McQuaid out vs. Panthers with 'minor' injury

McQuaid out vs. Panthers with 'minor' injury
March 14, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The Bruins will be down two skaters instead of one for tonight’s tilt against the Florida Panthers.

Everybody knows that Chris Kelly is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a broken left tibia, but B’s defenseman Adam McQuaid is also out for Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers. It appeared that McQuaid blocked a shot with his hand/arm in Tuesday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was in a fair amount of pain afterward. McQuaid didn’t finish out the game for the Bruins and was on the ice for Brandon Sutter’s game-tying goal when things started to go sour for the Black and Gold.

Claude Julien didn’t specify the nature of the injury, but indicated the 6-foot-5 defenseman would likely only miss the single game due to the “minor” issue.

“He’s day-to-day. It’s a minor injury and he won’t play tonight. But he’ll hopefully be good to go later on,” said Julien. “You’ll probably see a mixture of defensive partners tonight. There will be nothing unusual on our end.”

That means Aaron Johnson is in the lineup for the Bruins for the first time in 19 games. The Bruins reserve defenseman has appeared in four games this season with a minus-2 rating and four penalty minutes. It was also probably the right time for the B’s coaching staff to start handing out rest to some members of the defensemen corps that are struggling a bit right now.

So the B’s will be a bit undermanned in the department of good defensive zone players when they suit up against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.