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Noel Acciari (hand) expected to miss at least one game

Ty Anderson
October 06, 2017 - 1:26 am

The Bruins have so many injuries right now that even head coach Bruce Cassidy found himself struggling to remember exactly what it was that knocked forward Noel Acciari out of Thursday’s season-opening 4-3 victory over the Predators.

“He’s a lower body. I forget what they – upper body? Depends if he’s waving at you or if he’s tying his shoes I guess,” Cassidy, racking his own brain to remember the details of the latest injury dealt to the Bruins, said. “I know he’s going to be out for a little bit. I don’t know the exact extent, but we don’t anticipate having him in Monday.”

Already down Patrice Bergeron (lower-body), David Backes (diverticulitis), and Torey Krug (nondisplaced fracture in his jaw), Acciari’s injury appeared to come on a penalty-killing effort that saw him take a puck off his left hand.

It also means that the Bruins head into the weekend with just 11 healthy forwards.

“We don’t play till Monday. Tomorrow is a schedule off day, so we have a little time to think about it,” Cassidy said of a potential call-up. “I suspect we will revisit the lineup in the morning. But we will have to. [Patrice Bergeron] we said was day-to-day. We’ve lost Noel [Acciari] and [David] Backes for a little longer period of time. If Bergy is ready to go, then we’ll have our twelve. If not, then we’ll have to look at Providence.”

Acciari had two goals and five points in 29 games with the Big B's last season, and contributed two shots, one hit, and one blocked shot in under five minutes of ice-time in Thursday's contest before his early exit.