The Boston Bruins season has not started very well, and certainly not up to the expectations of the fans, and hockey writers predictions. So far this season the question is not “when they make the playoffs” to a question of “can they make the playoffs”? Last seasons tremendous 54-18-9 record, and Presidents Trophy Winners looked to be moving forward in the playoffs, but failed against a better Canadiens team.
Everyone knows the Bruins were up against the “NHL Salary Cap”, and had to shed money before the season started, so the team would have to play with what product they put on the ice. On many nights the Bruins seem “beat up” and almost tired. Yes, the injury bug has gone through the locker room this year and it’s not helping an already struggling team.
Bruins Injury Update
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was injured in a game against the New York Islanders last Thursday night at the TD Garden. He is on the IR, and is expected to be out a minimum of four to six weeks. Adding to that is today’s news that Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is hurt. This is not what Bruins Nation needed to hear. Krug broke his finger in last nights game against the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins have called up defencemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky, from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.
Now we can add Brad Marchand to the list of injuries. At this mornings practice, Marchand left the ice, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said that he “tweaked something”, and is listed as undisclosed injury.
What can the Bruins expect from the recent call-ups of Morrow and Warsofsky?
Joe Morrow was involved in the deal that sent talented forward Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. Morrow has one goal, and one assist in five games for Providence. The 6’-1”, 204 pound Edmonton Alberta native is a player that is very much ready for the NHL. He has great ability to go after the puck in the defensive zone, and has a good east to west game. Morrow has an exceptional skill of keeping his head up, looking to generate offense through the “neutral zone”. He also has very good speed on his passes, and a booming shot from the point. Add to this the fact he is a terrific skater.
David Warsofsky is a local player to the Boston Area. Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, he played for the 2009 National Champion Boston University Terriers. Warsofsky has been playing in Providence for almost four seasons, earning himself much needed minutes in his continued development. The 5’-9” Warsofsky is a “set-up” type of defenseman, who also has a tremendous shot from the point. David has very good “puck moving” skills, and can be an“asset” around the crease in the defensive zone, as he is to move players away despite his limited frame. Warsofsky has appeared in seven games for Providence, and has not been a factor at all on the stat sheets except for 12 shots on net.
The Bruins travel to Buffalo to play the Sabres (2-8-0) tomorrow night, and come home to the TD Garden to play the Ottawa Senators (5-2-1) who are having a strong start to their season on Saturday night.
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