TAMPA -- Marco Sturm will not suit up tonight for the Bruins here against the Lightning.
According to coach Claude Julien, the veteran winger, suffering from concussion-like symptoms for the last three weeks, still isn't feeling quite right.
''He didn't skate [in the morning workout],'' said Julien, ''and to be honest, we kept him off the ice.''
According to Julien, Sturm never suffered a concussion, but suffered a neck injury--akin to whiplash -- Nov. 12 in Chicago. The pain and symptoms related to that whiplash-like injury come and go, making it difficult to predict when Sturm will be ready to play next.
''It's a cautionary thing,'' noted Julien. ''He could be 100 percent tomorrow.''
With Sturm out, the Bruns will suit up the same bunch of forwards who were in uniform for Saturday's win over Detroit.
Sturm's continuing symptoms, said Julien, could force the Bruins to call up another forward from Providence (AHL) for Saturday night's game in Sunrise, FL, vs the Panthers.
The obvious recruit would seem to be scrappy forward Vladimir Sobotka.