The Bruins were dealt their first loss of the preseason Thursday morning, as the team confirmed that they will be without defenseman Torey Krug for at least three weeks.
Knocked out of the game when he was smacked in the jaw with a puck in the second period of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings, Krug is currently suffering from a non-displaced fracture, and will be re-evaluated at the end of that three-week absence.
It’s a definite blow to a B’s defense corps that’s short on left-shot defenders, with Zdeno Chara now skating as their only left shot with significant NHL experience, and even worse when you consider what Krug meant to the Black and Gold a season ago, with a career-best 43 assists and 51 points (25 of which came on the power play) in 81 games.
With Krug expected to be out of action for at least a week of the regular season, the NHL Opening Night odds have increased for local puckmover and former B.U. Terriers d-man Matt Grzelcyk, who skated in two NHL games a season ago, with zero points and four shots on goal.
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