The film might say otherwise, but Jake DeBrusk doesn’t feel any worse for wear going into Game 2 tonight against the Maple Leafs.
“One hundred percent,” DeBrusk said with a smile when asked about his health.
The 22-year-old winger received his fair share of bumps and bruises during Boston’s 4-1 loss to Toronto in Game 1 on Thursday — at one point leaving the contest for a bit after slamming into the end boards while trying to thwart a shorthanded breakaway for Mitch Marner.
Jake DeBrusk is not on the ice for practice today.
He said last night that he was "100 percent' after slamming into the boards while trying to stop Mitch Marner on a shorthanded breakaway. pic.twitter.com/qJa4IAkIpf
DeBrusk was also on the receiving end of a concerning hit from Nazem Kadri on Thursday, as the Leafs pivot clipped him into the glass after DeBrusk had already cleared the puck back toward the half wall. While DeBrusk downplayed any ailments he suffered postgame, he did not practice with the rest of the team on Friday — with Bruce Cassidy labeling it as a “maintenance day” for the forward.
During Saturday’s optional skate at Warrior Ice Arena, Cassidy wasn’t ready to fully commit to DeBrusk making a return later that night, but the signs are pointing to No. 74 remaining in his usual spot with David Krejci and Karson Kuhlman.