At the beginning of this year, many Boston fans were excited to watch the Bruins, and rightfully so. They still had their main core and some good young kids to help with the scoring issue. Fans ready to see Bjork, Debrusk, and Mcavoy turn pro and help the veterans like Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, and Pastrnak.
Well, it started off looking good, except Bergeron was hurt for a few games, but even without him, the team looked like it could survive. Then came the great news that he was returning to the lineup. The announcement had every fan ready for this season to officially start, but there was more bad news on the injury front: David Backes is out for 8 weeks because he had to have colon surgery due to a disease he got early in the year, and Ryan Spooner who was starting to turn it all around, got hurt and is out for a decent stretch, too. So it’s been one step forward and two steps for this team.
Their most important guy got back on the ice, and in his first game back, put up three points. They needed Bergeron back, and it showed in this game. But during this game, Boston lost Noel Acciari, one of their most important penalty killers. This wasn’t too big of a hit, but the injuries have started to add up.
This team just can’t seem to stay healthy because then Adam McQuaid breaks his leg and is out for eight weeks. He is a huge part of the toughness of the team and was a solid defender next to Krug.
Then David Krejci goes down with an injury and this team literally looks like an AHL team now. The Bruins are calling up Austin Czarnik to play, and sure, he’s a decent player but he needs some more time to develop in the AHL. There are players like Kuraly, Czarnik, Heinen, Szwarz, and O’Gara in the game. Just the other night, the second line center was Jordan Szwarz, who hasn’t played in the NHL in a long time. Then there was some good news going into Toronto that Noel Acciari was going to be active and that he would be playing. The only bad thing was that Brad Marchand didn’t travel with the team since he just missed two games before, but he did end up playing. Now the Bruins have lost a lot of the early games this year and it looks like it will be tough to turn around, but it can be done if the kids can keep them afloat.
Now another injury has come up, but this time, it’s a young kid. Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand are not traveling with the team to Cali for the three games out there against the Sharks, Kings, and Ducks. This could be a one-game thing, and they could fly out to play in the next to games or it could be that they need a little extra rest and they’ll fly out a little bit later and could still play in the game. It’s tough to see this team, which has a lot of talent, go down like this. As a fan, there isn’t much else to do but beg the hockey gods for this team to get healthy and for a playoff run later in the year.