The Boston Bruins take on the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night. They’ll be without Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, as Marchand is suspended while Bergeron is hurt, though Trent Frederic will return to the ice after a month-long injury.
Frederic will be making his return to the ice after a month-long upper-body injury. It’s quite the timing for the Bruins forward to come back, with the team missing two of its top forwards.
Patrice Bergeron has ‘no timeframe,’ is day-to-day
Bergeron will be out tonight vs. Carolina, as announced yesterday after missing practice due to his upper-body injury he suffered against the Penguins.
“He’s off again today,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said when asked if there’s an update on Bergeron “Everybody saw, he slid into the boards. He has a laceration on the back of his head. We’re taking it day by day — no timeframe whatsoever. Just worried about his health, like every other player, in terms of what the process is.”
The two team captains, Penguins All-Star Sidney Crosby, and Bergeron collided skate-to-skate in the third period Tuesday, sprawling Bergeron backward. Bergeron’s leg landed rather awkwardly while his head and shoulder slammed hard into the boards.
No talks between Bruins and David Krejci
Krejci and the Bruins split apart this offseason after the 35-year-old announced his retirement from the NHL. However, the Bruins forward has been representing his nation, Czech Republic, in this year’s Winter Olympics.
Sweeney was asked about a potential reunion, and if the team has had any communication with the longtime Bruin.
“I haven’t had, since the first of the year, any discussions with David in terms of what his plans were,” said Sweeney. “He made an indication around the holidays as to what he was staying and doing. I haven’t had any contact with him.
“I know he’s made some public comments, been asked questions, so he’s answered them…if the opportunity presents itself, I’m sure there will be several teams that will have the same conversation we would. But I haven’t had any.”
Bruins make roster move
Boston recalled forward Jack Studnicka and and defenseman Tyler Lewington from Providence today, the team announced. The Bruins also assigned forward Oskar Steen to Providence.
Steen, 23, has produced four goals across 19 NHL games this season with the Bruins, also scoring 10 goals through 16 AHL games. Studnicka, 22, has six goals this season with Providence (27 games), also scoring no goals through five games this season with Boston — he has just one goal through 27 career games with Boston. Studnicka will play on the third line with Frederic and Nick Foligno.
Lewington, 27, has one goal and three assists through 26 games with Providence this year. He’ll be a healthy scratch vs. Carolina.