OTTAWA – If one is looking for shreds of encouraging evidence on the injury front for the Bruins, there was some on Saturday prior to puck drop for Game 2 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
David Krejci and Colin Miller are both out of the lineup, but one of the players laid up back in Boston is making some progress. Brandon Carlo will have missed the first two games with an upper body injury, suspected to be a concussion, after getting driven into the corner in the regular season finale on a play where his head was driven into the glass above the boards.
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Bruce Cassidy said that the 20-year-old rookie was making progress back in Boston, while it doesn’t sound quite as encouraging for Krug, who was last seen hobbling out of TD Garden on crutches with a right knee brace in the second-to-last regular-season game vs. the Senators.
“They’re progressing. When we get back to Boston we’ll have a better idea, but I’d say that Carlo’s progress is coming. Torey is still day-to-day. Different injuries, obviously,” said Cassidy. “With Brandon we’re hopeful he’ll be in sooner than later. With Torey, we can’t really speculate on him.”
Clearly, there is some doubt as to whether Krug will even be able to play at all in the first-round series given all of the factors involved and coupled with Cassidy’s words prior to Game 2. The B’s bench boss also added that he’s hopeful Noel Acciari will be ready to play on Monday night in Game 3 after practicing in the past couple of days with the Bruins while wearing a no-contact jersey on Friday afternoon.