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'Day to day' for Bergeron, 'question marks' for others

Posted by Brendan Hall, Globe Correspondent  January 17, 2010 11:57 AM

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WILMINGTON -- Only three players were on the ice Sunday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena for the Bruins' optional skate. Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Wideman ran through drills with assistant coach Doug Houda, with Tuukka Rask in net.

Bergeron, out the last two weeks with a broken thumb, looked pretty good, skating sharply and showing off a little bit with the stick. There's a chance he'll be able to play Monday against Ottawa, but said he considers himself "day to day," and said he will visit the doctors before the game to get checked out.

In other words, things should be a little clearer in 24 hours.

"We should have a fairly good idea by today, later on today," coach Claude Julien said after Sunday's workout. "He was on the ice, and then he's going to talk to doctors and make sure everything's OK. If it feels good, and confident, and there's no issues, we'll see him in the lineup."

As for some of the other injured parties -- Wideman (illness), Marco Sturm (leg), and Steve Begin (undisclosed) -- there was no update.

"To be honest with you guys, I'm standing here right now with a bunch of question marks," Julien said. "It's going to be hard for me to answer today who's in and who's out, because I don't have the answers."

In a more lighthearted note, forward Blake Wheeler was seen around the locker room donning a white Brett Favre jersey. Clearly, the Plymouth, Minn., native was not a Cowboys fan ("Anybody who needs Blake Wheeler, get him now, he's got a game to watch," chuckled communications manager Eric Tosi).

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