Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is without a timeline for returning to the lineup after fracturing his right foot while blocking a shot Saturday night.
The Bruins announced Tuesday Bergeron sustained the injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and said Bergeron will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
X-rays after the loss to the Leafs were negative and Bergeron played against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, logging 17:59 of ice time. He had a CT scan on Monday that revealed the damage.
The 32-year-old has 27 goals and 54 points with a plus-26 rating in 55 games with the Bruins this season. He had been considered the favourite for the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
“It’s gonna hurt... but we’ve been through this early in the year with guys stepping up. Not one guy will replace Bergy,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Tuesday.
Riley Nash took Bergeron's spot at centre on the team's top line during Tuesday's skate, playing between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci joined newly acquired winger Rick Nash on the second line. Brian Gionta, signed Sunday after playing for Team USA at the Olympics, skated at left wing on the third line with Dan Heinen and David Backes.
Gionta, however, will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday night as Tommy Wingels, acquired Monday from the Chicago Blackhawks, draws in on the third line. Wingels missed Tuesday's gameday skate.