Hockey clubs might often wonder with a shudder how on earth they’d get along without their most indispensable player. Those flights of “worst nightmare” fantasy usually filter in when those franchise performers are healthy and making plays all over the ice prompting the rhetorical question of, “Can you imagine if we had to survive without [fill in player’s name here]?”

Unfortunately the Bruins are finding that exact answer with all-everything center Patrice Bergeron out for two games and counting with a moderate concussion.

The Bruins have split those two games, but they’ve also managed just only two goals scored while sending the Bruins coaching staff into line shuffle overdrive while attempting to find a workable combination of players.

Those two goals: a misdirected pass that ricocheted in the net off a skate blade and a second goal that bounced off Daniel Paille’s back before redirecting past the goaltender.

Those kinds of scores don’t exactly scream out of hockey skill for a team not exactly brimming with offensive confidence.

Bergeron is widely regarded as the league’s best defensive forward and has the Selke Trophy to prove it, he was the league’s best face-off man when he went down with the concussion, he’s an understated leader in the B’s dressing room that holds everyone else to his standard of excellence and he’s also got the ability to be a 20-goal, 60-point talent on top of everything else.