Following up yesterday’s Western Conference injury update, today we check in on the Eastern Conference.
Riley Nash – Missed Tuesday’s practice, which makes it less likely he’ll be in the lineup on Thursday when the Bruins open up their series against the Leafs. He missed the end of the regular season (last five games) after taking a shot to the side of the head, needing 40 stitches to close the resulting gash! As of right now, the main concern seems to be swelling and discomfort of wearing a helmet – nothing concussion related. Nash finished the regular season with 41 points in 76 games, and is an important part of the Bruins’ depth scoring. Riley doesn’t typically play huge minutes (15:25), but he does leave a hole down the middle for the Bruins. While he hasn’t officially been ruled out for game one, if he doesn’t play, Noel Acciari should take his spot on the third line.
Brandon Carlo – Won’t be available for the entirety of the playoffs. Carlo is still recovering from ankle surgery.
Sean Kuraly – Looks like he’ll be good to go on Thursday!
Rick Nash – Was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice, which makes it likely he’ll be in the lineup for Game 1. Keep in mind he’s recovering from a concussion, so there’s a chance he’s not yet at a 100% (head injuries are unpredictable). Nash had six points in 11 games with the Bruins and 34 points in 71 games overall. He wasn’t even the best R. Nash on the team! In all seriousness, Nash did seem to boost the second line with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci, his return will certainly be welcome.
Anders Bjork – Recovering from shoulder surgery, he won’t be available for the 2017-2018 postseason.
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