Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk will miss both games this weekend, notes Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston. Head coach Bruce Cassidy noted that DeBrusk is “not feeling well physically” which has led to some speculation he may be dealing with a delayed onset of concussion symptoms after he took a puck to the head late last month; the winger indicated he wasn’t feeling particularly well on Thursday against Tampa Bay either. His absence will open up a spot for center Gemel Smith who was acquired via waivers earlier this week.
More from around the hockey world:
- Although he has resumed skating, Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley will miss his fifth straight game tonight due to a lower-body injury, reports Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press. The 35-year-old is off to a quiet start to his season with just a single goal and four assists through 21 games. That means that Luke Witkowski will likely be counted on to serve as a defenseman once again; he has predominantly played on the wing this year.
- Winger Jussi Jokinen is no longer with Kloten of the Swiss NLB. A report from Roland Jauch of Tages Anzeiger mentions that he has returned to his home in Florida and is hoping to get a look with an NHL team. If the 35-year-old is unable to land a deal in North America, it’s believed that he’s opening to returning to Switzerland although it wouldn’t be surprising if he landed with a team in the top division this time around.
- The Blackhawks announced that they have placed defenseman Gustav Forsling on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The placement was made retroactive to December 5th so he’ll be eligible to be activated as soon as Wednesday. Taking his place on the active roster is fellow blueliner Connor Murphy who was activated off IR. He’s expected to make his season debut on Sunday against Montreal.