The Maple Leafs are going to be shorthanded going into a pair of anticipated bouts with the Bruins on Saturday and Tuesday — as top-six pivot John Tavares will miss at least the next two weeks due to a broken finger.
It’s a tough hit for a Toronto club looking to snatch some valuable points in the standings away from a divisional foe, but Bruce Cassidy’s club is also feeling the sting from the injury bug going into Saturday night.
Already pressing for secondary scoring after David Krejci was held out of Thursday’s shootout loss to the Lightning due to an upper-body injury, the B’s received more bad news on Friday morning — as Boston could be without three starters when it heads up north of the border.
Cassidy noted following Friday’s practice that both Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom will not travel with the team up to Toronto, with the latter suffering an upper-body injury during the later stages of Thursday’s loss.
In addition, Patrice Bergeron’s status is a bit up in the air, as he’s dealing with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot from Victor Hedman while out on a PK shift Thursday. Boston’s top-line pivot will travel with the team and has not been ruled out yet — but for a club that has received 14 of its 19 goals scored this year from its top forward trio of 63-37-88, any potential limitations for Bergeron stands as a major cause for concern.
Even if Bergeron does get the green light, it seems apparent that a roster move will have to be made.
“We weren’t sure on Krech, it turned out to be worse than we thought,” Cassidy said. “Nordy was an injury late and we found out this morning. So there’s a little bit of a discussion this morning, as opposed to last night with making a (roster) decision. We want to make sure we’re making the right one.”
So where exactly do the Bruins go from here?