BOSTON (CBS) — The Bruins looked good in their season-opening win over the Predators, despite missing two of their most important players. They’ll get one of those players back on Monday.
Defenseman Torey Krug will return when the B’s host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, while Patrice Bergeron will miss his second straight game, head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters Monday morning.
“[Krug]’s still listed as day-to-day, but I think he’s ready to go,” said Cassidy on Sunday, via BostonBruins.com. “That decision will be made [on Monday]. See how he is first of all in the morning at the rink, and then I assume he’ll be good, and then post warm-up. It looks like he’s up to speed.”
Bergeron was a limited participant in the Bruins’ Saturday and Sunday practices as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. Cassidy said that the team would determine “how far he’s progressed” on Monday morning when they practiced again, but that progress was obviously not enough to get Bergeron back in the lineup.
Elsewhere, forward Austin Czarnik will play after missing the start of the season with an illness. He’s likely to see some time at the NHL level now that a fractured finger has knocked winger Noel Acciari out for around six weeks, and also that David Backes (placed on IR on Monday with diverticulitis) is expected to miss up to four weeks for his own recovery.
The Bruins could especially use Krug’s presence on the power play, where they were 1-for-5 against the Preds last Thursday.