It has been nearly a week since the Boston Bruins took to the ice. This is thanks to the team’s COVID problems, which put their season on pause.
Details on the Team’s COVID-19 Problems
Four Bruins players were added to the COVID protocol list Thursday. As a result, two of the Bruins’ games were postponed by the NHL.
However, these four players are only an addition to another player who entered the protocol list previously.
The players include: Sean Kuraly, David Pastrnak, David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk and Craig Smith.
Thanks to dealing with many players testing positive for COVID-19, the Bruins’ season has been put to a pause.
The Problems the Bruins Still Must Face
While the Bruins’ COVID-19 problems have cleared up, there are more problems the Bruins and GM Don Sweeney must deal with.
The Bruins are looking to resume practice today so they will be ready to play in their home matchup against the New York Islanders.That is, unless things change between the next couple of days.
In addition, there will likely still be some players that still won’t be able to play in Thursday’s game (if the game goes on as scheduled).
This leads into further problems on the Bruins part. Depending on who will be able to play or who will be out, the Bruins may need to make some changes to the roster and use players from their taxi squad.
While these are the concerning factors the Bruins must deal with, there is some good news for fans. They will be allowed to attend Thursday’s game.
What’s Coming Up Next
The Bruins have been performing great lately, despite the problems they have faced. On March 18, they won 4-1 against the Sabres, improving their record to 16-8-4 in the East Division.
Thursday’s matchup against the Islanders will prove challenging. The Islanders are 21-8-4 and hold 1st place in the East Division. The Bruins will be competing against a powerful team that has won their last two games.
Recently, in the Islanders’ 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia, the Islanders had a slow, but good start. They trailed 1-0 after two periods, but the team was able to tie the game up to force overtime. Anthony Beauvillier provided the game winning goal in OT.
On top of that, the Islanders were able to maintain a solid goalkeeping performance by Ilya Sorokin who saved 36 out of 37 shots thrown at him during their matchup with the Flyers.
The Bruins will certainly have a tough game to play Thursday, This marks the first time the Bruins have took to the ice in almost a week. Additionally, there will likely be some roster changes, which may play a factor during their matchup.
It will be interesting to see how the Bruins perform during their big matchup and how they handle the recent shakeup in their season.