Impact: As one of the Bruins' few forwards with minor league options, Griffith was sent down to Providence prior to Monday's game to clear room for Brad Marchand (undisclosed) to return from IR. Griffith figures to hold down a regular role with the Bruins going forward, but he'll need to get over his recent point slide in order to keep receiving around 15 minutes per game.
News: Khokhlachev was reassigned to AHL Providence on Tuesday, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: With the Bruins not playing their next game until Friday, Khokhlachev was sent back to the minors to see further action. There's a possibility that one or both of David Krejci and Chris Kelly could be ready to go for Friday's game, which would likely result in Khokhlachev just remaining in Providence until further notice.
News: Caron was reassigned to AHL Providence on Tuesday, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The Bruins won't play their next game until Friday, so it could be the case where the Bruins are just trying to have him pick up some extra ice time in the minors before rejoining the team. Caron skated for just 3:35 in Monday's game against the Penguins.
News: Fraser was a healthy scratch Monday against the Penguins, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Fraser checks in with three goals in 14 games thus far, and while he figures to rejoin the B's lineup before long, he's off the fantasy radar until he is able to generate consistent production.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Monday that he is hopeful that Chara (knee) can return to action in 10-to-14 days, nesn.com reports.
Impact: Chara, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee on Oct. 23, skated Monday, and while a return to action is not imminent for the blueliner, he is clearly progressing. "Usually, when they start skating, it's at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he's been out that long," Chiarelli noted Monday. "I haven't been given a timetable. We just have to see how he progresses from day to day. But I think you can probably say 10 days to two weeks."
News: It's unclear when Kelly, who missed his second straight game Monday with an undisclosed injury, will return to action, according to the Boston Herald.
Impact: "I don't think there's a specific timetable," coach Claude Julien noted with regard to the veteran forward's status. "It's not three-to-four weeks, four-to-six weeks, that much I can tell you. That's why we can only say day-to-day, I guess, at this point." With that in mind, it doesn't look like Kelly will play Friday against the Jets, at a minimum. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.
News: Krejci, who missed Monday's game against the Penguins, is dealing with a groin pull, according to the Boston Herald.
Impact: While coach coach Claude Julien didn't offer specifics with regard to Krejci's injury, he did acknowledge that "we've taken a step back again," though he added that "from everything I'm being told, it's not something we're going to have to manage all year." The center's status for Friday's game against the Jets thus remains cloudy and until more information is available, we'll consider Krejci day-to-day.
News: Pastrnak saw 7:53 worth of ice time while skating 10 shifts in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The 18-year-old rookie nearly picked up an assist on a nifty backhand pass that almost led to a Brad Marchand goal, while displaying good speed in his NHL debut. While the physical side of Pastrnak's game is a work in progress, he has the skills to develop into a dynamic contributor down the road. In the short term, we'd expect Pastrnak to head back to the AHL before too long, but for now it looks like he will stick around for some more practice time with the big club and perhaps suit up for Friday's game against the Jets.