SUNRISE, Fla. -- Patrice Bergeron was missing from Tuesday's morning skate at the BB&T Center because of an injury sustained after Monday's practice, and is questionable for Tuesday night’s divisional matchup against the Florida Panthers.
"Not necessarily," Claude Julien responded when asked if Bergeron is definitely out for the Panthers game. "He's got some maintenance going on today, and we'll have to probably make that decision tonight. It's not an old issue. It's a new one.
"It happened after practice, not during practice. It's not a practice injury."
While the Bruins are maintaining it's not related to Bergeron's lower body injury earlier this season, it did appear he was falling down a bit more than usual, perhaps while feeling some discomfort in his legs, in the road games in New York and Detroit last week. Bergeron has just one point in his five games since returning from the injury and hasn’t quite looked like his dominant self at the offensive end of the ice.
With the B’s top center in doubt for tonight's game in Florida, the Bruins called up rookie Sean Kuraly from Providence on an emergency basis. Kuraly has one assist and nine penalty minutes in eight AHL games with the P-Bruins this season, and was a solid bottom-6 type forward for Boston during the preseason.
It appears Joe Morrow will be a healthy scratch, and that Tuukka Rask will be getting his second straight start after being the first goalie off the ice at morning skate. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings, assuming Bergeron is unable to play: