Snapping a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs Friday in Toronto didn’t come without a price for the Boston Bruins as head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media prior to his team’s big tilt with the Washington Capitals that top center Patrice Bergeron (lower-body) will not play Saturday night. Forward Paul Carey, who was recalled from Providence just prior to the game, will draw in for his first game with the Bruins this season.
“Bergy has a lower-body that we’re going to be careful with,” Cassidy said. “He finished the game last night, so we don’t want it to linger. Paul goes in for him. We’ll move some lines around. [David] Krejci will center ‘March’ [Brad Marchand] and ‘Pasta’ [David Pastrnak]; [Sean] Kuraly’s line will stay the same; [Charlie] Coyle gets [Anders] Bjork on the left and [Danton] Heinen on the right. [Trent] Frederic left, [Par] Lindholm, Carey on the right. So that one’s a little bit of a thrown together line, you may see some different combinations but that’s how we’re gonna start.”
Cassidy wouldn’t let on to exactly what Bergeron’s injury was but did say if Saturday wasn’t the second game of a back-to-back for the Bruins, Bergeron would likely play. For now, though, the Bruins would rather use caution with their best all-around player.
“I’m not going to say it’s new, old or somewhere in between,” Cassidy said. “He finished the game last night in a little bit of discomfort. if it wasn’t a back-to-back, we’d hope he’d play the next game but because it is back-to-back, we just want to be careful. We don’t want it to be he ends up missing four or five games or something worse. So he gets the day off. I think they call it in Canada, ‘The Raptors Load Management’ so maybe we’ll label it that for now and see how he is for our next game in Jersey.”
The Bruins also place defenseman Torey Krug (upper-body) on injured reserve prior to the game but Cassidy indicated that was likely more a salary cap move to clear a roster spot for Carey.