WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said the status of David Krejci, sidelined the last two games because of a core injury suffered in practice last week, looked doubtful for Tuesday night’s home game against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.
Julien said Krejci skated before this morning’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, but indicated that Krejci “was probably doubtful” against the Hurricanes.
“After that, I’d probably qualify him as being day-to-day,” Julien said.
Julien seemed more optimistic about the chances of the return of defenseman Adam McQuaid, who returned to the ice for today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena after suffering a head and neck injury in last Wednesday night’s setback to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., which forced McQuaid to sit out of Saturday night’s 3-2 shootout triumph at Chicago.
“McQuaid’s been good, he’s done every test that he has to go through right now — the biking and the exertion, and all that stuff,” Julien said. “So things are going well. His headaches are non-existent, and again we felt it was probably more the neck injury that was causing that and we’re treating it as a concussion because it was the safest route to take, so he could go through all the tests and we’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
In other matters:
- Julien said he was also encouraged by the sight of Steven Kamper back out on the ice for practice. Kamper sprained his left knee in a Sept. 29 preseason game in Ottawa. Although he had yet to be cleared for contact, Kampfer survived a bit of a scare when he was involved in an accidental on-ice collision with Milan Lucic as each was going through some after-practice drills. “Well, he’s looking good and I think he’s been skating since we left for the road trip,” Julien said of Kampfer. “He looked good today in practice and his skating seems to be where it should be and now his conditioning is what we’re working on right now, but he hasn’t been cleared for contact, but after today it looks like there’s a pretty good chance that will happen pretty soon.”
- While it may not have been as meaningful as his 298th career NHL victory, which delivered Boston the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship, Julien’s 300th career triumph in Saturday’s shootout win over the Blackhawks was worth nothing, even though it seemed to escape him at the time. “I think I found out before the home game here that I had an opportunity at it,” Julien said. “I’d actually forgotten about it before the Chicago game, but it’s nice. I mean, 300 is always a nice number to have, but, for me, I look forward to another 300, so that’s the way I look at things. I don’t know if I’d call it a milestone, but it’s a nice feat in this league where coaching is not an easy job to hold onto in the NHL. I’d like to look ahead and if I can get another 300 it means I’ve been around for quite a few years.”