By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Tuesday marks four weeks since Patrice Bergeron was diagnosed with a sternoclavicular injury, and the time that the center was marked to be re-evaluated. It looks like that re-evaluation will come right away without setbacks.
The Bruins are off Tuesday but return to practice on Wednesday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters on Sunday before their game against the Buffalo Sabres that they could see Bergeron back on the ice with the team that day. If and when he returns, Bergeron could end up returning to game action this weekend.
"I think Bergy will practice with us [on Wednesday]," said Cassidy. "Whether that means he plays Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, I don’t know but at least he’s one step closer."
Cassidy reiterated that Bergeron "could be a possibility" to play in one of the team's three games next weekend: Thursday at home against the Ducks, a Saturday matinee at TD Garden against the Predators, or Sunday on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Bergeron first suffered his sternoclavicular injury against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 16. The loss of their No. 1 center has started to catch up to them. They're 7-5-1 without Bergeron, and 2-5-1 in their last eight games.
David Krejci has filled in well on offense in Bergeron's absence, playing a lot on the top line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Krejci quietly has 28 points in 33 games this season.
But make no mistake about it. The B's badly need their top-line center back at this point. They were having enough depth trouble with him in the lineup.
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