Hello from Wilmington, where the Bruins went through a full practice early this afternoon at Ristuccia Arena, concentrating on the power play — both on the ice and again in off-ice meetings. The Bruins were 0 for 4 with the man advantage in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Penguins, a lapse in “puck management,” according to coach Claude Julien. “I think we might have had one really good chance on the four power plays and that’s not enough.”
As for the injury report: Defenseman Steve Kampfer, whose face collided with Zdeno Chara’s stick in the first minute of the second period Saturday, wore a full face shield to protect his broken nose, but was otherwise not restricted at practice. He said he had some trouble breathing — the nose is still bleeding — but he added that while it was a rough practice, he felt good and is fine to play in tomorrow’s matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Marc Savard felt woozy Saturday night after being cracked into the sideboards by Deryk Engelland at 7:10 of the third period. Yesterday, he, too, said he was fine and ready to play. “Just a little sore in the neck on one side,” he said.
Milan Lucic, who has missed three games with an undisclosed injury, participated in the full practice and said he’s ready to play. So did defenseman Mark Stuart, out since Dec. 8 with a broken right hand/finger; Stuart has been trying to talk his way back into a game for the last week. Julien said he expected both Lucic and Stuart to get their medical clearance to play later today and the coach then will make the final decision on both players Monday morning.
Defenseman Andrew Ference, who has missed one game with an upper body injury, skated on his own before practice. Julien said his return was questionable for the Carolina game, but a possibility after that.