The Boston Bruins will be without leading goal scorer Patrice Bergeron for at least the next two weeks, as he has a fractured foot
The Boston Bruins are comfortably in the postseason race. As of Feb. 27, they have a 20 point lead over the Florida Panthers for the third place spot in the Atlantic Division with 82 points in 60 games. It’s worth noting the Toronto Maple Leafs (84 points in 65 games) and Tampa Bay Lightning (89 points in 63 games) are both within striking distance.
However, their fight for the Atlantic Division title just got a lot more difficult. Patrice Bergeron is the heart and soul of the Bruins. They deploy him in all situations and he thrives during them. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Bruins announced Bergeron has a fractured foot and will be evaluated in two weeks.
What This Means For The Bruins
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This is a significant loss for the Bruins. Any team who loses their top center would miss him dearly. But when you’re talking a genuine Selke Trophy and Hart Trophy candidate like Bergeron, guys like him don’t grow on trees.
Riley Nash, who has been a surprising contributor for the Bruins, replaced him on Tuesday’s line rushes. David Backes took over the third-line center spot usually reserved for Nash. Though Brian Gionta took the morning rushes, newly acquired depth forward Tommy Wingels will skate in his spot on the third forward line.
There’s nothing positive that can come from this. But if you’re an optimist, the Bruins have a comfortable lead in the playoff race and they likely already know who they’re going to play in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bergeron will be evaluated in two weeks. But fractured feet are hard to project a recovery timetable for. First of all, a broken foot simply means a bone in the foot is fractured. There are 26 bones in the human foot.
This fracture appears to be relatively minor, as Bergeron was able to walk around on a walking boot. If it was a significant injury, it’s hard to imagine the Bruins would let him do that. Without Bergeron, Boston is a noticeably worse team. But when you have depth like the Bruins do, you’re more likely to be able to tread water instead of sink.