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[EDIT: In the last few minutes, Claude Julien has said that Brad Marchand WILL play tonight. So no injury, which is great news.]


Brad Marchand left the morning skate after suffering an apparent injury in a 2-on-1 drill. He skated off the ice immediately and did not return to practice.

Ouch. The hits keep coming. Looks like the price is being payed for the Bruins doing their deal with the Devil Monday night. In addition, half of the defensive core are still not even skating, never-mind being game-time decisions.

No Andrew Ference. No Dennis Seidenberg. No Wade Redden. The Bruins are facing some serious back-end issues as they gear-up for Game 1 tonight vs the New York Rangers. Due to the rash of injuries at the blue line, the B's have had to call up Torey Krug from Providence to fill a spot. The initial pairings at practice were as follows:
Yeeesh....Each pairing gives me shivers. The Dougie Hamilton experiment is not one I want to see continued the further the Bruins go in the playoffs. He's played alright, but definitely not at top-pairing level. And I don't think I need to explain how rough of a night Torey Krug could potentially have playing his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game versus the likes of Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan and the rest of the Rangers. 

Game 1 will be a major test for the Bruins. It's the classic 'trap-game' scenario: the Bruins are coming off the most emotional game of their season. Having a few days off, dealing with three definite and one possible injury that sits players out and having to battle a team that plays them extremely tough. The undisclosed nature of the Ference, Seidenberg and Redden injuries make me way more than nervous. Add that to the fact that all three have not even seen the ice in days, and it does not look good. If they are significant injuries, it may be the undoing for the Bruins this playoff run.

This may or may not get ugly. Lets see what the B's can muster.

 

Mark Burke 5/16/2013 11:37:00 AM Edit

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