The Boston Bruins have just disclosed a discouraging update on one of their stars following the NHL's Christmas break.
On Friday, the team announced that they've placed stalwart defenseman Torey Krug on injured reserve with what is being described as an upper-body injury.
Krug leads all Bruins blue-liners with five goals and 21 assists for 26 points this season. He suffered the injury in Boston's 7-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night, when winger Tom Wilson blindsided him as he was carrying the puck.
That didn't look like much, but it would be downright foolish to question the toughness of a hockey player, especially a defender of Krug's pedigree.
In a corresponding roster move, Boston recalled defenseman Steven Kampker from Providence. The 31-year-old has appeared in four games for the Bruins in 2019.
This news truly couldn't come at a worst time for head coach Bruce Cassidy, as his side won just two of their 10 last fixtures leading up to the holiday hiatus.
They'll look to rally as they take their Atlantic Division-leading 53 points into Friday night's clash against the Buffalo Sabres.