BRIGHTON, Mass – The Boston Bruins will be without Patrice Bergeron for at least one more game as the 36-year-old center won’t be making the trip to Montreal for Monday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
“He was in today, but won’t travel so he’s out for Montreal,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “He’ll be reevaluated later in the week, so we’ll put him as a possibility for Thursday…but it’s not for sure.”
Bergeron will have now missed the last three games with an upper body injury that’s reportedly related to some kind of possible infection, but the hope was that he’d be able to suit up Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Making things a little more complicated, rookie center Jack Studnicka was also missing from the Sunday morning practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena after blocking a shot in Friday night’s win over the Winnipeg Jets while playing in Bergeron’s spot.
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said he expected Studnicka to make the trip to Montreal but was unsure if he’d be able to play. If Studnicka can’t play then the Boston Bruins might see the NHL debut of the newly signed Marc McLaughlin out of Boston College, who drew comparisons from the B’s coach to Noel Acciari for his straight-line style and versatility.
The Boston Bruins called McLaughlin up to Boston on Sunday on an emergency basis with both Bergeron and Studnicka banged up at the moment.
“I talked to Jerry [York] the other day. Loves him as a person and I think was his captain for two years. Has a bit of Noel [Acciari] in his game in terms of straight-line [play] and that’s why he’s been both center and winger in his career,” said Cassidy. “I think Noel was prominently a center at Providence [College], but we used him in both spots. But I don’t want to pigeonhole anybody.
“I know he shoots the puck hard and had some power play goals, so that’s an area where maybe if we have a guy missing from the bumper [on the PP] he could add something. It sounds like he’s a Bruin. Hard-working guy, straight-line player and will give it his all every night.”
Here’s the Boston Bruins projected lineup for Monday night based on Sunday’s practice at Warrior: