After ‘extensive dental work,’ Noel Acciari is questionable for Bruins-Lightning

Acciari was hit in the face by a puck during Tuesday's game against the Sharks.

Noel Acciari San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins center Noel Acciari drops San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture to the ice with a hard check during the first period of an NHL game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa) –The Associated Press

Patrice Bergeron missed practice Wednesday but will be available when the Bruins meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in a battle of the Atlantic Division’s top two teams Thursday at TD Garden.

“Maintenance day, he’s fine,’’ Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

Center Noel Acciari and defenseman Kevan Miller also missed the workout at Warrior Ice Arena but could be available against the Lightning. Acciari is recovering from being hit in the face by a puck during a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Tuesday, and Miller has been out with an upper-body injury.

“Noel had extensive dental work done,’’ Cassidy said. “That will be determined by the dentist, how much time he needs off. Comfort level, the pain, obviously. I don’t believe there’s anything long-term, like his jaw is broken, but there’s teeth all over the place. We’ll see how he is in the morning.’’


If Acciari remains out, Cassidy planned to go with lines of Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner and Peter Cehlarik-Charlie Coyle-David Backes.

The Bruins have a 14-game point streak since a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. The Lightning hold a 17-point advantage over the Bruins going into their game against the Rangers Wednesday night.