This has been an up-and-down season for the Boston Bruins. While they are much in the playoff hunt in the East Division, it hasn’t been an easy road. They have overcome some major obstacles. Whether it is injuries throughout the lineup or game postponements, the Bruins have no luck this season. It hasn’t been some minor names that have gotten hurt either. It has been injuries to some key pieces to their lineup, especially on the blueline.
There have been some shining points on the season so far. Charlie McAvoy has proved to be the number one defenseman and the first line continues to produce. It hasn’t been easy knowing the Bruins have no luck this season. They can’t stay healthy and neither can the teams they play this season. This team can’t catch a break to play a game with their full team against the league’s best.
Defense Can’t Stay Healthy
One of the biggest concerns heading into this season was the defense for Boston. The departures of Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara left a gap in the potential of the blueline. The Bruins have proved this year that their defense can hold their own against some great hockey clubs. That can only happen if they can remain healthy.
When the season started, the six defensemen that got the nod were McAvoy, Grzelcyk, Miller, Zboril, Carlo, and Lauzon. As of right now, only three of those defensemen have remained in the lineup healthy. Those three are McAvoy, Zboril, and Grzelcyk. Miller has been out for weeks but is close to returning to practice on his own. Lauzon has a fractured wrist that he suffered during the game at Lake Tahoe against Philadelphia. Carlo has been out for a few weeks after getting concussed on a hit from Tom Wilson, but that isn’t all.
An underrated player on the blue line is Jared Tinordi. He was claimed off waivers from Nashville earlier this season and has been fantastic on the bottom pairing. Tinordi took a major hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Brandon Tanev and now he is out too. They are really going down the scouting report to get some answers to a banged-up defense. As a fan, this defense needs some help for a long playoff run. The Bruins have no luck and need his presence for one more go at the Cup.
Brandon Tanev given a major penalty and a game misconduct for this hit on Jarred Tinordi. Penalty upheld after review. Tanev livid with the call. pic.twitter.com/XwWUg51mHu
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 17, 2021
This season has been surrounded by the safety of these players, but the coronavirus has had other plans. There have been some major outbreaks throughout the league of the deadly virus. The Bruins are the latest team to fall victim to the NHL COVID Protocol list. Earlier this season, the Bruins had multiple games postponed thanks to outbreaks in Buffalo, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Now, they are having an outbreak of their own.
On Thursday afternoon, Sean Kuraly was added to the protocol list. That put the game in question that night against Buffalo. The league decided to play the game either way and it looks like it may have backfired. After the game, the next day, four more players have entered the protocols.
NHL COVID-Protocol Related Absences List – March 19
+ ADDED: F, Jake DeBrusk; F, David Krejci; F, David Pastrnak, F, Craig Smith (BOS); F, William Karlsson (VGK)
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) March 19, 2021
These are some big-time names. How come nothing good happens when you play the fucking Buffalo Sabres? The only positives in Buffalo this season are their test results. They can’t beat you on the ice, so they will beat you in a different way. The Bruins are not allowed to open their facility until as early as Wednesday, but we will not know for a few days. After all, this is said and done, the Bruins will have to play a lot of games in a small amount of time.
I feel bad for my man the Bruins Luchador. He was supposed to be in attendance for the first home game with fans this year on Tuesday, but that is now out the window as that game, along with the game today, has been postponed, but that isn’t the worst part. We were supposed to kick Buffalo’s ass again, but that will have to wait.