Boston Bruins Defense Has Been Bitten with the Injury Bug

December 22nd, 2009 by Ryan Pickard Leave a reply »
The Boston Bruins defense is starting to get the injury bug already. We are just 35 games into the season, but already Boston has had to start three different defensemen from the Providence Bruins.

The latest injury was to Mark Stuart, who was one of the Bruins' best defensemen. Stuart is going to be out for the next four-to-six weeks, which is a huge loss to a defense that has already been weakened. With the loss of Stuart the B's also lose a lot of physical play. Aside from Milan Lucic, Stuart was the Bruins best checker.

The defense also lost Dennis Wideman for a week but he returned in last night's game against Ottawa. Wideman was one of the leaders for the Bruins in time on ice. With his loss, the rest of the defense had to step up and fill in the minutes that Wideman normally would have played.

The players from Providence have stepped in nicely, though, and made it seem as though Wideman and Stuart were never lost. Johnny Boychuck has played 10 games for the Bruins so far, recording two goals and an assist.

Boychuck, who has spent most of his time in Providence since being traded for by the Bruins in 2008, has played tremendousl ...

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