It might be a new year, but the injury woes that plagued the Bruins in 2018 don’t seem to be subsiding any time soon.
Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom is now the latest casualty, with the Bruins announcing the versatile Swede suffered a non-displaced fibula fracture during Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Blackhawks at the Winter Classic. He is set to be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Despite the diagnosis, Nordstrom managed to play for the entirety of Tuesday’s outdoor showcase at Notre Dame Stadium, logging 20 shifts and 13:14 of TOI. He even was out on Boston’s final shift of the game following Brad Marchand’s empty-net goal.
No early exit for Joakim Nordstrom during the Winter Classic — he finished with 20 shifts and 13:14 TOI.
He was even out on the ice for the final seconds of the game. pic.twitter.com/yq8Uy7ujjj
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 3, 2019
“Third period — he blocked a shot, I believe,” Bruce Cassidy said of the timing of Nordstrom’s injury. "It was the middle of the ice, went low to high and he kind of went halfway down. …. I just remember he was out above the top of the circles in the middle of the ice at that end. Because he played through it.”
With Nordstrom out and David Backes still serving his suspension, Ryan Donato will slot back into the lineup for Thursday’s game against Calgary, skating on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. The fourth line of Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner will be reunited as well, while Colby Cave will center the third line with Danton Heinen and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.
Along with some lineup shuffling up front, the Bruins will once again be without Charlie McAvoy on Thursday and for the rest of the weekend, with the defenseman still sidelined due to a lower-body injury. He has not played since Dec. 23 against Carolina.
“He’s coming along. Back working out, should start skating soon,” Cassidy said. “Won’t play tonight, unlikely for Saturday. But trending for next week, whether that’s Tuesday or Thursday.”