Injury news in the Eastern Conference keeps coming, as the Boston Bruins announced that Patrice Bergeron has a small fracture in his right foot and will be evaluated in two weeks. It’s not clear how long the injury will keep him out, but any loss of Bergeron is a huge blow to the Bruins final stretch. Bergeron blocked a shot against Toronto on Saturday night, but after an x-ray was negative that night played against on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Though speculation about any injury is often misplaced, the fact that he played with the injury Sunday should give some hope to Bruins fans that this is more precautionary than anything. Boston is in the middle of a fight for seeding in the Atlantic Division, but with a playoff spot basically locked up they can afford to make sure one of their best players is fully healed for the postseason. Toronto and Tampa Bay will welcome his absence, but Boston would rather have him ready for Game 1.
Still one of the very best in the game, Bergeron has once again put together an excellent season in Boston. Known more for his defensive prowess than anything—four Selke trophies will do that—he was having one of his best offensive seasons in years with 27 goals and 54 points through 55 games. His line, along with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand is one of the most dangerous groups in the NHL and will be a tough test for whoever gets them in the first round of the playoffs.