BOSTON — Boston Bruins winger Michael Ryder, victim of a high stick by Antoine Vermette Thursday night in Ottawa, will be sidelined indefinitely due to a fracture somewhere between his eye and his nose, according to Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

“We got some bad news on his situation — it’s a small fracture. So he’s out indefinitely,” Julien told a small media assemblage just moments ago and one hour before his team takes on Philadelphia at TD Banknorth Garden. “He’s going to be looked at again on Monday and it’ll be determined … it depends whether he needs a shield or how deeply it needs to be looked into.”

Julien wouldn’t rule out anything in terms of Ryder’s future, including possible surgery.

In addition to the Ryder news, Julien said that Aaron Ward (flu-like symptoms) will sit out and Manny Fernandez will start in goal. Matt Hunwick will get the nod on the back line.

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