Charlie McAvoy Out Four Weeks with Sprained MCL
The Boston Bruins depth will be tested for the rest of the regular season, as the injury bug has hit defender Charlie McAvoy.
McAvoy will be out of the Bruins lineup for at least the next four weeks with a sprained left MCL. The 20-year-old picked up the injury just 37 seconds into Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens after McAvoy tripped awkwardly over the stick of Canadiens forward Brandon Gallagher.
McAvoy played on the top defensive pair alongside Zdeno Chara and he averaged over 22 minutes a game. The right-handed defenseman has seven goals and 25 assists in 59 games played. McAvoy is currently tied for 6th among the best plus minus in the NHL with a plus 26. The Bruins hope McAvoy will be ready to go by playoff time when the regular season ends on April 7th.
With the injury to McAvoy, the Bruins will revert back to last season’s top pair with Chara and 21-year-old Brandon Carlo. The B’s are hoping they can get more out of Carlo then what he has given so far this season. Carlo is excited for the opportunity and is ready for the challenge. “I think it’s part of being in the league, and of being ready and being prepared. It’s part of being a pro, I guess you could say, that you’ve got to step up to the challenge when it comes. You look forward to it. I like to challenge myself each and every day”. The Colorado native also acknowledged his up and down season. “Even during my ups and downs, I appreciate the downs because I think it makes me a better player. So, during this stretch I’ll just go out, work hard and talk to Zee as much as I can on the ice, so he doesn’t yell at me on the bench.”
The Bruins will look to trade deadline acquisition Nick Holden to help round out the top 4 with Torey Krug. Holden has enjoyed the change of scenery and currently has an assist in each of his first three games as a Bruin. The top six will round out with Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk. Veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid is currently the odd man out, but he will be ready to come in should another injury occur, or other players start to struggle.