There's was some bad news and good news today for the injury-battered Providence Bruins.
The bad news: Yannick Riendeau has a broken bone in his wrist. He will not be available this weekend, but could be ready next weekend, according to coach Rob Murray.
Levi Nelson, Scott Fletcher and Guillaume Lefebvre are also out with wrist problems, and Kirk MacDonald missed practice on Wednesday with a groin problem. MacDonald is expected to play this weekend, while the others are not, Murray said.
The good news: Brad Marchand skated for the first time since undergoing surgery in mid-December to repair a tendon in his left foot that was sliced by a skate blade.
Marchand will probably need a full week of practice before he's ready for a game, which would keep him out until next weekend, Murray said.
New left wing John Lammers skated with the team for the first time after flying in from Alaska.
Another ECHL player is expected, possibly as early as tomorrow.
The injuries left the team short a center and a wing for practice, so Alain Goulet skated at right wing and Murray filled in at center.
The lines at Wednesday's practice:
White -- Hamill, LoVecchio, Weller
Yellow -- Larman, Lehtonen, Lammers
Red -- Arniel, Knackstedt, MacDermid
Blue -- Murray, Goulet, Marquardt