The Bruins might be off for the next nine days, but they’ll have to spend most of their bye week waiting on pins and needles in regards to the status of Tuukka Rask, who exited Saturday’s loss against the Rangers with a concussion after colliding with Filip Chytil in the crease. There’s plenty to dissect following Rask’s exit, so here are four thoughts on Rask’s injury and where the Bruins go from here.
1. There’s no timetable for Rask’s return
Given the fact that the Bruins will be off for the next nine days, we most likely won’t receive any official update on Rask’s status until at least Monday, Jan. 28 — Boston’s next scheduled practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
From the initial eye test, it certainly didn’t look good for Rask — who not only took most of Chytil’s body to the head on his rush toward the crease, but also knocked the back of his head up against his net and on the ice.
While he was eventually helped back on his skates, Rask needed to be supported by both Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak in order to get back on the bench and down the tunnel — with the netminder obviously in rough shape after suffering a severe brain injury.