Bergeron has not performed considering that March 15 from the Blackhawks in Chicago. The an infection flared up the working day before that activity, he stated, and needed him to fly again to Boston and at some point have surgical procedure.

The Bruins have gained 3 of the 4 online games Bergeron has skipped. General, he has missed eight games this time and the Bruins are 4-3-1 without the need of him.

“We’re a team, he’s a major component of that,” Cassidy said. “He wears the C, plays in every predicament. I really do not have to go into details about how much he means on the ice and off the ice, for that make any difference. But it is business as usual the moment the puck drops. An possibility for any individual else.”

Cassidy hopes Bergeron will be obtainable Saturday from the Islanders. In the meantime, Jack Studnicka was back on the top rated line with Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk against Tampa Bay.

“I assume Jack has been very good in conditions of his 200-foot game,” Cassidy claimed. “Has performed well absent from the puck. The offense should occur if that continues.

“He’s with two superior players, so it is a fantastic prospect for him now in opposition to naturally a two-time defending Stanley Cup winner And that is the way we seem at it. Other men will select up the slack.”

On Thursday, Jack Studnicka noticed action on the prime line in area of Patrice Bergeron.Charles Krupa/Linked Push

Holding down the fort without Bergeron, Charlie Coyle has experienced five helps in the previous 3 games. Studnicka experienced an assist against Winnipeg final Friday. Erik Haula had two helps from Montreal Monday.

“It’s been very good for the other men in the place to have the opportunity,” Cassidy explained. “That’s the beneficial or the flip facet of it. So we’ll maintain on trucking in this article. It is not prolonged-time period, we knew that going in.

“So we’re now looking at Saturday and ideally things quiet down and he’s good to go then.”

Reilly odd guy out

As much as Cassidy looked ahead to having his initially glimpse of freshly acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm, determining who would be squeezed out of the D-corps to make space was not uncomplicated.

Lindholm was set for the major pair with Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk was again in the next pairing with Brandon Carlo, and Cassidy chose to hold Derek Forbort and Connor Clifton as his third pair, leaving Mike Reilly the odd guy out.

Hampus Lindholm was in the lineup with the Bruins for the very first time Thursday evening at TD Back garden.John Tlumacki/Globe Team

“They’ve been great as a pair,” Cassidy claimed of Forbort and Clifton. “Mike’s been good as nicely. It is not an straightforward decision in terms of benefit, to be truthful with you. It is a very good dilemma to have in that regard.

“It’s tricky for Mike, but it is just one recreation and we’re heading to get anyone concerned and go from there.”

Food stuff for considered

With his experience on the box of his very own March Munch Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Marchand could not resist screening out one particular achievable slogan.

“They’re encounter-licking superior,” he claimed, scarcely keeping back the laughter. “Can I say that? I really do not even know. If I simply cannot, I’m sorry. I swear.”

The notion was the brainchild of PLB Sporting activities and Entertainment and Marchand’s marketing staff, Blue Sky Sports, which also gave the earth Flutie Flakes.

Marchand explained it was a childhood desire to have his individual cereal, and the thought came again to him a 10 years back when previous Patriots restricted conclusion Rob Gronkowski’s Gronk Flakes ended up on the shelves.

“I saw it in the merchants, like, ‘Man, that would be remarkable one particular day,’ ” Marchand mentioned. “So when the prospect came up, I jumped on it immediately.”


Julian Benbow can be arrived at at [email protected]

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