They subsequently rinsed out their vinegar on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over the lowly Calgary Flames, their second win in that matchup in as many weeks. They thus improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games, 4-0-1 in their last five and 3-0-1 in their last four.
Each game that began each of those spans was preceded with more injury news―and, in one case, suspension news that everyone was likely expecting for a week.
Facing Calgary and the Edmonton Oilers, the plebeians of the Pacific Division, a combined three times has likely helped the Bruins retain a characteristic output in the “W” column. But head coach Claude Julien and/or at least one of his players have alluded to not-so-perfect performances in those three games when speaking to NHL.com reporters on the scene.
While the active personnel would be right to shun excuses, it is safe to imagine that the presence of some of these injured players could have made a difference. They could have relieved the reserves of excess pressure and given Julien more convincing options when an in-game shake-up was needed.
The following is a capsule of the five skaters in question, their respective statuses and how the team is faring in the effort to fill their voids.