Whitfield/By S. Bradley

With players in Bruins sweaters dropping like flies, the team today made another emergency promotion from the Providence (AHL) farm club.

Center Trent Whitfield was summoned and joined the team in Tampa, where the Bruins will face the Lightning tomorrow night. This is Whitfield’s first call-up of this season and he hasn’t played an NHL game since the 2009-10 season, although he was one of Boston’s “Black Aces” during the Stanley Cup championship run last season.

In 41 games for the P-Bruins this season, the 34-year-old Whitfield has 5-6-11 totals. According to the Bruins’ official Twitter feed, rookie winger Max Sauve suffered a hip injury and returned home today. So Whitfield would replace Sauve in the lineup.

Patrice Bergeron, who blocked a shot in the second period of yesterday’s loss in Pittsburgh, said he’s hoping to play. His X-ray turned out negative and he’s day-to-day. If Bergeron can’t play, and Daniel Paille and Benoit Pouliot remain unavailable, Boston would need another forward or they could play Mike Mottau up front.

Adam McQuaid remains day-to-day as well. If he can’t play, Mottau or Greg Zanon would go in.