Patrice Bergeron did not play for the Bruins in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday and will be out at least one more game.
“Yeah, ‘Bergy’s’ not here,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday. “He’s out. Previous injury that’s kind of, I don’t know quite how to describe it, kind of reemerged, so there’s a risk of infection, so he went back to Boston, will be out tonight, will be out [at the Winnipeg Jets (on Friday)] and then we’ll decide, or the doctors will decide after that. So he’ll be out the next two at least.”
Bergeron scored Tuesday in a 2-1 overtime win at the Chicago Blackhawks. Cassidy said the injury relates to a previous arm injury and is not related to an awkward fall in that game.
“We’re just trying to be cautious about it,” Cassidy said. “At the end of the day we don’t want anything to come of it.”
Thomas Nosek took Bergeron’s spot between Brad Marchand and Jake DeBruskand Anton Blidh became the center on the fourth line with Nick Foligno and Curtis Lazar.
Bergeron has scored 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 56 games this season. His 0.80 points per game are his fewest since 2016-17 (53 points in 79 games, 0.67). –Jessie Pierce
Jake Allen returned for the Canadiens and started against the Dallas Stars on Thursday (TSN2, RDS, BSSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The goalie had been out since Jan. 12 because of a lower-body injury and was expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
“I never really had an injury necessarily,” Allen said Wednesday. “I tried to tough it out (when injured against the Boston Bruins), maybe be a bit of a hero, but about 10 seconds later, I knew something wasn’t right.”
Allen is 5-16-2 with a 3.15 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and two shutouts in 24 games.
“We had to do the 8-9 week rehab, which was long, but it was necessary and I am feeling 100 percent now,” Allen said.
Andrew Copp is expected to return to the Jets lineup against the Boston Bruins on Friday (8 pm ET; TSN3, NESN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The forward missed a 7-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday for precautionary reasons after being hit in the head by Oskar Sundqvist of the St. Louis Blues in a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday.
Copp missed six games after sustaining a concussion when he was hit in the head by Jordan Greenway of the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 16.
Copp, who has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 54 games this season, said Thursday he did not have a concussion after the most recent hit but that he and Winnipeg’s medical staff decided to delay concussion tests until Tuesday due to Winnipeg’s weekend travel.
“I passed that,” Copp said. “I was really happy that there haven’t really been any symptoms and there haven’t been any concerns. We were just being very cautious and obviously, with the amount of time between the two hits, we wanted to be careful with that and not put myself in a situation to get hit again.
“I’ve felt pretty good on the ice the last couple of days. We’ll see where tomorrow takes us. But I’m really happy that there’s no concussion and the thing that I’m trying to take out of it is that I can take a hit like that and my head is not as fragile as maybe I feared when I first got hit and I feel good after it.” –Tim Campbell
Zemgus Girgensons will return for the Sabers at the Edmonton Oilers (9 pm ET; SNW, MSG-B, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The forward has missed 18 games with a lower-body injury and missed five with the injury from Jan. 15-22 before returning Jan. 25. He was out for the entire 2020-21 season following surgery for a hamstring injury.
“It definitely was mentally tough at the start (of the current injury) where I kept going back and forth with how long I would be out,” Girgensons said Wednesday. “It brought back flashbacks from last season. But in the end, I knew I was coming back, and there was no doubt in my mind I would be back by the end of the season. So I was just looking forward to the day where I could get back on the ice.”
Girgensons has scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 34 games this season.
Colin Miller could play Thursday after missing 23 games with an upper-body injury. The defenseman has scored 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 32 games.
“I expect ‘Millsy’ (to play),” Sabers coach Don Granato said. “I’ll have a conversation with him. As early as tomorrow would be a possibility, and we’re shooting for tomorrow or the Calgary [Flames] game (Friday).” –Heather Engel
Elijah Pettersson could return for the Canucks against the Detroit Red Wings (10 pm ET; SNP, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The forward missed a second game because of an upper-body injury when the Canucks defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Tuesday, but was at practice Wednesday
“He’s day to day,” Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. “This is not a long-term thing with him. We’ll be happy to get him back and hopefully Thursday he’ll be able to play.”
Pettersson was scratched for a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, the first game he missed this season. He missed the final 30 games last season with a wrist injury and he admitted affected his performance early this season.
“I know he’s had trouble in the past with a big-time injury but I don’t think this is anything serious at all,” Boudreau said.
Pettersson is third on the Canucks with 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 59 games, including 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 13. –Kevin Woodley
Los Angeles Kings
alexander edler will return to the lineup for the Kings after missing 36 games with a broken ankle.
The defenseman will play against the San Jose Sharks (10 pm ET; ESPN+, HULU), his first game since sustaining the injury Dec. 11.
Edler has scored 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 26 games this season.
Andrej Sekera is expected to return to the lineup for the Stars this weekend.
The defenseman has not played since Jan. 28 because of a viral infection.
Sekera will not play at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7 pm ET; TSN2, RDS, BSSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) but will play at the New York Islanders on Saturday or the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Sekera has three assists in 24 games this season.