BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron skated again on Wednesday morning and could return to the lineup on Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres, according to Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. Bergeron has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.
"I assume he's going to play tomorrow, but I don't know," said Cassidy. "I thought last night he was close, so I'm going to put him in the same category."
Bergeron traveled with the team to New Jersey for Tuesday night's game with the Devils, taking part in morning skate, after which he was termed a game-time decision. But ultimately it was decided - in consultation with the Bruins' medical staff - that another night off would be beneficial.
"You always do as a player," Bergeron said when asked if he thought he would play in New Jersey. "I didn't know what to expect, to be completely honest. I didn't skate on Monday, so wanted to at least try on Tuesday morning. That was the thought behind me traveling."
Video: Bergeron talks with media following practice
Instead, Bergeron underwent further treatment during Boston's 5-1 victory and was on the ice again Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena, along with a small group of players that also included injured defenseman Torey Krug.
"Feeling better. Progressing well. Today was a good skate, felt pretty good," said Bergeron. "It's a minor issue, but we want to make sure it doesn't linger for too long. Trying to be cautious and be 100 percent before getting back out there."
Cassidy added that Krug is out for Thursday's game with Buffalo and is aiming for Saturday's tilt with Minnesota for a return. Krug has missed four games with an upper-body injury.
Video: Cassidy talks Matt Grzelcyk, lines with media