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Bruins Down on Defense: Stuart, Wideman Out

Mark Stuart (Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins defense is going to have some holes during their upcoming three-game road trip. Blueliners Mark Stuart is set to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken sternum suffered during Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and Dennis Wideman will miss at least Friday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury, but could potentially join the team for their contests against the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Ottawa Senators.

To fill in for Stuart, who has played in a team-high 196 consecutive games in Black & Gold, and Wideman, the Bruins called up defensemen Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid from Providence. Wozniewski, who is second on the P-Bruins in scoring with 23 points (6-17-23) in 29 games, will most likely play in Wideman’s slot, while McQuaid, will take Stuart’s spot as a result of their similar “stay-at-home” styles.

Analysis

These two injuries are the just the latest additions to an already long list of injuries this season for the Bruins. With Milan Lucic still out with a broken ankle, McQuaid and Wozniewski will have play up to their potential if the Bruins hope to continue their recent winning ways, especially with contests against Chicago, the Atlanta Thrashers, the New York Rangers, and the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.

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