Updates after practice:
From coach Claude Julien’s injury report:
Defenseman Andrew Ference has an upper body injury and his status is day to day. He is “very questionable” for tomorrow’s matinee against the Penguins but, said Julien, “It’s minor enough that hopefully we’ll see him back soon.”
Milan Lucic, who has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, skated today for the first time (not with the team), and is reportedly progessing well. He, too, is questionable for the Penguins game.
Not questionable for the Pittsburgh game is defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who apparently only plays against the Penguins. The 22-year-old defenseman, a Pittsburgh native, was recalled for a game Jan. 10 to replace Adam McQuaid. This time, he’ll sub for Ference. “We kind of save him for those Pittsburgh games,” said Julien.
As for Mark Stuart, who said his first full practice with the team since his broken right hand Dec. 8 went great, he thinks he’s ready, but Julien said no.
“He hasn’t been cleared medically,” Julien said. “He’s been cleared to practice but he hasn’t been medically cleared to play. It’s certainly not my decision. I guess he said he’s ready to go but that’s Stewie being Stewie; he’ll play with a broken arm if you let him.”
Greetings from Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. The Bruins have again recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Providence Bruins, on an emergency basis. Practice just kicked off here and Bartkowski joins the team, which includes defenseman Mark Stuart at a full practice for the first time since breaking his right arm Dec. 8, but does not include defenseman Andrew Ference (unknown injury during game last night) or Milan Lucic (undisclosed injury). Bartkowski logged 9:53 of ice time in his NHL debut Jan. 10 in his hometown of Pittsburgh during a 4-2 Bruins victory.