

The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena, here's how our simulation of that game went.

The B's fell to the Canes 1-0 on a flukey third-period goal that slipped by Tuukka Rask. 

Here are the game stats:

Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats

Anton Forsberg, Tuukka Rask and Andrei Svechnikov were the three stars of the game. The Hurricanes led in shots with 25 and they also had three power-play opportunities that they squandered. The Bruins seemed to have passed too much in the offensive zone and didn't take enough shots on goal in the loss when comparing the shots to their time on attack.  

Bruins Individual Stats

Charlie McAvoy led all B's skaters in ice time with 23:42 while David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had three shots on goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 25 shots in the loss, but the defense didn't help them out too much.

Hurricanes Individual Stats

Jaccob Slavin led all Hurricanes skaters in ice time with 24:11 and Martin Necas led in shots with four. Anton Forsberg stopped all 17 shots faced and the Hurricanes sneak by with a flukey goal from Andrei Svechnikov.

FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 1, Bruins 0

Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 47-16-14 (107 points)

*NOTE: We did not include Boston's games against the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs or Florida Panthers in the simulation, therefore the simulated record isn't 100 percent accurate*

Next Simulation: vs. St. Louis Blues on Thursday

Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Blues simulation which is set to drop on Thursday.

We aren't the only ones enjoying sports video games to pass the time and get their competitive fix. Even the B's Anton Blidh is enjoying his time off with a little virtual sports action.

Phil Esposito set impressive Bruins goal scoring record on this day in 1971

Phil Esposito set impressive Bruins goal scoring record on this day in 1971

March 31 is a special day in the history books of the Boston Bruins franchise.

Hall of Fame forward Phil Esposito scored his 70th goal (an NHL record at the time) of the 1970-71 season on this day, becoming the first Bruins player to hit that goal-scoring milestone.

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Esposito's 76 goals in the 1970-71 season still stand as a Bruins record for a single campaign.

Bruins right winger David Pastrnak was making a run at 60 goals earlier this season. The 23-year-old star currently sits at 48 goals with the season suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Pastrnak is tied for the league lead with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.

If the 2019-20 season doesn't resume or the league decides to go straight to the Stanley Cup Playoffs upon returning, Pastrnak would be the first Bruins player to win or share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer since Esposito in 1974-75.