There’s no secret that the Habs and B’s aren’t the best of franchise friends. But during the preseason, where rosters are largely filled up with players who have yet to participate in the heated rivalry, so there should be expectations of a lower-impact game, right? WRONG.
This week, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins squared off in Quebec City (to a shockingly only half sold-out crowd). Boston had played the Red Wings on Tuesday. The game in itself was not a violent affair, but that didn’t stop the pre-season injury count from rising by one more.
The casualties of these meaningless contests were Montreal’s defenceman Noah Juulsen and Boston’s Torey Krug.
Krug took a nasty puck to the face against the Wings on Tuesday, leaving him in a crumpled heap on the ice. He will miss the rest of the preseason with a non-displaced fracture of the jaw. He should be cleared to play when the regular season officially begins on the 4th of October.
Juulsen will miss the rest of camp and some extra time, as he is out for six weeks with a broken foot. It is a shame, as he was on the fast track to making the big team after two seasons with Everett Silvertips of the WHL, where last season he tallied 12 goals and 12 assists in a career-low 49 games.
“We like the way he skates and his transition game,” [Claude] Julien told reporters after the game in Quebec City. “He’s going to get a chance to make this team and if he doesn’t he’s not going to be too far away.”
All of the injuries piling up in these meaningless games makes me question whether the NHL should reduce the number of games played, or perhaps add two games to each team’s regular season and wipe out the exhibition schedule altogether.
Speedy recovery to both players!