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Bruins' Bergeron, Wild's Spurgeon questionable

Key pieces may be missing when Minnesota hosts Boston

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BRUINS (29-19-6) at WILD (23-21-10) 

TV: 2 p.m. ET, NESN, SN, FS-N, NHL.TV 

Season series: Forward Loui Eriksson recorded his third career hat trick to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Nov. 19. Brad Marchand had two assists and David Krejci also had a goal for the Bruins. Jordan Schroeder and Jason Zucker scored goals for Minnesota. 

Bruins team scope: Forward Patrice Bergeron could miss the game with an undisclosed injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. Bergeron was not on the ice for practice at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, with Julien classifying the absence as a maintenance day. "Right now, I can't guarantee [Saturday]," Julien told the team's website. "We'll see [Saturday] how he is, so I'd leave him as questionable right now." Boston is on the second leg of a season-long six-game road trip, and opened the stretch with a 6-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Thursday. The Bruins have won their past five games away from TD Garden. 

Wild team scope: Minnesota could be without Jared Spurgeon for a third consecutive game as the defenseman continues to heal from a deep bruise sustained against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 6. Spurgeon, who practiced Wednesday and took part in morning skate prior to a game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, was not on the ice for an optional practice Friday. "I would say [he's] questionable to doubtful," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "But knowing him, I'm not ready to rule him out. If he's ready to come out and battle and compete at the level he's capable of, obviously we'd love to put him in the lineup." Minnesota is finishing a three-game homestand having lost its past seven games; the Wild have lost 12 of their past 13 overall and seven straight on home ice.

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