The Canadiens weren’t the only ones with unfortunate injury news this morning as it looks like Derrick Brassard (upper body injury) will miss tonight’s game after being forced to leave Game 1 after taking a hit from Mike Weaver early in the first period.
Brassard did skate with his teammates this morning, but did not participate in line rushes. In his absence, Dominic Moore again centered Beniot Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello, while Brian Boyle centered a fourth line with Derek Dorsett and Dan Carcillo.
…while Canadiens fans are lamenting the loss of Price, this is a huge blow for the Rangers. Brassard was centering the Rangers most consistent line this postseason, and while Moore did an admirable job filling in, the French Canadian’s absence will be a major detriment to the offense.
…since the news broke about Price missing the remainder of the series, I’ve seen plenty of Canadiens fans defend their outrage by stating Rangers fans would be doing the same thing if it happened to Hank. Yes, a certain portion of the fan base would collectively lose their minds (myself included), but if you look at our lack of rage to the Brassard injury, I’m not so sure. While Weaver had zero intent to injure Brassard and I didn’t have a problem with the check, Rangers fans could have easily had a gripe with a hit that was not only late but a blatant interference.