The Bruins injuries, Pirri’s specialization, Barzal’s immediate future and more.
The Bruins cannot get Tuukka Rask back soon enough. Their non-Rask goalie options have gotten shredded. Fortunately, it sounds like Rask may be back soon:
In other Bruin injury news:
Backes had bursitis and it has probably been nagging him for a while if they are opting for surgery. The recovery timelines I am reading suggest about six weeks for full recovery but athletes always surpass these timelines. I imagine he is back in four weeks. But this is all speculative. I am seeing it bandied about that Backes will miss only two more games but that’s based on the timeline of when the Bruins will update his condition.
Either way, there is a top power play spot available with Backes on the shelf. Danton Heinen filled this spot earlier in the week but more interesting was Brad Marchand getting top unit time last night. I don’t even know how many points Marchand might score with top PP minutes. This will likely be short lived but it could result in some dynamite results.
Austin Czarnik has been recalled.
Brandon Pirri is playing some excellent DH for the Rangers. While he is skating only 11 minutes per game, three of those are coming with the man advantage. He has four goals and six points in just seven games, half of those point coming on the power play.
Pirri has scored at about a 40-point pace for his entire career, except he’s never stuck around long enough to play 80 games and actually hit the 40-point mark. Barring injury, he looks like a decent bet to get there this season. I don’t see much more upside however. While he is seeing more PP time than ever before, the minutes are still too low to fall in love with this guy.
He’s also shooting 44.4%, which we know will come in closer to his career average of 13.7%. Over a full season, with say a 160 shot output, that makes for 22 goals. And he’s never been a big assist guy.
Chris Kreider missed out on a big night. He’s been absent the past couple of games due to neck