Ramblings: Injury Updates on Boeser and McAvoy; Laine Pots Three; Hall Extends Streak – March 7

Michael Clifford

2018-03-07

We received an update on Charlie McAvoy’s injury on Tuesday afternoon and it appears he’ll be out at least a month with an MCL sprain. As noted in the link, he’ll be re-evaluated at that point.

As far as the regular season is concerned, the Bruins have all but wrapped up a playoff spot and it’s just a matter of jockeying for home ice. They will have to do so without McAvoy.

McAvoy had been very solid in roto leagues to this point, which is rare for a 20-year old rookie defenceman. He was on pace for 40-plus point, a monster plus rating, 60-plus penalty minutes, triple-digits in both blocked shots and hits. Outside of strictly points leagues, he’s likely a top-20 defenceman. That’s an excellent rookie fantasy campaign. Of course, he won’t reach those numbers now, but it’s a good sign for the future.

Just as a small aside, Zdeno Chara’s numbers have been considerably worse this year when he hasn’t been paired with McAvoy: the Bruins allow just shy of 30 percent more shots when Chara is on the ice with any other defence partner aside from the rookie. Of all players, I do wonder if this affects Tuukka Rask the most. Patrice Bergeron still isn’t back and with McAvoy out of the lineup now, that is a lot missing from the team when it comes to driving the play.

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It looks as if Brock Boeser avoided serious injury after he went into an open door back-first late in Vancouver’s game Tuesday night. The team updated and said he would be out 4-6 weeks. You can read their update here.

I assume they’ll just shut him down for the season.

Again, it appears this could have been a lot worse and 4-6 weeks with a full recovery is great news for Boeser. This fantasy owner is excited to see what he can do next year.

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We didn’t get much of an update on Ben Bishop from Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock. Bishop left Monday night’s game with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. The update is that he will miss at least a couple of games and the team hopes to know more when Thursday rolls arou