As of right now, 2:02pm EST on this lovely Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins have four players out of their line-up due to injury. Some however, are making progress, while others are still at or have fallen back to, square one.
We’ll start with the first injury that plagued Boston, forward Nathan Horton. Horton suffers from a ‘mild concussion’ that he sustained by Tom Sestito of the Flyers on January 22. Horton has yet to set foot on the ice and has missed 16games so far. In the beginning Horton was expected to be back in time for the play-off run, now there is no timetable for his return.
Rich Peverley suffered a third degree MCL sprain during the most recent Montreal Canadiens match-up as he collided knee-to-knee with defenseman Hal Gill. According to Claude Julien ‘Rich Peverley remains on schedule’.(via @NHLBruins)
The first Bruin who is likely to return would be a more recent inductee to the injured list, defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk was the victim of an unsuspecting hit Saturday night from the Senators’ Chris Neil. He sustained the hit in the second period and never returned to the game, going straight to the ‘Quiet Room.’ The team is treating his injury as a concussion, as he has symptoms similar to those sustained with one. However, it would appear he is on a path to a quick and speedy recovery, already passing the stationary bike test that elevates a person’s heart levels as well as skating with the team. Boychuk still remains day-to-day with Julien awaiting the word from his medical staff for clearance. Boychuk said “he felt good, added it’d be nice to see some contact before he played, but no problems to report.”(via @NHLBruins)
Andrew Ference, another key defenseman for Boston is also listed day-to-day, battling a lower-body injury in last night’s match-up against the New Jersey Devils.
With the play-off run closing in and the Bruins missing valuable players from their line-up, we can expect to see a lot more of new guys Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon. Perhaps even a little bit of help from the Providence Bruins.