WILMINGTON, Mass. — Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien revealed just minutes ago that veteran winger Michael Ryder is scheduled to have facial surgery today for the fracture he suffered last Thursday night in Ottawa.
Ryder was hit by a high stick from the Senators’ Antoine Vermette. There might be an update on Ryder later today. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is scheduled to update Ryder’s condition tomorrow morning.
Today in practice at Ristuccia Arena, Petteri Nokelainen filled Ryder’s spot on the line with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler. But Saturday against Philadelphia, Shawn Thornton filled that role for a stretch. We won’t know who Julien will put in that spot against San Jose tomorrow night until game time.
“It’s always a big loss when you lose players that, obviously, are scoring goals for you and are an offensive threat but also play a big role on your team,” Julien said. “He’s just one of them. We’ve always tried to eliminate the excuses and avoid those and we’ve had guys that have stepped in since the beginning of the year and have done the job. So I don’t see why that can’t continue to happen.”