BOSTON, Mass – The Bruins continue to lose bodies from their lineup as Noel Acciari was forced out of Boston’s 4-3 opening night win with an injury suffered blocking a shot. The fourth line energy player struggled with injuries last season as well due to his high-energy and fearless style of play, and it looks like this season may not be all that different.
The 25-year-old skated nine shifts in the win and a total of 4:42 of ice time before he was done for the night, and Acciari’s absence pushed other players like Matt Beleskey into penalty killing duty once the fourth line winger was lost. The Bruins are already planning on not having Acciari for Monday afternoon’s matinee against the Colorado Avalanche, and he may miss more time than that after earning a fourth line spot with Riley Nash and Tim Schaller in training camp.
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The Bruins hadn’t made a decision on any potential call-ups from Providence in the wake of the injury, and might not need to call up anybody at all if Patrice Bergeron is healed up enough to play after the weekend.
“I know he’s going to be out for a little bit,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, who termed Acciari's injury as upper-body after it appeared to be a lower-body injury based on the original blocked shot. “I don’t know the exact extent, but we don’t anticipate having him in Monday. I suspect we will revisit the lineup in the morning. We will have to.
“Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] we said was day-to-day. We’ve lost Noel [Acciari] and [David] Backes for a little longer period of time. If Bergy is ready to go, then we’ll have our twelve. If not, then we’ll have to look at Providence.”
That could mean a promotion for a player like Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson or Danton Heinen after being a couple of the last players cut in the preseason, or perhaps Austin Czarnik will be feeling good enough to jump back into Boston’s lineup. Either way, they will miss Acciari’s energy, physicality and ability to aggravate opponents with his full-tilt style of play.