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Bruins healthy scratch Krug for first time this season

Mar 13, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT


Rookie defenseman Torey Krug has been dropped from the Boston lineup for the first time this year, the club has announced.

The decision was made just prior to tonight’s Bruins-Coyotes game at TD Garden.

Krug, 22, leads all rookie defensemen — and Bruins defensemen — in scoring this year with 12 goals and 35 points, and has been a mainstay on the blueline all season long, averaging 17:23 TOI per game.

That said, Krug has just one point in his last seven games and has seen his minutes decrease recently, playing just over 12 minutes against the Rangers last week and 14:58 in last night’s win over Montreal.

The Bruins are also looking at a variety of different line combinations and pairings on defense lately, having picked up Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter at the trade deadline.


  1. joey4id - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Well! It’s about time. He’s been nothing but captain giveaway since the holiday break. He’s one of the most overrated d men in the league.

    • Moop - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      He’s an incredibly gifted offensive talent on defense and has been a huge part in reviving the Bruins’ power play this season. Nobody ever said he was the best defensive guy in the world.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Isn’t that how they determine the Norris winner now?

    • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:15 PM


    • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Only reason Krug is a healthy scratch is because he’s played so much…this would’ve been the second back-to-back this week.

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

        Really! I don’t think so. You haven’t played that much when you’re ranked at 171 in the league for average time-on-ice per game for a d man.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Undiagnosed personality disorder.

    • kay89belletire - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Krug has 13 goals and is the best young D-Man in the league

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

        I prefer Bartkowski over Krug.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Joey likes showing off his lack of hockey knowledge on a regular basis. When he was an impressionable youngster his parents told him he was a hockey savant, having discovered the likes of Gretzky, Chelios and Bure and that one day he would be a great coach or scout of talent. Now that he’s grown up, his “expertise” consists of going on these boards and uttering such nonsense as “Jonathan Toews is a detriment to his team in the defensive zone”.

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:22 AM

        Lack of hockey knowledge? My uncanny ability to predict months ahead of time what will happen and my accuracy rating clearly depicts that my hockey knowledge is more superior than the that of the average fan. If you have doubts, then I can always repost previous comments. :-) I understand that to err is human, so if you correct the quote in your comment by replacing Toews with Ovechkin, then you will have accurately reposted one of my previous comments.

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:42 AM

        Do you remember what I said back in October about the Flyers when they were 1 7 0. “I don’t like their chances on making the playoffs because they’ll need to be 8 games over .500 to make the playoffs.” They are 33 25 (8 games over .500) and hold the last wild card spot today. C’mon! Not bad. Eh! More impressive will be their ability to finish in the top 8 which I still doubt. It’s a long season and to have to come back from such a very poor start is very taxing.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      We all know the “4id” in your name means you have four IDs on this site.

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Dang! Now that I have been unmasked for the fraud I’m not I might as well change my id to joey4ids or 4ids4joey. Which do you prefer? 😜

  2. slaugin - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    He is the main cog on a potent Power Play. Something the Bruins haven’t had in years

    • bencia823 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      the amount of goals that his defense costs the bruins outweighs the amount that he helps them score on the PP. The guy should be playing forward.

      • Moop - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        I would say it’s the other way around… the Bruins have enough depth and skill all around on their team to allow for one defenseman to provide tremendous offense and be a little lackluster defensively. Keep in mind he’s only 22, there’s plenty of time for the growth of his defensive game.

  3. tlndma - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Krug struggles against the smaller quicker guys. When he goes up against bigger teams , he is able to use his quickness to his advantage. Against players of his own size, who are quick like him (Montreal) he is less effective.

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