By Kali Heffernan
It’s the midway point of the NHL 2013-2014 season and the Boston Bruins are doing incredible. With a 28-12-2 record, they are first in the division and second in the conference. Lately, there has been an injury plague throughout the team, starting on an explosive game vs. Pittsburgh on December 7th, where 3 players that started the game haven’t played since. Loui Eriksson has been out with a concussion. Chris Kelly has a broken fibula. Shawn Thornton is serving his 15- game suspension. The injuries don’t seem to end. The next game, Dougie Hamilton sustained a lower body injury & Daniel Paille suffered a concussion. A few games later, Carl Soderberg sustained a concussion. Zdeno Chara missed a few games with an undisclosed lower body injury. Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL and ACL.
With all these injuries, the Bruins have had to call up some kids from Providence. They called up defenseman Kevan Miller, David Warsofsky, and Zack Trotman, who all made their NHL debuts this season, and for Miller & Warsofsky, scored their first NHL goals. They also called up forwards Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Nick Johnson & Justin Florek. It has taken some adjusting, but the kids are fitting in good with the team.
Right now, the Bruins are in the middle of what will most likely be the toughest two weeks of the season, traveling to California to take on the Anaheim Ducks, who are undefeated at home, the LA Kings, and the San Jose Sharks. After the California road trip, the Bruins will return home for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and then travel to Dallas and, for the first time since the Stanly Cup Final, Chicago.
Even with all the injuries and the young guys having to step up, there is still another half season of hockey left to play. This is definitely a very promising year for the Boston Bruins.