Boston Bruins Player News: All Positions

News: Bergeron (lower body) won't be in the lineup versus Colorado on Saturday, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Bergeron joined the team on the ice in a non-contact jersey Friday, but he won't be ready in time for Saturday's tilt. While it's impossible to replace a player of Bergeron's caliber, David Krejci has stepped in admirably with six points in six games and will continue to center the Bruins' top line against the Avalanche.
News: McAvoy picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: McAvoy has points in back-to-back games for only the second time this season. After scoring at a rate of half a point per game over his first two seasons, McAvoy is only on pace to hit 25 points this season. His usage as the team's No. 1 lock-down defenseman has certainly pulled his numbers down, as he's spending much more time on the penalty kill than the power play this season.
News: Krug tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: After throwing six shots on goal, Krug managed to get his seventh past Chicago's Robin Lehner to tie the game after the Bruins went down 3-0 early in the third period. The goal snapped Krug's four-game point drought -- his longest since last November. He now has four goals and 19 points in 24 games.
News: Grzelcyk picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: The offense has started to come for Grzelcyk, who only managed two points through his first 16 games. Over the last 13 contests, he's scored two goals and dished out five assists, including his first career short-handed point in Thursday's loss.
News: Debrusk picked up an assist on the game-tying goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: The puck found DeBrusk below the goal line, who threw a quick pass to Torey Krug in front who buried it to tie the game. The 23-year-old has notched seven points over his last seven games as his production has started to pick up. He's currently skating with David Krejci and David Pastrnak, but once Patrice Bergeron (lower body) is healthy again, Pastrnak will likely be replaced by Brett Ritchie or Danton Heinen.
News: Kuraly picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: Chris Wagner took Kuraly's pass up the ice and snapped it home short-handed to pull the Bruins within a goal. It was Boston's first short-handed goal of the season and Kuraly's second career short-handed point. The 26-year-old now has 10 points in 29 games.
News: Backes picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: After receiving a pass at center ice, Backes got by two Blackhawk skaters and threw a low shot on goalie Robin Lehner that spit out to Joakim Nordstrom for the Bruins' first goal of the game. Backes has two points in three games since coming back from an upper-body injury that kept him sidelined for 14 contests. However, he already looks to be the odd man out with the return of Brett Ritchie (infection), as he wasn't skating on a regular line Friday morning.
News: Nordstrom opened the scoring for the Bruins in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: The Bruins were down 3-0 before Nordstrom scored his third of the year 1:49 into the third period to put his team on the board. Chris Wagner and Torey Krug would go on to score and tie the game before the Blackhawks won in overtime. Nordstrom also fired four shots on goal and registered a hit in the loss.
News: Wagner tallied a short-handed goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: It was Wagner's first goal in 17 games and sixth point on the season. His goal brought the Bruins within one as they came back from being down 3-0 in the third. The tally was the Bruins' first short-handed goal this season after scoring seven last year.
News: Moore played 16:11 against Chicago on Thursday night in his first game of the season following offseason shoulder surgery.
Impact: He had three shots but no points. Moore's best season came in 2016-17, when he tallied 22 points. His fantasy value is restricted to the deepest of formats. Not only will he struggle to pick up points, but Moore will also likely need time to get up to game speed. After all, he has missed more than a quarter of this season.
News: Rask made 37 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago on Thursday.
Impact: Jonathan Toews (a.k.a. Captain Clutch) barrelled in on a breakaway. He got Rask moving laterally and -- you guessed it -- that five-hole opened right up. Rask remains one of the NHL's elite twinetenders. He can't win every time.
News: Rask will defend the cage versus Chicago at home Thursday, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Rask is riding a six-game winning streak during which he's recorded a 1.82 GAA and .943 save percentage. The Finn continues to see the bulk of the workload, though he's sharing plenty of starts with backup Jaroslav Halak. Last season, the Bruins limited Rask to just 46 appearances, and he will likely get a similar number of starts in 2019-20 in order to keep him ready for the postseason.
News: Coach Bruce Cassidy is hoping Bergeron (lower body) will be ready to return to practice Friday, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Bergeron will miss a sixth straight game Thursday due to his lower-body injury, but the fact that he's on the verge of returning to practice suggests he shouldn't be sidelined much longer. If he's able to join his teammates on the ice Friday, he'll likely be labeled a game-time decision for Saturday's clash with Colorado.
News: Moore (shoulder) will make his 2019-20 debut against Chicago on Thursday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Moore has been sidelined all season since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, but he will get his first taste of NHL action since the Stanley Cup Finals. With the 28-year-old healthy, Connor Clifton will be relegated to a spot in the press box. Moore notched four goals and nine helpers in 61 games last season and will be hard pressed to reach the 20-point mark this year.
News: Bergeron (lower body) will not be in the lineup versus Chicago on Thursday, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Bergeron will be sidelined for his sixth straight game due to his lingering lower-body issue. Despite having their world-class center on the shelf, the Bruins have won all five contests with David Krejci slotting into a first-line role. Prior to getting hurt, Bergeron notched seven helpers in five games and should continue to be a elite fantasy option once given the all-clear.
News: Halak stopped 24 shots in a 2-0 shutout victory against the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Impact: The veteran has turned aside 86 of 89 shots (.966) in his last three games to build a three-game winning streak. Owners should take advantage of this hot streak, but Halak has played well all season. He is 7-1-3 with a 2.14 GAA and .934 save percentage in 11 games this season.
News: Lagace has a 10-2-2 record with a .922 save percentage with AHL Providence.
Impact: Coming in as a free agent over the offseason, Lagace was brought in to be the starting goalie in Providence and has handily grabbed the reigns. He has been one of the best goalies in the AHL, posting the most shutouts (four) and second-most wins.
News: Keyser has gone 1-4-1 with an .890 save percentage in his first professional season with AHL Providence.
Impact: Keyser had the second-best save percentage in the OHL last season with a .915, but is still working out the kinks in Providence. A surprising preseason by Keyser turned a lost of heads in Boston, but he still has a lot of development to go through before he sees the NHL.
News: Lauzon has seven points in 24 games with AHL Providence this season.
Impact: A second-round pick by the Boston Bruins in 2015, Lauzon has already sniffed the NHL with 16 games last season, and now looks to grow his skills as one of AHL Providence's top defenders. Lauzon will likely be good enough to crack the NHL within the next three seasons, but it will be tough to jump all the young defenders in Boston's system.
News: Koppanen has eight points in 14 games with AHL Providence.
Impact: After starting the season in the ECHL, Koppanen has found his scoring ways in the AHL. The Bruins are happy to see this turn since Koppanen only turned out four points over his 55 games with the team over the past two seasons. He has a long way to go before he earns an NHL call-up, but at only 21, he has plenty of time to develop.
News: Lantosi has 11 points in 20 games with AHL Providence.
Impact: In his first season on North American ice, Lantosi has started to find his way on the scoresheet. Last season with Nitra MHC of the Slovakian Extraleague, Lantosi put up 58 points in 56 games. That drew the eye of Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, who signed Lantosi as a free-agent in July. It'll take a couple seasons before Lantosi will see the NHL, but the Bruins see potential in the 24-year-old.
News: Fitzgerald has seven goals and 13 points in 24 games with the AHL Bruins.
Impact: Fitzgerald is on pace to yet again end the season with a point total in the mid-30's -- something he has done each of the last two seasons. A fourth-round pick from the 2013 draft, Fitzgerald hasn't been able to grow his game much over his first three professional seasons.
News: Petrovic leads all AHL Providence defenders with 17 points in 23 games.
Impact: After securing a one-year contract off a professional tryout agreement with Boston, Petrovic has been in the AHL since the start of the season. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, Boston is overflowing with NHL-ready defensemen. Petrovic is unlikely to see time in the NHL this season but may be able to translate his success into a contract extension for next year.
News: Bergeron (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Hurricanes, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Bergeron will miss his fifth straight game, allowing David Krejci to remain as the top-line center. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said Bergeron has been skating before practice and may be ready by the weekend, though.
News: Halak will patrol the home crease in Tuesday's matchup against the Hurricanes, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The Bruins are affording Halak his third start in five games to help keep Tuukka Rask fresh, but Halak certainly deserves the action, as he hasn't lost in regulation since Oct. 10 while posting a .930 save percentage this year. He's set to have his hands full, though, as the Hurricanes averaged 34.5 shots and 3.3 goals per game in November.
News: Ritchie (infection) will not be in the lineup against Carolina on Tuesday despite head coach Bruce Cassidy indicating the winger is healthy.
Impact: Until the Bruins are ready to reinsert Ritchie into the lineup, he will remain on injured reserve. Once ready to play, 26-year-old will likely have to beat out Joakim Nordstrom or David Backes for a bottom-six role. Once John Moore (shoulder) is added to the lineup, as well, the club will need to make a move to activate Ritchie.
News: Moore (shoulder) could make his 2019-20 debut against the Blackhawks on Thursday, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Moore logged one game with AHL Providence on a conditioning assignment, in which he recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating. If the blueliner does get into the lineup for Thursday's clash, it would likely come at the expense of Connor Clifton. Given Moore missed the first two months of the season, his ceiling is likely in the 10-15 point range.
News: The Bruins reassigned Gaunce to AHL Providence on Monday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports.
Impact: Gaunce suited up in one game during this NHL stint, logging 9:10 of ice time and dishing out an assist. Despite the solid performance, it appears Patrice Bergeron (lower body) could return soon, so Gaunce will continue to develop in the minors
News: The Bruins recalled Moore (shoulder) from his conditioning stint with AHL Providence on Monday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports.
Impact: Moore remains on non-roster IR for now, but he has a chance to make his season debut with the big club Tuesday against the Hurricanes. The veteran blueliner posted 13 points over 61 games last season, but it's unsettled how much Moore will be used for the B's, who lead the league with 43 points.
News: Clifton dished out six hits in a 3-1 win over the Canadiens on Sunday.
Impact: Clifton has responded to being healthy scratched twice last week with a boost in intensity. He collected 15 shots and five blocks over his last three games despite not finding the scoresheet. With 62 total hits, Clifton is behind only Chris Wagner (73) in hits with the Bruins.
News: Grzelcyk picked up a helper in Sunday's 3-1 win over Montreal.
Impact: The Bruins' second power play doesn't normally get a lot of time to work with, but every once in a while they'll find a way to add to the scoring. Grzelcyk has had three of his six assists this season come on the man advantage, including Sunday's on the game-winner by David Backes. Now with eight points in 27 games, Grzelcyk is on his way to top the career high of 18 he put last season.
News: Nordstrom threw five hits in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Points have been slow to come for Nordstrom, who has been in and out of the lineup with injury issues, but he has started to settle into his role on the fourth line after a successful string last season. So far this season he has two goals, three points and 33 hits through 16 games.
News: Krejci collected an assist on the power play during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: With Patrice Bergeron sidelined due to a lower-body injury, Krejci has stepped up in a big way. The 33-year-old assisted on David Backes' game-winning goal, coming on a Boston power play, and Krejci has now posted 20 points in 21 games this season. Even once Bergeron returns and forces Krejci back down the lineup, there's no reason to expect the veteran's production to falter considering how well Krejci has played to this point in 2019-20.
News: Backes scored a power-play goal that was the difference maker in a 3-1 win over Montreal on Sunday.
Impact: Playing the bumper role on a Boston power play in the third period, Backes fired home his first goal of the year, beating a screened Carey Price to put the hosts ahead 2-1. The Bruins would add another to hand the Canadiens their eighth straight defeat. Backes, 35, only has two points in nine appearances in 2019-20, so don't expect him to find the scoresheet very often, especially while he's averaging just 8:22 of ice time per night.
News: Pastrnak scored the first of three unanswered goals in the third period Sunday, helping to defeat the Canadiens 3-1 in Boston.
Impact: The hosts were held off the scoreboard until the 6:16 mark of the third period, when Pastrnak blasted home his 25th of the season, beating Carey Price with a rocket of a shot to tie the game 1-1. David Backes and Jake DeBrusk also scored in the win. Pastrnak continues to lead the league in goals and now has 42 points this season, in 27 games played. He also dished out a pair of hits in Sunday's win.
News: Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots during Sunday's 3-1 home win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Rask has reeled off six consecutive wins while keeping opponents to two or fewer goals in five of those six contests. Following Sunday's win, his season record moved to 13-2-2. The Hurricanes pay Boston a visit Tuesday, and the Bruins have yet to announce who will start in goal, but Rask could be in line for a rest considering head coach Bruce Cassidy has elected to rotate his goalies quite often this season.
News: Marchand (illness) will be in the lineup for Sunday's game against Montreal, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Marchand missed Saturday's practice due to the illness, but as evidenced by this news, kicked the ailment before he was forced to miss game time. He'll slot into his usual role on the first power-play unit, and as the first-line left wing with David Krejci and David Pasternak.
News: The Bruins assigned Moore to AHL Providence on a conditioning loan Sunday.
Impact: Moore was cleared for contact by team doctors just a week ago, and made another positive step in recovery in the form of a conditioning stint. Barring a set back, Moore could make his season debut in the next week or so. He likely won't have an impact from a fantasy perspective, however, as he's racked up just 31 points in 142 games the past two seasons.
News: The Bruins reassigned Studnicka to AHL Providence on Sunday.
Impact: Studnicka made his NHL debut in the wake of the injury bug hitting the Bruins' forward group. The 20-year-old made his mark, securing an assist and was a plus-2 while averaging 12:08 of ice time with the big club. He'll head down to AHL Providence with valuable NHL experience, and could be a likely call up again should injuries pile up.
News: Rask will defend the home net in Sunday's matchup against the Canadiens, Eric Ruso of the Bruins' official site reports.
Impact: Rask is in the top five across all fantasy-relevant stat classes, as he boasts a 2.10 GAA, .931 save percentage and 12 wins. However, the Canadiens are responsible for one of Rask's two losses in regulation this year, as they lit him up for five goals on 31 shots Nov. 5. Rask will ride a five-game winning streak into this contest, though, and he's posted a .939 save percentage in that span.
News: Backes (upper body) has been cleared to rejoin the lineup ahead of Sunday's matchup with Montreal, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Backes has been sidelined for nearly a month with an upper-body injury, but he's finally been given the green light and should return to a bottom-six role against the Canadiens. The 35-year-old vet is more of a leader in the locker room than a producer on the ice for the Bruins at this stage in his career, so he won't be a viable fantasy option in 2019-20.
News: Bergeron (lower body) is ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Canadiens, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This injury continues to linger, as Bergeron will sit out for the sixth time in eight games. When he's in the lineup, he's dynamite with seven assists in his last four outings, but it appears the Bruins want Bergeron to get fully healthy before returning. Expect David Krejci to continue centering the top line.
News: Marchand (illness) didn't practice Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Bruins don't play again until Sunday against Montreal, so there's a good chance Marchand won't be forced to miss any game action due to his illness. Confirmation on the feisty winger's status against the Canadiens' should be released prior to puck drop.
News: DeBrusk picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.
Impact: It took DeBrusk a couple games to get back up to speed after recovering from a lower-body injury earlier this month, but the 23-year-old now has two goals and five points in his last four games. Now in his third NHL season, DeBrusk is still looking to develop the consistency that will enable him to break through to the 50-point plateau for the first time.
News: Pastrnak scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.
Impact: The 23-year-old tied the game early in the third period on a blistering shot from the faceoff circle to the right of Henrik Lundqvist, then he dropped a slick pass to David Krejci in the slot in OT to set up the winner. Pastrnak leads the league with an incredible 24 goals through 26 games -- it's been almost two decades since Brett Hull became the last NHL player to score 50 goals in 50 games, a feat only five snipers in history have accomplished, but Pastrnak might have a chance to join that exclusive club.
News: Krejci scored the overtime game-winner and added an assist in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
Impact: With David Pastrnak drawing defensive attention from two Blueshirts plus Henrik Lundqvist, Krejci found himself wide open in the slot for Pastrnak's pass and didn't miss the yawning cage in overtime. Krejci has notched three goals and eight points in his last six games while spending time on the top line in place of Patrice Bergeron (lower body), but he'll get bumped down the depth chart once Bergeron is healthy.
News: Halak made 26 stops in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.
Impact: Boston fell behind 2-0 early in the second period, but Halak came up big down the stretch and didn't allow another puck to get past him as the Bruins made their comeback. He even got credit for the secondary assist on David Krejci's game-winner. Halak has only lost once all season in regulation, back on Oct. 10, and he's gotten the Bruins at least one point in the standings in eight straight starts, going 5-0-3 with a 2.55 GAA and .923 save percentage over that stretch.
News: Bergeron (lower body) remains out for Friday's matinee against the Rangers, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bergeron will miss a third consecutive game with his injury. His next chance to suit up will come Sunday against the Canadiens, with David Krejci continuing to fill in on the top line in the meantime.
News: Halak will start Friday's matinee against the Rangers, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Halak is one of the league's better backups, with just one regulation loss through nine appearances along with an outstanding 2.40 GAA and .930 save percentage. He'll have his hands full with a visiting Rangers club that's won its last three games and owns a top-10 offense at 3.35 goals per game.
News: Chara scored the game-winning goal and posted a plus-2 rating in a 2-1 victory against the Senators on Wednesday.
Impact: With the marker, Chara already has five goals, matching what he did all of 2018-19. This was also his second game-winning score of this season, which also matches last season's total. Chara has five goals, 12 points, a plus-17 rating and 22 PIM in 25 games this season.
News: Rask allowed one goal on 34 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Seantors on Wednesday.
Impact: The veteran has won five straight, giving him 12 on the season, which leads the NHL. In half of his wins, Rask has allowed one or zero goals. He is 12-2-2 with a .931 save percentage and 2.10 GAA in 16 games this season.
News: Wagner signed a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension with the Bruins on Wednesday.
Impact: Wagner has been a solid bottom-six contributor for Boston over the past two campaigns, notching 24 points while racking up 312 hits in 99 games. He'll continue to be a physical force up front for the Bruins over the next three seasons, but his lack of offensive upside will keep him off the fantasy radar in formats that don't reward the rough stuff.
News: Coyle and the Bruins have agreed to a six-year contract extension at a $5.25 million average annual value.
Impact: Boston seems to covet Coyle's ability to move up and down the lineup, and the versatile forward has produced a respectable five goals and nine assists through 24 games this season. This production comes on the heels of a six-point output in 21 games with Boston last season following a midseason trade from Minnesota. The 27-year-old forward is now locked up through the remainder of his prime.
News: Chara recorded a helper in Tuesday's 8-1 blowout win over the Canadiens.
Impact: That makes three-straight games with an assist for Chara, the second time in the month of November that he picked up a point in three straight. With 11 points in 24 games, Chara is on pace for his best offensive output in six seasons.
News: Carlo picked up an assist in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: What a birthday gift for Carlo, who turned 23 the same day. Already up 5-1 in the game, Carlo threw a shot on goal from the blue line that David Pastrnak tipped in to cap off his three-goal night. Carlo seems to have found his offensive legs again with eight points in 24 games -- already halfway to the career-high of 16 points he put up in his rookie season.
News: Krug picked up two assists in an 8-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday.
Impact: Krug has five points in two games since returning from an upper-body injury and is off to a stellar start this season. With 18 points in 19 games, including 12 on the power play, Krug is on pace to top his career high of 59 points before he heads to free agency this summer.
News: Heinen scored the final goal in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Heinen continued his productive start to the season with his fifth goal of the season. The 24-year-old has 12 points in 24 games on the Bruins' third line.
News: Krejci dished out two assists in Tuesday's 8-1 blowout of the Canadiens.
Impact: With Patrice Bergeron sitting with a lower-body injury, Krejci was matched up with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on the top line. That will undoubtedly boost Krejci's offensive numbers, as the top line carries the bulk of the Bruins' scoring. Add that to the scorching numbers Krejci was already putting up since his return from an upper-body injury on Oct. 29 -- 16 points in 13 games -- and you have a recipe for an attractive fantasy option at center.
News: DeBrusk opened the scoring in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: In what would eventually become a blowout, DeBrusk put up the first goal of the game with a wrist shot on the power play. After starting the season with only one point through seven games, DeBrusk has turned it around with five goals and eight points in his last 12 games.
News: Bjork scored his fourth goal of the season in an 8-1 blowout of Montreal on Tuesday.
Impact: Sean Kuraly forced a turnover and backhanded a pass to Bjork, who took it in alone and scored the goal that knocked Carey Price out of the game. Bjork has added the goal-scoring depth the Bruins were looking for with five points in 16 games.
News: Kuraly dished out three assists in an 8-1 blowout of the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: It was Kuraly's first multi-point outing of the season. With his first assist of the game coming on the man advantage, Kuraly tallied the first power-play point of his career. He is benefitting offensively with Andres Bjork and Danton Heinen as his wingers, although that line will likely only last until Patrice Bergeron (lower body) is back in the lineup.
News: Studnicka notched an assist in 14:30 worth of ice time (including 1:06 on the power play) in his NHL debut in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Studnicka's helper arrived on the B's final goal in the blowout, but it capped a solid debut for the 20-year-old, who centered the team's second line Tuesday. Studnicka got the call from the big club Monday, with Patrice Bergeron (lower body) sidelined, a promotion he earned by logging nine goals and 18 points in 21 games for AHL Providence. In the short term, the 2017 second-rounder figures to stick around as long as Bergeron is unavailable and long term, Studnicka profiles as the organization's top forward prospect, given that he's a heady two-way player with some offensive upside.
News: Marchand posted a goal and two assists, including one on the man advantage in an 8-1 victory against the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: With three more points, Marchand has recorded multiple points in five of the last six contests, including four consecutive games. Marchand has 13 multi-point outings and only four pointless games this season. With that, he has 17 goals and 42 points with a plus-19 rating in 24 contests this season.
News: Coyle posted a goal and two assists, including one on the power play, in an 8-1 victory against the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: The 27-year-old started very slowly this season, and he didn't have any points in the two games prior to Tuesday, but he now has three goals and nine points in the last eight contests. While this production isn't sustainable long term, Coyle's shooting percentage during the hot streak is 15.0 percent. That's higher than normal, but not abnormally so, indicating Coyle could just simply be pulling himself out of his October and early November swoon. He has five goals and 14 points in 24 games this season.
News: Halak made 36 saves on 37 attempts in an 8-1 victory against the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: The veteran netminder has played very well in his last couple appearances, but he didn't win because of two straight losses in overtime. This was Halak's first victory where he yielded under three goals since Oct. 14. He is 5-1-3 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA in nine starts this season.
News: Pastrnak posted his second hat trick of the season with three goals on four shots in an 8-1 victory against the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Impact: The 23-year-old hasn't gone more than two games without scoring a goal this season. Ironically, he didn't post a point in the first two contests of 2019-20, but since then, he has 23 goals and 39 points in 22 games. His 23 goals leads the league, and he's scoring both ways with a league-high 12 on the power play and 11 at even strength.
News: Ritchie (infection) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Now that he's on IR, Ritchie will miss Boston's next three games at a minimum, but at this point there's no telling when he might be cleared to return. Either way, the 26-year-old winger has only picked up four games in 15 games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: The Bruins recalled Studnicka from AHL Providence on Monday.
Impact: The 20-year-old is picking up the pace and should be considered in dynasty fantasy formats, generating nine goals and nine assists over 21 AHL games this year. At the very least, Bruins fans should be excited about his future with the club. It appears Studnicka is being brought up to the big club in case David Backes (upper body) is unable to play Tuesday against the Canadiens.
News: The Bruins recalled Gaunce from AHL Providence on Monday.
Impact: Gaunce has been impressive with Providence this year, posting 11 points and a plus-8 rating over 14 contests. The 25-year-old hasn't lived up to being picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, as he's registered just 15 points over 117 games at the top level. It's unsettled whether Gaunce will enter the lineup Tuesday against the Canadiens.
News: Rask will guard the crease on the road versus Ottawa on Wednesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Rask is riding a four-game winning streak in which he posted a .931 save percentage and 2.23 GAA. The Finnish netminder will get Tuesday night off, as backup Jaroslav Halak takes the first game of the Bruins' back-to-back, so while his teammates might be a little gassed, Rask should be fresh and ready to play against a Senators squad that is 7-3-0 in their previous 10 outings.
News: Lindholm (laceration) will be back in the lineup against Montreal on Tuesday.
Impact: Lindholm slots back into the lineup after just one game on the shelf. While the center projects into a fourth-line role due to the absence of Patrice Bergeron (lower body) and Brett Ritchie (infection), the club could shake things up with additional call-ups. In 13 appearances this season, the Swede recorded one assist and14 shots while averaging a mere 11:06 of ice time.
News: Ritchie (infection) will miss the Bruins' two-game road trip versus Montreal and Ottawa on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Impact: Ritchie continues to be plagued by an infection issue that has caused him to miss six of the team's last eight contests. While coach Bruce Cassidy didn't comment on Ritchie's availability past the next two games, according to Matt Porter of The Boston Globe, the winger could be facing a longer-term absence in order to get the issue under control.
News: Halak (illness) will defend the cage on the road versus the Habs on Tuesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Halak was a late scratch against the Wild on Saturday due to his illness, but appears to be no worse for the wear. The veteran netminder allowed a mere four goals on 73 shots in his previous two outings (.945 save percentage), but still wound up with a pair of overtime losses. While Halak takes the first game of the Bruins' back-to-back, Tuukka Rask is slated to start Wednesday's clash with Ottawa.
News: Bergeron (lower body) won't travel with the Bruins for their upcoming two-game road trip.
Impact: Bergeron continues to be bothered by the same lower-body issue that caused him to miss two games earlier in November. Despite the lingering issue, the center put up five points (all assists) in his previous two contests. If he is cleared to play against the Rangers on Friday, the Quebec native figures to immediately slot back onto the first line and No. 1 power-play unit. In the meantime, David Krejci will jump up to play with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
News: Rask made 32 saves in a 5-4 overtime win over the Wild on Saturday.
Impact: It's his fourth consecutive win. Rask is on a roll, without much relief from his back up. The Bruins have been careful with his playing time, so watch for them to rest him even with a streak intact.
News: Bergeron put up four assists in a 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday.
Impact: Bergeron is an absolute beast. You don't get much more clutch than him. He has 24 points in 21 games, a pace that will deliver him more than 90 points if he stays healthy. That's not an easy thing for Bergeron to do, but anything is possible for one of the best two-way pivots in the game.
News: Halak didn't play Saturday versus the Wild due to illness, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Halak was initially expected to start Saturday, but Tuukka Rask ended up playing instead. The Bruins have a back-to-back for their next two games, visiting the Canadiens on Tuesday and the Senators on Wednesday. If Halak is healthy by then, it's highly likely he'll start one of the two games.
News: Halak will not start Saturday's game versus the Wild after being announced as the team's starter during the morning skate, Jack Edwards of NESN reports.
Impact: Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for Boston with Halak watching from the bench. The team did not provide a reason for why it changed its mind regarding Saturday's starter.
News: Rask will tend twine Saturday versus Minnesota, Jack Edwards of NESN reports.
Impact: Originally thought to be a Jaroslav Halak start, Rask will be in goal when the Bruins take on the Wild on Saturday. Rask has won his last three starts, so perhaps Boston wants to see if it can continue riding Rask's red-hot form.
News: The Bruins assigned Vaakanainen to AHL Providence on Saturday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports.
Impact: The B's are getting healthy on the blue line, so Vaakanainen's services are no longer needed. The 20-year-old blueliner slotted into five games during this NHL stint, but he's still seeking his first point at the top level.
News: Ritchie (upper body) will play in Saturday's game against the Wild, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Ritchie sat out of Thursday's win over Buffalo, but he took Saturday's morning skate and felt good enough to re-enter the lineup. The winger is expected to return to a bottom-six role, where he's accrued two goals and an assist over 14 contests.
News: Halak will tend the home twine in Saturday's matchup against the Wild, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Halak will get a spot start to allow Tuukka Rask some rest. The 34-year-old has been superb in limited action this year, posting a .924 save percentage and 4-1-3 record. He'll draw a favorable matchup in this outing, as the Wild rank 28th in the league with 2.29 goals per road game.
News: Lindholm (laceration) is ruled out for Saturday's game against the Wild, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Lindholm required 18 stitches after suffering a cut during Thursday's win over the Sabres, and he won't be able to suit up. Despite the injury, the notion that he had a shot to play bodes well for his chances of playing Tuesday against Montreal, although his injury will need to heal up enough by then.
News: Backes (upper body) returned to practice in a non-contact sweater Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Backes is clearly making progress in his recovery, but there's still no timeline for his return. The veteran forward will need to be cleared for contact before rejoining the lineup, so expect another update on his status once that occurs.
News: Miller (kneecap) has suffered a setback in his recovery.
Impact: Miller was previously expected to play at some point during November, but at this point that seems like a longshot. Even once he's cleared to play, the blueliner could struggle to crack the lineup over Connor Clifton
News: Moore (shoulder) has been cleared for contact, but he's still a few weeks away from making his season debut.
Impact: Moore's eventual return will bolster the Bruins' depth on the back end, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as he's only totaled 31 points in 142 games over the past two campaigns.
News: Ritchie (upper body) may return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Impact: Confirmation on Ritchie's status for Saturday's contest likely won't surface until after morning skate, but there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his condition, as he's only picked up nine points in 67 games over the past two campaigns.
News: Lindholm (laceration) is considered questionable for Saturday's matchup with Minnesota.
Impact: Lindholm suffered a cut that required 18 stitches during Thursday's win over Buffalo, but he still might be able to tough it out against the Wild. Confirmation on his status for that contest should surface prior to puck drop.
News: Krug (upper body) is expected to rejoin the lineup for Saturday's matchup with Minnesota.
Impact: Fantasy owners will be happy to have Krug back in their lineups Saturday, as he's been his usual highly productive self when healthy this season, racking up two goals and 13 points in 17 games. The 28-year-old American will return to his role skating on Boston's second pairing and first power-play unit against the Wild.
News: Chara picked up an assist in a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Thursday.
Impact: His fifth assist of the season came after Brad Marchand tipped in his shot from the point to open the scoring for Boston. With nine points already this year, the big man is producing at his best pace since the 2014-15 campaign in which he ended with 37 points.
News: Kuraly was held off the scoresheet in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Kuraly only has one goal and three assists through 22 games this season. Last year, he had the same number of points through 30 games but turned it around with 17 tallies over his last 41 appearances.
News: Wagner picked up seven penalty minutes with one hit and two blocks in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Wagner and Curtis Lazar dropped the gloves in Thursday's contest, both receiving fighting majors and a roughing minor. After ending last season fourth on the team with 51 PIM, Wagner has stayed out of the box thus far this season with only 11 PIM in 21 appearances.
News: Kampfer has only played in two games this season, recording no points.
Impact: After Torey Krug (upper body) was ruled out last week, the Bruins called up Urho Vaakanainen instead of inserting Kampfer back in the lineup. The veteran blueliner started 35 games last season, including three playoff games, but head coach Bruce Cassidy seems hesitant to throw him into the fray thus far this year.
News: Heinen dished out a pair of power-play helpers in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Heinen assisted on goals scored by Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. The 24-year-old winger has a modest 11 points in 22 games, but his point total should start to climb if he can maintain a role on the Bruins' high-powered top power-play unit.
News: Marchand potted two goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Marchand's goal total is up to 15, leaving him five goals back of league leader and teammate David Pastrnak. With a pair of two-goal games and a three-assist effort in his past four contests, the highly skilled agitator is showing no signs of slowing down.
News: Pastrnak scored the game-winning goal on the power play while adding an assist and seven shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Pastrnak filled up the box score as usual, and his third-period tally with the extra man made it 3-1 before turning into the winner when Buffalo got one back. He continues to pace the league in goals, now with 20 in 22 games. Four of those goals have come in the past three games.
News: Rask made 36 saves in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Rask gave up the game's first and last goals, but he got three goals of support in between. The highlight of Rask's night was a beautiful save on Evan Rodrigues, as he got back to cover a gaping net and preserve what at that time was a 3-1 lead. The Finnish netminder improved to 10-2-2 with the win, making up for a lack of volume with efficiency this season.
News: Ritchie will miss Thursday's matchup with Buffalo after his upper-body issue returned.
Impact: Coach Bruce Cassidy didn't provide an update on how long this latest problem might keep Ritchie out. The winger is currently bogged down in a six-game pointless streak dating back to Oct. 22 versus the Maple Leafs. If he can get healthy and reclaim a top-six role, the 26-year-old has a chance to challenge for his career-best point total from 2016-17 (24).
News: Krug (upper body) could be an option for Saturday's matchup with Minnesota.
Impact: Having a target return date is certainly a step in the right direction for Krug, but it does mean he will be out of the lineup against Buffalo on Thursday. The blueliner notched five points in six games prior to getting hurt and will hope to keep rolling once given the all-clear. In his stead, Urho Vaakanainen should continue filling in on the third pairing.
News: Rask will be between the pipes at home versus Buffalo on Thursday.
Impact: Rask is 2-0-1 with a 2.27 GAA and .919 save percentage in his previous three appearances. While the Finnish netminder figures to continue seeing the bulk of the workload, backup Jaroslav Halak will still get the nod in plenty of games, likely in the 25-30 range. For his part, Rask's strong run of form could help him get back over the 30-win mark, something he missed last season for the first time since the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign.