Bartkowski and Miller return for practice; Danny Paille skates, Chris Kelly does not
The Bruins are one step closer to getting some bodies back in action.
After missing Game 1 Friday night vs the Red Wings, defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller both returned to practice Saturday afternoon with team at the TD Garden.
This is the first time Bartkowski has skated on the ice since the regular season finale back on April 13. Miller had come back Thursday to participate in practice, but missed the optional pregame skate Friday before the game. Both players were scratched a few minutes before the puck dropped vs the Wings.
With the two d-men back on the ice and practicing with the team, it means the Bruins are comfortable enough in their thinking that everyone has finally overcome the flu bug that has ravaged the team this past week. The flu kept multiple Bruins players off the ice and in isolation from others.
Regarding their status for tomorrow's Game 2, coach Claude Julien said:
I don't know yet...Bartkowski, this is his first day of practicing this week, and Miller, this is his second, so it will depend on how they fell tomorrow [Sunday.] We've got contingency plans here, whether they play or not. So, confirmation - I can't give that to you today.
Even though Julien isn't quick to declare Bart and Miller ready for action, their presence at the team practice is a rather good sign.
The trio of Danny Paille (head), Adam McQuaid (quad) and Dennis Seidenberg (knee) all skated on their own prior to the team's practice. Chris Kelly has still to make it back on the ice. Kelly hasn't skated since April 8 versus the Wild.