BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins head into a giant week of hockey games with playoff implications, and they’re missing some bodies after their Western Canada road trip. Patrice Bergeron, Drew Stafford and Tim Schaller were missing from practice with Schaller having missed the previous four games with a lower body injury.
Bruce Cassidy said that Bergeron was missing due to a "maintenance day", but that his availability is in question for tomorrow night's game in Toronto. Stafford was missing after his wife gave birth to twins on Saturday, but is expected to meet the team in Toronto on Monday and be available for the game.
With the lower number of healthy bodies, the Bruins called up Noel Acciari and Sean Kuraly on emergency recall to skate with the healthy Black and Gold members at Sunday morning’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old Acciari has appeared in 19 games with Boston in 2016-17, posting two assists in limited fourth line duty. He has also skated in 30 games with Providence this season, posting six goals and eight assists for 14 points and a plus-eight rating.
The 24-year-old Kuraly has skated in five games with Boston this year, and played in 50 games with Providence while putting up 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points and 31 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in first pro season.
One player that was healthy enough to skate was Matt Beleskey after taking a Patrice Bergeron slapper off the side of the head in the closing seconds of Thursday night’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Beleskey led the Bruins in the post-practice stretch and rightfully so after paying the price late in a game they had no chance of winning. Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice with the team leaving for Toronto in a couple of hours:
C. Miller-K. Miller