Before the Boston Bruins‘ April 4 practice at their Wilmington, Mass. facility, Nathan Horton was seen skating for about 40 minutes along with Tuukka Rask and a team strength coach. This is fantastic news in regards to his recovery from a January concussion (his second, which can just complicate things even more). Better yet, bostonbruinsTV cameras caught him smiling. He is not close to returning to game form yet, coach Claude Julien cautioned, but the fact that he’s back on the ice after months of being unable to get on it because of his concussion symptoms is hopeful.
As the team travels to Ottawa, do not expect to see Johnny Boychuk, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara or Patrice Bergeron make the trip. Boychuk is probably being held out because he is still injured–as of this writing, there is no further information on what happened to him last night, but Julien feels like the news is going to be positive.
As for the other three, there’s no official word, although I suspect they’re being rested up for the playoffs. The fact that Thomas is part of the quartet being held back in Boston could be part of the mysterious goalie plan Julien recently said that he had in mind. He didn’t elaborate at the time.
Lane MacDermid has been called up from Providence to join the team on their sojourn to Canada’s capital city. MacDermid’s had a few call-ups to the parent club, including one time at the beginning of March that included a dustup with Mike Rupp of the New York Rangers:
Considering that Boston/Ottawa games have at times been heated this season, maybe it’s a good idea to have MacDermid come along for the ride. He and the other Bruins should keep an eye on Jason Spezza, though: