LOS ANGELES - The hits keep on coming for the Bruins on the injury front, as defenseman Torey Krug was ruled out for Thursday night's game with Los Angeles because of an upper-body injury suffered in the third period against the Ducks on Wednesday. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy termed him as day-to-day.
"Didn't respond as well as we liked today," said Cassidy. "We'll see where he is [Friday]."
Cassidy said there has not yet been a decision made on whether the Bruins will recall a defenseman from Providence with Krug sidelined.
"We had a conversation today, we'll see where Torey's at in the morning," said Cassidy. "We'll have a conversation with Torey and see if that's necessary [on Friday]."
The good news from Los Angeles was that David Krejci was slated to return to the lineup after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury. Cassidy penciled him in between Jake DeBrusk and Peter Cehlarik to start the game.
"He's a world-class centericemen, we know that. So now we have 1A, 1B in the lineup. We have to guard against expecting too much in his first game back after missing time," Cassidy said prior to puck drop in Los Angeles.
"We understand that, but it's still nice to have him. This is the first step of hopefully a healthy return to the lineup and a productive one for us."
DeBrusk Bounces Back
Following a healthy scratch against the Maple Leafs last Saturday, Jake DeBrusk returned to the lineup for Boston's loss to Anaheim and played well. The rookie winger assisted on Danton Heinen's goal and was originally credited with a helper on Noel Acciari's third-period marker, before a scoring change shifted the assist to Riley Nash (he had two assists of his own against Anaheim).
DeBrusk finished the night a plus-2 and landed four shots on goal in a tad over 15 minutes of ice time.
"I liked Jake's game, he found his legs," said Cassidy. "We've had that conversation with him - when he's skating, he's pretty effective. He got rewarded on the scoresheet, he was around the puck, affecting the play…great response for a young kid.
"We know he has character. We were just concerned, will he take it to heart and not be able to get out there and perform? Clearly he took it to heart and was able to perform. Good for us."