The Bruins are going to be without their best player for at least two weeks after it was discovered that Patrice Bergeron has a small fracture in his right foot. He took a shot off the foot Saturday in Toronto and post-game X-rays were negative. He played in pain Sunday in Buffalo and a CT scan on Monday revealed the fracture.
This sucks, no two ways about it. Never want to lose your best F just before the stretch drive, especially when he’s having an MVP-caliber season. But one of the hallmarks of the Bruins team this year has been resiliency so I expect more of the same—guys stepping up in Bergeron’s absence.
Per the Bruins Twitter, Riley Nash, who is having a great season, will slide in Bergeron’s spot tonight vs. Carolina. Tommy Wingels, who was picked up Monday from Chicago for a conditional 5th rounder in 2019, will join David Backes and Danton Heinen on the third line. Brian Gionta will be a scratch.