The Boston Bruins have been without the services of forward Jake DeBrusk since just after the start of the New Year after suffering an injury during the Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 2.
Just before scoring, DeBrusk took a shot from teammate Matt Grzelcyk off his leg; he was able to complete the rest of the game but hasn't suited up since. The good news is that the NHL-best Bruins have gone 8-1 in his absence, and show no signs of slowing down as they pursue one of the best records in NHL history.
DeBrusk won't be traveling with the Bruins for their upcoming five game road swing that sees them make stops in Montreal, Tampa Bay, Sunrise, and Raleigh. And according to their head coach, there is optimism that he could make his return to the lineup perhaps before the All-Star break.
“He’s got to check boxes to come back, so we don’t have a timeline right now,” Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters following his team’s 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. “We would like him to be back before the All-Star break but we’re not gonna push that with that break coming.”
The Bruins will play on February 1 before the All-Star break; they don't play again until February 11.
In 36 games played this season for the Bruins, DeBrusk has scored 16 goals with 14 assists. He's 14 points away from establishing a new career high.