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Bruins Faced with Challenges After Losing McAvoy

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Bruins Lose McAvoy to Injuries

Player injuries have the Bruins faced with challenges. Both McAvoy and Bergeron are not on the ice. At first, the Bruins lost Patrice Bergeron, one of their five most important players. No one knows for certain how much time Bergeron will miss due to his right foot fracture. Now, they are also missing McAvoy, who is in the team’s five-player lead group. The group consists of McAvoy, Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, and Brad Marchand. Luckily, the Bruins have the luxury of having a month plus of regular season games left.

Bruins Faced with Challenges Regarding Players

Charlie McAvoy

The rookie defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, was injured during the first period in a  game against the Montreal Canadiens. The injury resulted in McAvoy missing the rest of the game against the rivalry. He sustained an injury to his lower body, after colliding with Brendan Gallagher. Their collision occurred 37 seconds into Charlie McAvoy’s shift, at which point he then left the ice.

Coach Bruce Cassidy gave a quite vague statement after the Bruins’ overtime win against the Canadiens. Despite there not being a specific injury announced, it appears that Gallagher slashed down on top of McAvoy’s skate. Looking at the incident from another angle makes it look like Gallager’s stick made contact with McAvoy before he hit the ice.

Bruins faced with challenges

Photo by Marissa Babin

The rookie does everything on the team. He can match up alongside Chara. He’s also available to kill penalties when needed. McAvoy does everything hard, whether it’s snapping an outlet pass onto a teammate’s blade, skating the puck out of the zone, or giving the Bruins extra points during overtimes or shootouts. If the Bruins are going to lose McAvoy, now would be the best time to do so. The Bruins are already without leading goal scorer Patrice Bergeron, expected to miss at least two weeks with a fractured foot. Before the playoffs, which is the best time to have the Bruins faced with Challenges.

Cassidy’s Choices

Bruce Cassidy has options, such as Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller, Nick Holden or Adam McQuaid. None of these guys are as good as McAvoy is. Charlie McAvoy’s most critical work takes place deep in his own zone. But he affects plays 200 feet away because of how rapidly and accurately he moves the puck out of danger, whether by skating it out of harm’s way or by passing it into safer spaces.

It will be interesting to see what Cassidy does in order to compensate for the loss of the defenseman until he is approved to be back on the ice.

*UPDATE* As of Monday, the Boston Bruins Rookie is out for at least four weeks with an MCL sprain.