BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid is out for Monday afternoon’s matinee against the Los Angeles Kings with a leg injury, per Claude Julien, but it isn’t expected to be a serious problem. That’s good news for a Black and Gold defenseman corps that endured a scourge of injuries this season.
Rookie Zach Trotman is making his second career NHL appearance with Boston.
McQuaid was knocked out of Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks midway through the second period, and that forced the Bruins into a five defensemen rotation for the rest of the game. McQuaid finished with an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:57 of ice time before suffering the injury, and he collected the helper on the first of Brad Marchand’s two goals in the game.
McQuaid has already missed 18 games with groin issues in two separate bouts with the injury earlier this season. Julien didn’t get any more specific than labeling it a “leg injury” for his veteran stay-at-home defenseman.
The 23-year-old Trotman skated 16 plus minutes in the Dec. 29 loss to the Ottawa Senators when Zdeno Chara was a last minute scratch, and had three shots on net while looking like he belonged in his big-league debut.
The last player taken in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman has four goals and 11 assists in 32 games while leading the Providence Bruins this season with a plus-13 rating.