The Boston Bruins may be getting a key member of their roster back sooner rather than later.
Patrice Bergeron is eyeing a return to the lineup on Saturday for the preseason finale against the Chicago Blackhawks and told the media he's feeling good after suffering a groin injury in the playoffs.
"I think so. That's a fair assessment," Bergeron said according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "I'm slowly feeling better on the ice and more comfortable. I'd like to be in Saturday for sure. If things go according to plan, it will be my first game."
He added: "There's not much more to say than I'm feeling good, things are advancing and looking good."
🎥 Patrice Bergeron on potentially making his preseason debut on Saturday: "I think so. That’s a fair assessment...things are advancing and looking good." pic.twitter.com/SK23d3c5Rd— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 24, 2019
Bergeron probably won't see an extended period of ice time Saturday as he continues to recover from injury. It appears it'll be more of a test to see how comfortable he is before the start of the regular season.
Bergeron is an extremely important member of the Bruins. His offensive creativity and defensive prowess helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reach the Cup Final in 2013 and 2019. The 34-year-old tallied 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists) through 65 games played last season while also adding 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) through 24 playoffs games.
The Bruins face the Blackhawks at TD Garden on Saturday at 3 p.m. before heading to Texas to face the Dallas Stars in the regular-season opener Oct 3.
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