Forward Josh Jooris, who left Wednesday night’s game late in the first period, has a separated shoulder and is out indefinitely, coach Alain Vigneault said.
Jooris, who played only four shifts, probably will be placed on injured reserve, Vigneault said.
That will ease the pressure of having to waive a player to get down to 23 (13 healthy forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders) when both Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider return from injuries. Buchnevich (back spasms) could play tomorrow in Carolina; Kreider (neck strain) has not practiced and is day-to-day.
Dan Girardi, crosschecked in the face by the Bruins’ David Pastrnak while he was looking to glove down a puck in the neutral zone at 10:55 of the second period, wanted to watch a replay of the hit before commenting.
“I didn’t really see him coming,” said Girardi, who underwent concussion protocol before returning to the game. “Hit me directly in the face; better than getting hit in the forehead. I’ll take a look at it and we can talk about it [Thursday].”
Pastrnak was assessed only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Logging a little more than 25 minutes a game hasn’t affected captain Ryan McDonagh. In fact, through the first seven games of the season, he has six assists and is a plus-2. But Vig neault wants to cut the defenseman’s average time on ice as the season unfolds.
“Our record is really good when he plays 25 minutes or more, [22-1-2 in the past 25 games],” Vigneault said. “I probably prefer to keep him around 23-to-24 minutes.”
In Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over Boston, McDonagh logged 23:29.