By: Yanni Latzanakis | Follow Me On Twitter @yanlatz
The Bruins have hardly been completely healthy in what seems like a very long time. That trend will continue on Sunday night in Boston when the Bruins host the Canadiens for their third matchup with their all-time rivals this Month and their first at TD Garden this year. The Bruins will be without one of their most valuable players again with Patrice Bergeron set to miss his fourth straight game this week.
After the Bruins took the ice for practice on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Bruce Cassidy gave updates on the banged up Bruins. Patrice Bergeron was not on the ice again and it was announced that he will not play tomorrow night against Montreal with his lingering lower-body injury. Bergeron has missed his last four games and six out of the last eight games for the Black ‘N Gold.
Earlier this season, Cassidy has stated that he would rather keep Bergeron out until he is 100% healthy rather than rush him back into the lineup and risk further injury. There is no reason for Bergeron to come back unless he is more than healthy enough to return. The Bruins are continuing to roll this season and have won six in a row and have points in 10 straight games including an 8-1 thumping of the Canadiens last Tuesday night.
The Bruins continued their dominance on Black Friday during the Thanksgiving Showdown game when they hosted Henrik Lundqvuist and the New York Rangers for the traditional matinee Thanksgiving game. The Bruins fell behind by 2 but were able to comeback and win the game in overtime to continue their dominance at home. The Bruins still have yet to lose a regulation game at home and have a 10-0-4 record on Causeway Street.
— Garrett Haydon (@thesportsguy97) November 29, 2019
Brad Marchand was also not on the ice as he was playing through flu-like symptoms yesterday but was able to finish the game. As a result he was held out of practice on Saturday and the team will assess how he feels tomorrow. Brad Marchand was also hit up high from an elbow by Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in the second period. The NHL’s concussion spotter did not pull Brad Marchand from the game until early in the third period which did not make Brad Marchand very happy after the game:
“The guy’s up there eating pizza’s and cheeseburger’s and can’t watch the game. Maybe next time he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game.”
Marchand later apologized in a tweet for his comments stating that his emotions got the best of him and that he did not want to miss a shift when the Bruins were down in the hockey game.
My emotions got the best of me after today’s game. I didn’t want to miss any shifts with us being down 2 to 1. I know the spotters are there to help us and I shouldn’t have take my frustrations out on them.
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) November 30, 2019
Brett Ritchie was also not skating at practice but Bruce Cassidy did shed some light on some positive news stating that David Backes and John Moore are very close to returning to the lineup.
#NHLBruins practice lines:
*Bergeron, Marchand, and Ritchie are not skating. pic.twitter.com/LYbcSvFrFI
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 30, 2019
The Bruins continue to be banged up in the forward group and the defense core but are continuing their dominance over the NHL and have soared to the top of the NHL’s overall standings.