Horton sustained a hand/wrist injury after engaging in a fight with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarome Iginla on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins forward was unable to return to the contest after the fight and did not play on Sunday afternoon against the Florida Panthers.
Having not participated in practice on Monday, head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Horton would not be in the lineup on Tuesday night. The goal is to allow Horton to return to 100 percent prior to the start of the playoffs.
With Horton out of the lineup, Julien is expected to place Rich Peverley on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The coach could dress one of Jay Pandolfo or Kaspars Daugavins in the extra forward spot. This will also allow the coach some flexibility to experiment with line combinations, which could include different partners for Carl Soderberg.
Entering competition on Monday night, Boston claims ownership of first place in the Northeast Division and holds the tiebreaker with the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins have played one game less than the Canadiens with both teams returning to action on Tuesday night.