BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk was able to finish out Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes after crashing feet-first into the boards in the third period, but he won’t be playing Monday night as a result of the collision.
The B’s defenseman who is seemingly impervious to pain was missing from the Monday morning skate at TD Garden, and Claude Julien said Boychuk was “too sore” to play against the Minnesota Wild in Monday night’s cross-conference tilt.
The sturdy blueliner crashed into the end boards after racing for a loose puck, and appeared to lose his balance on a slight shove to the lower back from Carolina forward Patrick Dwyer.
It doesn’t sound like anything overly serious, and Boychuk himself said that X-Rays were negative on his right leg following the game. With the Bruins 15 points and counting up in the divisional standings and leading the Eastern Conference by three points, it’s the perfect time to rest one of their cornerstone players.
“He didn’t skate this morning because he can’t. He’s too sore,” said Claude Julien. “So he’s day-to-day. It’s obviously from the incident the other night. He couldn’t skate this morning, so we’ll just go day-to-day with him.
“[The X-Rays] must have been negative since he tried to skate this morning, but there’s some damage in there obviously. When you go in feet-first with both his skates, and he kind of crashed in there and twisted. So it’s a little too sore to skate for him.”
Julien wouldn’t say whether Corey Potter will get in for the Bruins on Monday night vs. Minnesota, but he will skate during the warm-up with the six other healthy Bruins defensemen. Potter was one of the last players to come off the ice, so it doesn’t appear that he’ll be in Monday’s lineup, and that would leave Andrej Meszaros to once again man the right side.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, and should be getting the start against a Wild team that’s given Boston fits over the years.
Here are the expected line combos and D-pairings based on Monday’s morning skate: