A Bruins roster already laboring up front when it comes to scoring at even-strength play seemed to be bracing itself for another major setback following Monday's 1-0 loss to the Islanders — as defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had to exit the game midway through the third period due to injury.
The 27-year-old blueliner appeared to injure his arm/shoulder after getting tied up with Jordan Eberle, prompting Boston's already young D corps — especially on the left side — to move forward without one of their top puck carriers.
And yet, despite how concerning the optics looked on Monday down on Long Island, Grzelcyk was back on the ice as a regular participant during Wednesday's skate at TD Garden, with Bruce Cassidy noting that current odds were "trending very well" for the defenseman to be back in the lineup for Thursday's home opener against the Flyers.
"I think it could have been a lot worse," Grzelcyk said following practice. "Just kind of a little nick from something I've had in the past. But feeling good right now and wanted to test it before practice, but feeling pretty close to 100 percent."
Losing Grzelcyk for an extended stretch would have been a devastating blow for Boston's D corps, especially given