Through 11 games, Nathan Horton has only two goals and three assists, which isn’t exactly taking Claude Julien by surprise. After all, Horton suffered a severe concussion during the Stanley Cup Final.
“He’s had a slow start to the season,” Julien said. “I think anybody who comes back from that and has missed that amount of time is going to be slow coming back. It’s almost a natural process. You saw [Patrice] Bergeron take almost half a year, three-quarters of a year.”
Horton practiced on the first line today with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. He emphasized that he’s healthy and symptom-free. But he’s yet to feel like the pre-concussion No. 1 right wing.
“I’m still trying to get my game back,” Horton said. “I don’t feel 100 percent out there. I’m not myself. I’m just trying to get that back. Last game, I thought we played better. Hopefully we can get it back.”
* Dennis Seidenberg and Rich Peverley were given the day off. Adam McQuaid left early because of a cut on his chin.