Patrice Bergeron could be among Bruins making return from injury Tuesday

Matt Kalman
November 18, 2019 - 12:53 pm

The Bruins got a glimpse at what life without Patrice Bergeron could be like this season, and they’re ready for it to end.

Bergeron, who missed Boston’s 3-2 shootout loss to Washington on Saturday, did not practice Monday but will travel to New Jersey for the Bruins’ game on Tuesday and will be a game-time decision, according to coach Bruce Cassidy.

Although the Bruins nearly stole two points from the Capitals before blowing a lead with less than a minute to play in regulation, Boston was outshot 44-23 and clearly missed Bergeron’s presence. His absence from the power play was also felt, as Boston went 0-for-3 one night after going 0-for-2 in a 4-2 win at Toronto.

The Bruins’ power play has also been without its main engine Torey Krug. Matt Grzelcyk has filled in for Krug.

“We weren’t crisp anywhere [Saturday>,” Cassidy said. “Some of that was Grizz, certainly first pass on the breakout needs to be cleaner, decisions up top. We weren’t very creative it looked like. And then when we were, we hit a couple seams, we didn’t shoot the puck. Like [David Krejci> on the elbow’s more of a pass-first guy, I’d like to see him shoot from over there and play off the shot a little more.

“That’s where we miss probably Bergy more than anybody. In the bumper he will get it at the net and then from there, typically when we’re effective, we recover pucks, get teams running around. So … I thought Bergy was a big loss the other day as much as Torey. … We lacked some chemistry the other day and it showed.”

Jake DeBrusk (lower body) and Brett Ritchie (upper body) both practiced and will be game-time decisions as well for Boston.

Torey Krug (upper body), David Backes (upper body) and Kevan Miller (knee) did not practice. Krug could be back later in the week, according to Cassidy, and Miller could be in the lineup sometime next week despite having a couple days off.

John Moore (shoulder) continued to practice with the team but his timetable is still unclear.

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