With the Bruins accumulating so many injuries over the past few games they are going to have to start getting production from these younger guys coming up into the system. With the latest injury to Torey Krug, it looks like it will be Urho Vaakanainen to fill his spot in the lineup.
The 20-year-old looks like he will be on the third pairing with Connor Clifton unless Bruce Cassidy decides that putting veteran defenseman Steven Kampfer in is the better move. Kampfer may be the more responsible one on the back end but Vaakanainen shows a lot of potential in both ends of the night and has a good transition game. Vaakanainen has a great offensive game which could be useful in the absence of Krug and his ability to move the puck.
With young players like Bjork and Senyshyn already making contributions to the third line and the team, we can maybe expect the same from Vaakanainen in his first trip up since last year.
It looks like the perfection line will stay together and the Bruins have created a mashup line with Krejci, Heinen and Coyle on the second line while Debrusk is out. Coyle has been a monster on the third line being the center and this experiment might not last too long if Coyle can’t get any offense going. He has been an animal on the third line and shows the versatility that the Bruins love by being on the right-wing. Par Lindholm re-enters the lineup as the third line center between Bjork and Senyshyn as he tries to hold the up the defensive part of this line.
The Bruins will face the Florida Panthers as their sloppy play has begun to catch up to them with their first consecutive losses in a row. With the Bruins red-hot start, we knew that they would take a step back eventually in the year but it has come sooner than first thought. To begin they played with lose defense around the net and allowed opponents to control the puck against them. They have looked like they have almost hit a wall and almost looks uninspired. They’ll find their game again as they get some fresh legs in the lineup to boost the energy that they’ve been missing from Jake Debrusk and Brett Ritchie as they take time off to recover from injury. This next stretch of games they play the Panthers and the Maple Leafs so they can more ground on some struggling division opponents. With the B’s facing their first adversity of the year, we hope they can figure their way out of it and maintain a good spot in the standings before the end of November.
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