Bruins potential star defenseman out ‘week to week’ , Coach Jim Montgomery report

Rookie Mason Lohrei was called up to fill in.
The news could have been worse, but the Bruins will have to cope without Hampus Lindholm for a while.

Coach Jim Montgomery told reporters in Edmonton that Lindholm will be out “week to week” but will not need surgery. At the very least, he will miss the challenging four-game road trip that was scheduled to begin Wednesday against the surging Oilers, who had won 20 of their last 23 games.

Lindholm seemed to suffer a leg injury midway through the third period of Monday’s 4-3 shootout victory after colliding with Dallas Stars forward Ty Dellandrea. He left the game and did not return.

Lindholm’s point production has dropped this season (1-18-19 in 56 games), but he will be missed. He ranks second on the team in ice time, averaging 23:42.

Mason Lohrei, a rookie defenseman, was brought up from Providence and replaced Lindholm on the second pairing alongside Brandon Carlo, as well as on the second power play unit.

Though Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm didn't feel well in the morning,  at game time he was in the starting lineup - The Boston Globe

In 27 games with the big club, Lohrei recorded 3-3-6 totals and was minus-4. In 17 games with Providence, he had 1-12-13 totals and was +13. Lohrei got a gash on his leg from a skate that caused him to miss a short period of time, but he had returned to action in Providence before being called up.

“He’s been a great player for us both times he’s come up from Providence. Our assumption is that we know who he is, that he is a good hockey player, that he has helped us win a lot of hockey games this season, and that he will do so again,” Montgomery stated.

The only other alteration to the lineup was Parker Wotherspoon replacing Kevin Shattenkirk on the third pairing. Wotherspoon has been scratched for the previous two games.

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