The Bruins will be without defenseman Brandon Carlo for a little while. The team announced today that Carlo will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis due to an upper-body injury sustained on Thursday against Pittsburgh. It was just his second game back in the lineup after returning from a concussion but this injury isn’t related to that and is instead below the neck. Carlo is a big part of Boston’s back end, averaging more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career in a predominantly shutdown role and would likely be at that average this season had it not been for the two games he was injured early.
More injury news from around the league:
- Florida is getting some good news on the injury front today. Jameson Olive of the Panthers’ team site notes that center Aleksander Barkov and winger Patric Hornqvist are set to return tonight against Columbus. Barkov had missed the last six games with a lower-body injury while Hornqvist had missed five in a row with an undisclosed injury. Despite missing those contests, they sit second and fourth respectively in team scoring.
- Avalanche winger Logan O’Connor was frequently recalled from the taxi squad in recent weeks but that won’t be the case for a while. Peter Baugh of The Athletic relays (Twitter link) that O’Connor will be out for several weeks due to a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old has five points in 22 games this season.
- Nashville’s long injury list has been expanded once again as the Predators announced (Twitter link) that defenseman Alexandre Carrier will miss three to five weeks with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old has logged more than 20 minutes a night over 15 games on an injury-riddled back end after playing in just five career NHL games heading into this season. The Preds have also transferred Mark Borowiecki (upper body) to injured reserve; he was previously listed as being out week-to-week. Luca Sbisa and Ryan Ellis are Nashville’s other rearguards that are out of the lineup.