The Boston Bruins have been decimated by injuries late in the season and it does not appear that things are getting better any time soon for the black and gold.
Earlier today we reported on the fact that National Hockey League veteran Lee Stempniak was expected to make his debut in the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season as a member of the Boston Bruins following an emergency call up to the Bruins roster this morning. It was a feel good story as Stempniak had been toiling away all season, working out with the Bruins and staying as close to game shape as one can be in without playing in any actual games, before eventually getting himself a contract just prior to the NHL trade deadline. Although it was great that Stempniak's hard work had finally paid off and even more so that he would likely be rewarded with some actual playing time at the NHL level, he has currently been playing with the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins the Providence Bruins, it also meant that the Bruins were likely making the move due to injuries on their roster.
It was young forward Jake DeBrusk who seemed like the most likely candidate to sit out tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators due to a lingering foot injury and although the Bruins did not report this fact Bruins insider Joe Haggerty had shared some speculation that indicated DeBrusk was likely out.
"Bruins recalling Lee Stempniak on an emergency basis from Providence Bruins," wrote Haggerty. "That would seem to be a pretty good indicator that Jake DeBrusk (foot) wont be able to go again tonight."
As it turns out that does in fact appear to be the reality of the situation. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe is now reporting that DeBrusk is in fact out of the line up tonight but that he will also be joined by 2 other Bruins' wingers leaving the team absolutely decimated in terms of their top 2 lines. According to Dupont the foot injury will keep DeBrusk out of the line up, Marcus Johansson remains out with a lung contusion suffered earlier in the week and veteran forward David Pastrnak remains out due to a thumb injury that required surgery.