Considering the rash of injuries sustained to the Boston Bruins lately, pregame skate interviews these days are starting to consist more and more of asking for updates on the team’s wounded warriors. Here’s how things are looking before tonight’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to John Bishop on Twitter.
- Daniel Paille, who’s been out since March 3 against the New York Islanders, will play. Bishop reported that he led the stretches and “skated easily.”
- Adam McQuaid, who had an upper-body injury on March 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, also skated easily. He’s not sure if he’ll play because of the team’s abundance of d-men and is officially a game-time decision.
- Also a game-time decision is Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a lower-body injury against the Penguins when blocking a shot. In a video interview on the Bruins’ website yesterday, he did say he was feeling better and that he had X-rays that came out negative. He skated and at one point “tipped in one of the few pucks to best Marty [Turco] this [morning],” Bishop said, adding that both Bergeron and Turco looked sharp.
- Max Sauve, who was also injured in the Penguins game, went home on crutches yesterday. Trent Whitfield came up from Providence and practiced, including sending a slap shot past Turco that earned him some congratulations, Bishop said.
- Benoit Pouliot is scratched, though he did take the ice this morning. Mike Mottau is scratched as well, although he’s a healthy scratch because of the deep defensive pool. (This could mean McQuaid may play.)
- Speaking of Turco, he will get his first start as a Bruin and Bishop described him as “beyond his own excitement” about it.
The Bruins take on the Lightning at 7:30 p.m.