BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins will be without Brandon Carlo for Saturday night’s rematch against the Tampa Bay Lightning, presumably out with a concussion after getting elbowed in the face by Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov a couple of days ago.
The 23-year-old Carlo was at the Bruins practice facility on Saturday morning, but didn’t step on the ice with the team with what’s being called an upper-body injury. Carlo will be replaced in the lineup by defenseman John Moore, who hasn’t played a game in more than a month since the B’s opted for Jeremy Lauzon, 22, in the lineup.
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“He didn’t skate, so until he’s skating again we won’t have a better idea [on a return to the lineup],” said Bruce Cassidy of Carlo, who has four goals, 19 points, and a plus-16 in 67 games this season while topping 20 minutes of ice time per game. “We have lots of good players that we can plug in there, but we’d rather have Brandon healthy and ready to go. He’s one of the most underrated defensemen in the National Hockey League when it comes to defending, penalty killing and playing in a shutdown role. He’s grown his offensive game, so we’ll miss him for sure.
“John Moore is going in and playing on his off-side, so it will be a challenge for him. We also have [Connor Clifton] that could get back in there on his natural right side. But [Moore] has played more recently so he’ll get in there.”
Clearly, the Bruins will miss Carlo’s size, strength and ability to close down offensive plays while he’s out of the lineup, and that might call for young D-man Lauzon to play a bigger role until Carlo is ready to return.
Otherwise, Anders Bjork will also sit again for the Bruins with Sean Kuraly getting bumped up to the third line wing with Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk. Tuukka Rask will get the start against the Lightning after being victorious against the Bolts on Tuesday night in Tampa.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings, based on Saturday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena:
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