Patrice Bergeron to miss at least Bruins’ next two games

Matt Kalman
November 25, 2019 - 1:49 pm

The Bruins headed on a Patrice Bergeron-less two-game road trip Monday.

Bergeron, who missed the Bruins’ games Nov. 16 and 19 with a lower-body injury, did not travel with Boston to Montreal and he will not face the Canadiens on Tuesday or the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

“Lower body, not going to travel,” coach Bruce Cassidy said after practice Monday. “Again, other than that, no timeline on it. We just want to make sure when he’s in the lineup he’s not going to put himself at further risk. So the medical staff will stay on top of it and go from there.”

Asked if this injury is similar to what kept Bergeron out earlier this month, Cassidy said:

“It’s similar, same area. So again, they think this is the best way to go for now.”

Bergeron nursed a groin injury in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and then attempted to rest the injury over the summer. He opted for a PRP shot in August, which kept him out of the Bruins’ lineup until their last preseason game.

He was off the ice for four days while missing the two games this month, but then returned Thursday against Buffalo and played again Saturday against Minnesota. He’s averaged 18:50 of ice time this season, similar to his average ice time last season. Against Buffalo he skated for 18:16, but against Minnesota he played just 16:40, despite the Bruins going on the penalty kill seven times.

In his place, Cassidy is expected to put David Krejci at center with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, reuniting The Near Perfection Line that helped Boston beat New Jersey and get one point against Washington during Bergeron’s last absence.

Other injuries

In less significant news, Brett Ritchie’s upper-body injury has flared up again and he also did not travel with the Bruins Monday.

“I think they’re going to look at a little more long term, how to deal with it so it doesn’t come back,” Cassidy said. …

Par Lindholm (laceration) missed the Bruins’ last game but should be able to return in Montreal.

Providence shuttle

Jack Studnicka and Brendan Gaunce were called up from Providence (AHL) for the road trip. This will be Studnicka's first NHL stint.

He has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 21 games this season for the P-Bruins during his first pro season.

“He’s been very consistent. … playing in all facets of the game,” Cassidy said about Studnicka. “Our concern with him coming up, I guess when he left here, would be in his first recall is how’s his strength going to be. So we’ll see if he’s the guy going in there, we’ll find out. He’s handled it well down there.”

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