OTTAWA — David Krejci and Colin Miller, both on the sidelines here Saturday for Game 2 of the Bruins-Senators series, could be back in the lineup Monday at TD Garden for Game 3, according to Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.
But it’s the postseason and all NHL clubs still in the mix guard injury information with the secrecy that Coca-Cola maintains around its legacy soft drink.
Cassidy, when asked the status of injured defensemen Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug, only shared that it appears Carlo has a better chance of returning sooner than Krug, who has been sidelined 10 days with a wrenched knee. But, as Cassidy spoke, the status of the two blueliners became muddled.
“They’re progressing, but again the focus has been more on the guys who are here,” said Cassidy. “They’re important players for us, don’t get me wrong. When we get back to Boston, we’ll have a better idea.”
Carlo’s progress, added the coach, “is coming,” while Krug is “still day to day.”
“Different injuries,” added Cassidy. “With Brandon we are hopeful he will be in sooner than later. With Torey, again, it’s day to day, we can’t speculate on him.”
Switch on the power
Drew Stafford, who scored the opening goal, continued his life as a converted right winger, riding left side on the No. 2 line with Ryan Spooner in the middle and David Backes on the right. Stafford, a righthanded shot, has spent the bulk of his career on the right wing but has been employed frequently on his off wing since the Bruins acquired him from Winnipeg at the trade deadline.
“I believe in my ability to try to move to different parts of the lineup, different sides,” said Stafford, now in his 11th NHL season. “I have enough confidence in myself that I can contribute any way possible, especially now, given the circumstances of the way the lineup’s gone. Whether I am on the left or the right, I am here to do my best to help this team win games and contribute any way I can.”
Backes checks in
After 10 years in St. Louis, half of them as captain of the Blues, Backes can’t help but keep tabs on his old team during the playoffs. On Friday night, the Blues moved to a 2-0 series lead over the Wild in their first-round series.
“A lot of good friends there, it’s good to see them having success,” said Backes, who left the Blues last summer for his five-year, $30 million deal with the Black and Gold. “I think all the series so far are close, one-goal games, with a chance that they’ll go six or seven games. Again, a battle of wills, who’s going to stay with it the longest — and, yeah [St. Louis] is one I am certainly keeping my eyes on.
“It’s a great time of year when you’ve got some down time, especially on the road, you’re with the guys in the hotel and you watch a couple of games, what they’re doing, seeing what gives them success this time of year.
“It just makes you better. It kind of brings you back to your youth hockey days, hanging out in the hotel, watching other games, or talking about what’s going on with other teams.”
Subban on call
The Bruins recalled goalie Malcolm Subban from AHL Providence on an emergency basis Friday. According to Cassidy, backup goalie Anton Khudobin “is still dealing with a few things” after a recent bout with a virus that last Monday had Khudobin undergoing tests at Mass. General Hospital.
“We want to have a guy in-house if something were to happen,” said Cassidy.
Come game time, Subban remained on the sidelines and Khudobin was Tuukka Rask’s backup.
“I would think in the regular season we wouldn’t go to this extreme,” added Cassidy, “but it’s too important now.”