Even during stretches in which he’s had to plug new faces into a dinged-up D corps, Bruce Cassidy has enjoyed the luxury of having two regulars that can chew up a ton of clock in Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo.
With stalwarts such as Charlie McAvoy (upper-body) and Kevan Miller (hand) still sidelined, Chara and Carlo have averaged 22:51 and 21:07 in time on ice, respectively this season — including three games over the past two weeks in which the duo averaged over 25 minutes on the ice.
But Cassidy tries to keep things in perspective. Sure, Chara continues to pace the B’s in shifts — but Boston can’t rely on those reps every night, especially during a stretch of four games over six days.
The B’s will need other defensemen to step up to shoulder some of the taxing minutes placed upon Chara and Carlo. So far, John Moore has been up to the task.