December 10, 2013

Injuries continue to pile up for Bruins

By Jesse Connolly


Dougie Hamilton will miss 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury. (Getty Images)
 

Since the start of their game against the Canadiens on Thursday night, the already-banged-up Bruins have suffered a rash of injuries. It's reached such a level of ridiculousness that it's almost impossible to keep track of all of their ailments, and how long they're projected to be sidelined for. Here's a rundown that'll hopefully prove helpful: 

FORWARDS

Loui Eriksson (concussion, IR) - The Swedish winger was placed on injured reserve this afternoon, stemming from the concussion he suffered on a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Saturday. Eriksson sustained a concussion in an October game against the Sabres on a hit from John Scott, meaning this is his second time suffering a head injury in a little more than six weeks. He's out indefinitely.

Chris Kelly (fractured fibula, LTIR) - During Saturday's game against Pittsburgh, Kelly suffered a fractured fibula, which stemmed from a second-period slash by Pens winger Pascal Dupuis. Kelly broke his left tibia against Ottawa in March, making this the second significant leg injury he's suffered in the last nine months. He's expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Dan Paille (upper body, day-to-day) - Paille's been ruled out for tonight's game, as Claude Julien announced the Merlot Line's left winger is nursing an upper-body injury. The coach said there's no timetable for his return.

Shawn Thornton (pending suspension) - Thornton remains out of Boston's lineup and will miss his second game since being given a match penalty for his actions against Brooks Orpik Saturday. Thornton's hearing with the league's Department of Player Safety is expected to happen Friday. If given a 10-game suspension, Thornton would be eligible to return Dec. 31 against the Islanders.

DEFENSEMEN

Johnny Boychuk (back) - Boychuk left the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after being boarded by Habs winger Max Pacioretty (New Canaan, Conn.) Thursday. He was fortunate to have been ruled out for the next 3-7 days (at the time) with a back strain. Boychuk's back for Boston tonight and will be in the lineup against Calgary. It's been five days since his scary injury.

Dougie Hamilton (lower body) - Hamilton took a hard hit along the neutral zone boards from Carl  Gunnarsson on Sunday against Toronto and left the contest early. He's been diagnosed with an ever-so-vague lower-body injury and will miss 2-4 weeks.

Adam McQuaid (lower body, IR) - McQuaid might've come back a bit too soon after suffering a lower-body (groin?) injury against the Leafs in early November. He was placed back on the shelf on Nov. 30 after returning for three games, which was preceded by an 18-day absence from Boston's lineup. He remains on injured reserve. 

REPLACEMENTS

Jordan Caron - No. 38 skated on the fourth line with Paille and Greg Campbell Sunday, putting a season-high five shots on net. He's expected to be in the same spot this evening.

Matt Fraser - The P-Bruins' leading goal-scorer had a quiet five minutes of ice time in his Bruins debut Sunday. He's expected to remain as the right winger on the third line.

Nick Johnson - The surprise standout during the preseason will make his debut for the Black and Gold tonight as an emergency recall stemming from Paille's injury. Johnson, a veteran of 104 NHL games and a Dartmouth alum, had 11 goals through 23 games for the P-Bruins.

Kevan Miller - Miller will be remain in the lineup thanks to Hamilton's injury. No. 86 scored his first NHL goal in the second period Sunday against Toronto. The former UVM standout is reportedly no worse for wear after being boarded by Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf in the waning minutes of the third period two nights ago.

Ryan Spooner - Providence's leading point-getter centered the third line Sunday. He and Fraser were plus-1 but didn't see a lot of action. Spooner struggled on faceoffs.

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