Boston Bruins Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: The surgery that will sideline Bjork for 5-to-6 months addressed an issue in the same (left) shoulder that he had a season-ending procedure on last February, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: It's a tough break for one of the Bruins' top forward prospects, but hopefully what the team calls a "successful" procedure allows the 22-year-old to approach next season healthy enough to make a run for a full-time roster spot with the big club. The 2014 fifth-rounder has five goals and 15 points to his credit in 50 NHL games over the last two seasons, not eye-popping numbers, but the Notre Dame product has flashed potential at times, notably displaying swift skating ability and strong puck skills.
News: Forsbacka-Karlsson registered an assist on the game-winning goal during Thursday's 5-2 win over the Blues.
Impact: Chris Wagner buried the goal on the breakaway but it was Forsbacka-Karlsson who set the play in motion with a pass clean through the neutral zone. The 22-year-old now has eight points in 27 games this season.
News: Rask is slated to start Saturday's game against the Rangers, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Rask's win in Boston's 5-2 decision over the Blues on Thursday was his 252nd, a mark that ties the 31-year-old with Tiny Thompson for the franchise high in that category. In addition to the milestone, Rask's 28-save effort against St. Louis gives him a 6-0-1 record since Dec. 29. Meanwhile, backup Jaroslav Halak, who started the season strong, has faltered of late. Given that context, as well as the fact the Bruins are as healthy as they have been all season, Rask profiles as a solid fantasy option at this stage of the campaign. On Saturday, he'll take aim at a Rangers squad that has won three of four games following a five-game slide earlier this month.
News: Chara picked up an assist and a fighting major during a 5-2 win over the Blues on Thursday.
Impact: It has been a down season offensively for the 41-year-old, but Chara still manages to be an effective presence in every game he plays. His fight with Patrick Maroon in Thursday's contest was his first of the season -- he averages two fights per season the last few years.
News: McAvoy collected an assist during Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Blues.
Impact: The assist is McAvoy's first point since returning from a foot injury Jan 12. The young defenseman has looked good when he's played but has unfortunately been limited with injuries, skating in only 21 games and registering 12 points.
News: Kuraly scored his fifth goal in 13 games to cap off a 5-2 win over the Blues on Thursday.
Impact: While the goal did come with the Blues' net empty, Kuraly has still had an impressive streak since mid-December. Over his last 109 games, Kuraly had only seven goals but seems to have found the scoring touch the Bruins wanted out of him when they gave him the third-line center job to open the season.
News: Bjork will miss 5-to-6 months after undergoing shoulder surgery, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This counts as the second shoulder operation for Bjork since last February, with the 22-year-old having sustained his latest injury on that front Dec. 30. A fleet-footed forward with quick hands, Bjork fashioned two goals and 11 assists over 33 games between the Bruins and AHL Providence this season. With the Baby Bruins unlikely to make the playoffs, Bjork might have to target a return for the next training camp.