Boychuk to miss second straight game

Boychuk to miss second straight game
March 18, 2014, 6:30 pm
(USA Today Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. – Johnny Boychuk will miss his second straight game with lower body soreness after a feet-first crash into the boards in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes last weekend.

Boychuk finished the game against the Canes following the third period incident with Patrick Dwyer, but there is no real reason to push the 30-year-old Boychuk back into the lineup. The Bruins have a deep group of defensemen all looking for playing time, and Corey Potter is still looking for his Boston debut after joining the team via waivers at the trade deadline.

The fact Boychuk did make the three-game trip, though, does portend a good chance he may return to the lineup in the next couple of games vs. the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes.

“He’s doing better, but he’s not in tonight. Hopefully the next game is an opportunity, so we’ll wait and see,” said Julien. “It’s a bruise. There’s nothing broken. He’s not comfortable in his boot.

“I’m not being overly cautious right now, but you’re not going to want to take that chance if he was 50/50.”

The Bruins would most likely rather see him practice on Thursday in Colorado before penciling him back into the lineup, but Claude Julien said Boychuk is experiencing discomfort putting his foot back into the skating boot. Until the pain level improves, he won’t be drawing back in for the Bruins. But on the good news side, Boychuk was able to walk around the Prudential Center without a limp on Tuesday afternoon and appears no worse for the wear.