Patrice Bergeron misses practice, but will travel to Toronto with Bruins
|03.19.17 at 12:26 pm ET|
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was nowhere to be found on the ice at practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Sunday morning.
But fear not: it was a mere maintenance day for the do-it-all Bergeron according to B’s interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. And it has since been confirmed that Bergeron will travel with the team to Toronto in anticipation of Monday’s pivotal head-to-head with the Maple Leafs.
“I’m expecting him to play,” Cassidy, who gave the team both Friday and Saturday off, said after practice when asked of Bergeron’s official status for tomorrow. “But we’ll know more in a couple of hours.”
In preparation for the unknown, the Bruins have recalled forwards Noel Acciari and Sean Kuraly from Providence on an emergency basis.
And with the Leafs behind the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division by just three points and with a game in hand, the Bruins will undoubtedly need Bergeron against a Toronto team that’s smacked them around in the season series so far, with the Maple Leafs outscoring the Bruins 14-to-7 and having won all three prior showdowns.
The 31-year-old Bergeron is on a four-game point streak, with five assists over that stretch, and has totaled 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games this season, including one goal and three points in two games against the Leafs.