As the Bruins head to Toronto on Tuesday night, they will be dressing a drastically different roster than the one to last face the Maple Leafs in December.
It's not, however, due to any wheeling or dealing by the Bruins at the trade deadline. Instead, it's just a reality that the team has come to deal with as more and more players go down with injuries.
Nathan Horton was the first Bruin to go down for an extended period of time, but he certainly wasn't the last. He's been joined on the sidelines by Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Daniel Paille and Tuukka Rask.
As the injuries have mounted, so has the frustration around this Bruins squad struggling to find its footing. The B's haven't won two games in a row since mid-January, and it seems that for every step the team takes forward in getting out of its slump, it ends up taking two steps backwards the next time out.
Obviously, injuries are playing a huge role in cramping the Bruins' style recently, and each injured player offers a different skill that the team appears to be sorely missing. While Jordan Caron and other youngsters have held their own when called up to the big show, it goes without saying that the Bruins are at their best when everybody is healthy.