B's may not have Jagr (flu) vs. Caps Saturday

B's may not have Jagr (flu) vs. Caps Saturday
April 26, 2013, 2:30 pm
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WILMINGTON, Mass. – The Bruins might be without Jaromir Jagr on Saturday when they face the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. They will definitely be missing both defenseman Matt Bartkowski and injured forward Nathan Horton. Horton (upper body) skated on his own prior to Friday afternoon practice at Ristuccia Arena, but won’t be traveling with the team to Washington.

“Nathan’s doing fine,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He’s skating every day, he’s getting better. We’re being extra cautious, but we’re making ready he’ll be fine when the time comes.”

One absence that wasn’t expected was 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who has been struck down by the flu and won’t be making the Friday afternoon flight down to Washington with the rest of his teammates. Julien said he didn’t know if Jagr would be feeling well enough to meet the team on Saturday in Washington prior to the game.

“He may join us tomorrow; he may not,” said Julien. “He’s got a flu bug right now.”

Kaspars Daugavins skated in his place alongside Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg at practice on Friday.

Bartkowski also won’t be making the trip. He was sent down to the AHL so he could play for the Providence Bruins in their playoff debut on Friday night. Rather than have him sit as a healthy scratch in Boston, the Bruins front office felt that the 24-year-old would benefit from getting into some AHL playoff action with the P-Bruins to keep him sharp.

“We need him to play. He’s been a real good addition for us. If we need him I’d rather have him having played,” said Julien. “You may see him back Sunday. We’ll see how things go, but we sent him there with the purpose of helping him out and keeping him playing. He’s been a really good player for us.”

Bartkowski had played in only one game over the past two weeks for the Bruins, and was in a three-way competition for the sixth defenseman spot with Wade Redden and Dougie Hamilton. Redden’s experience in the playoffs as a veteran performer, and the fact he’s a left-handed shot, allows Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid to all potentially slot in on the right side.