The big, bad Bruins may be back, but they'll be without their biggest and baddest forward for at least a month.
Milan Lucic will miss four to six weeks with a broken finger, NESN'com's James Murphy reports from practice. General manger Peter Chiarelli made the announcement Monday in Wilmington, Mass.
The team placed Lucic on long-term injured reserve on Sunday, also recalling forwards Vladimir Sobotka, Guillame Lefebvre and Brad Marchand. Both Marchand and Sobotka were on the ice at practice on Monday, according to Murphy, though the lines were a bit jumbled with just 10 forwards attending.
Murphy said that it appears as though Marchand will skate with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, while Sobotka will skate with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.
Marc Savard, Shawn Thornton and Lefebvre were given maintenance days, Murphy also reported.
Lucic broke his finger in the Bruins' 3-0 win over Dallas on Friday night. He has three assists and a plus-2 rating on the season, though his signature moment thus far has been his fight with Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison in the Bruins' 7-2 win at home (not to be confused with his signature moment of the preseason).