BOSTON -- The Bruins will be without Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (lower body) for Monday afternoon’s matinee against the Tampa Bay Lightning after he went down with what appeared to be a groin/hip injury in the first period of Saturday’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He’s not playing today,” said coach Claude Julien. “I don’t know. They haven’t told us if it’s day-to-day, or if it’s a week plus. I don’t have the answer. All I can tell you is that he’s not playing today.”
McQuaid has a goal and three points along with a plus-7 in 15 games, and had formed a rock-solid young defensive pairing with Torey Krug through the first month of the season. The Bruins will miss the 6-foot-5 defenseman’s toughness and strength around the front of the net, and will have to accentuate the speed and transition game featured by Krug, Dougie Hamilton and McQuaid’s replacement, Matt Bartkowski.
Bartkowski will get the call in McQuaid’s place for his fourth appearance of the season, and his first since a November 2 loss to the New York Islanders. The 25-year-old Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch in nine of the last 10 B’s games, unable to crack a relatively healthy Bruins blueline. But that appears to be changing with McQuaid's injury.
It’s expected the Bruins coaching staff might change up the defensemen pairings and attempt to put each one of the young guys (Krug, Hamilton and Bartkowski) alongside one of the three remaining veteran D-men in Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg.