Injuries hurting the Bruins on defense

Injuries hurting the Bruins on defense

Tom Joyce ·

It's always tough to watch a team when they get beat up really bad.

While the Boston Bruins are not getting wrecked on the ice, their defense is quickly becoming decimated with injuries. Zdeno Chara was the latest casualty in this regard.

Chara got hurt in the first period of the team's bout against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. He suffered a lower-body injury and because of this, went back to Boston Thursday to be assessed by team doctors--because, apparently, doctors don't know how to travel in 2018.

With an injury, Chara joins some elite company for the Bruins. Not only is he hurt, but Charlie McAvoy is dealing with a concussion, Kevan Miller has a broken hand, Brandon Carlo has an upper body injury (but we're not sure which kind) and Urho Vaakanainen has a concussion as well.

The world's best goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, told ESPN, "It seems like we're losing a guy every game. We need to keep playing hard, and whoever comes in the lineup has to step up."

As a result of these injuries, the Bruins have had to rely on some younger players--including three rookies. In addition to Vaakanainen, the team had called up Jakub Zboril (their 2015 first round draft pick) and Jeremy Lauzon (not related to UFC fighters Joe and Danny Lauzon, I don't think).

But yeah, there's no way around it: this situation is less than ideal. The Bruins need their top guys on defense healthy if they're going to contend. It is nice that some of these guys are receiving opportunities but seriously, there's a reason why those veterans (and McAvoy) play big minutes when they're healthy; apparently, they are the best options available.

So yeah, let's hope all of these guys get well soon and can help the Bruins thrive again.