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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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Ritchie out with infection, Bruins call up Cehlarik again

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Ritchie out with infection, Bruins call up Cehlarik again

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins will be down another forward for their game Saturday night with the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden as Brett Ritchie (infection) is out following a problem with a cut that didn’t heal properly.

It’s a similar situation to Joakim Nordstrom, who hasn't played since the win over the St. Louis Blues a week ago and will be out at least three more games with an infection. Ritchie has been playing pretty well the past few weeks but with him down, the Bruins have called up Peter Cehlarik to play on the third-line right wing with Anders Bjork and Charlie Coyle.t

Cehlarik played one game this season, the victory over the Rangers on Oct. 27, when he took an offensive zone penalty, was a minus-2 and had zero shots on net in 12 plus minutes of ice time, and it was clear afterward that Bruce Cassidy hadn’t been all that impressed. So, Cehlarik is obviously hoping to have a better effort this time out after putting up six goals and 10 points in seven games with Providence of the AHL. 

“I just recognize where I’m at and trying to work on my game every day. Yesterday is passed, so I’m just looking forward today and getting better,” said Cehlarik. “Being more experienced, making better decisions with and without the puck, having a good stick on the fore-check and being heavy on the fore-check.”

The Bruins will also swap out bottom-pairing defenseman as Steve Kampfer subs in for Connor Clifton as Matt Grzelcyk’s defense partner.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on the optional morning skate at on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Heinen

Bjork-Coyle-Cehlarik

Wagner-Kuraly-Backes

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Kampfer

 

Rask

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Ritchie missing from Bruins practice, hopes to play vs. Senators

Ritchie missing from Bruins practice, hopes to play vs. Senators

Brett Ritchie was missing from the Bruins practice ice on Friday amid “some level of concern” that he might not be able to play on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Ritchie has been playing better as of late while providing some secondary scoring and physical thump befitting his power forward size and strength, and had his first donnybrook in a Bruins uniform on Tuesday night when he threw punches with the Sharks' Barclay Goodrow.

Bruce Cassidy termed Ritchie’s absence a “maintenance day”, but the Bruins had a full day off on Wednesday and three days in between games ahead of Saturday’s tilt with the Senators that kicks off a stretch of three games in four days.

“He was out. He had a maintenance day so we were a little shorthanded [at forward],” said Cassidy. “As far as we know [he’ll play]. We’ll have a better update tomorrow, but he wasn’t out there today so there’s obviously some level of concern.”

Defenseman Connor Clifton took his spot at practice Friday at Warrior Arena, but one would suspect there will be a call-up from Providence for Saturday’s game if it’s decided that Ritchie can’t go. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Ritchie has two goals and three points in 11 games for the Black and Gold, but has definitely seen his play pick up the past couple of weeks as the Bruins’ need for secondary scoring was present.

Tuukka Rask is set to get the start for the Bruins against the Sens after also starting on Tuesday night vs. the Sharks, and will have started four of the past five games as he starts to get a run going between the pipes.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice with Clifton dressed as a winger for his post-Halloween costume:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Heinen

Bjork-Coyle-Clifton

Wagner-Kuraly-Backes

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Kampfer

 

Rask

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