Boston Bruins Brandon Carlo Listed as Week-to-Week
The Boston Bruins announced that defencemen Brandon Carlo is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Carlo suffered the injury in Boston’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 1st. He left in the first period of the contest and did not return to the game. He will be evaluated next week according to team doctors.
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Injury Plagued Season
Carlo had just returned from the injury list on March 30th. He suffered a concussion due to an illegal hit from the Washington Capitals Tom Wilson. He has missed 10 of the Bruin’s 33 games this season and is a key component to a young inexperienced defence that has struggled. Known more as a stalwart defender, Carlo has two goals and one assist on the season. He is a mainstay on a Boston penalty kill that ranks number-one in the NHL, killing off 89.62 percent of all chances.
He joins a long list of Bruins players on the injured list. Tuukka Rask remains out with an upper-body injury. Jake Debrusk remains on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, and Ondrej Kase has not played since the second game of the season. Fellow defenceman Kevan Miller (knee) is close to returning and John Moore is currently on injured reserve (hip).
Playoff Race Tightening Up
Boston can ill afford to be losing key personnel at this crucial point in the season. They sit fourth in the East Division, just three points clear of the Philadelphia Flyers and surging New York Rangers. They rank 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.61 per game). Their once potent powerplay has also fizzled out as of late, now ranked 10th in the league, firing at 22.77 percent on the season. With this huge lack of scoring they will rely heavily on coach Bruce Cassidy‘s stout defensive tactics moving forward.
The Bruins play host to the Penguins this afternoon before playing three of their next four games against the Flyers. With the NHL trade deadline just nine days away this stretch will prove pivotal in any moves the team will make.