Brad Marchand came to the defense of teammate Torey Krug via Twitter on Thursday after NBC Sports writer Joe Haggerty suggested the Boston Bruins may be a better team without the blue-liner in the lineup.
Krug has missed 14 games due to injury this season, including the last three. The Bruins are 8-4-2 without him in the lineup.
The 27-year-old's 48 points lead all Bruins defensemen and rank fifth overall on the team. He's been the league's sixth-best blue-liner so far this year, according to Corsica's player ratings.