BOSTON -- Gregory Campbell participated in an optional morning skate on Monday, but his coach wasnt quite ready to pronounce him ready for the Bs lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
Campbell has additional padding on his right skate boot and has skated for three days in a row including a pair with his Bs teammates and is feeling good. The center said he needed to speak with his coach and the trainers before he could say for certain whether he would be playing tonight.
I had the trainers punch out the skate a little bit, so it relieves a little bit of the pressure. If I play Im sure Ill put on a hard, protective pad or shield to protect me from getting hit again, said Campbell, who suffered the injury in the first period of the win over the Blue Jackets and played the rest of the game with a fracture in his left foot. Its a little sore when you take it out of the skate. It feels a little better in the skate when youre walking on it or putting a shoe on it. Walking is a little bit tougher than skating right now, but its funny how things go like that.
Campbells courageous attempt to play through pain means just one more question mark for the Bruins before tonights game. The Bruins are also waiting to hear whether or not Milan Lucic will be suspended for his hit from behind on Zac Rinaldo Saturday afternoon against the Flyers. Rich Peverley is also dinged up. He played very sparingly during the second and third period of the Flyers win with a nagging injury that caused him to miss Sundays full practice.
Julien said hell consult with the Bs trainers later on Monday afternoon and the team will make their final decisions on the lineup for Monday's clash with the Habs.
There are a lot of things we have to sort out and our lineup is probably one of the most uncertain ones weve had this year with a lot of different things, said Julien. We still have the Lucic thing with no answers on that yet. We also have a couple of players that are not questionable, but theyre players we have to make decisions on. So its really difficult for me to sit here and say that this guy is in and this guy is out.
If a guy is ready to go then theres no reason to hold him back. Then again, if a guy is still having issues Id have no problem holding him back.
Sounds like Campbell is best defined as a question mark in those conversations until otherwise noted. If he cant play then that leaves Zach Hamill once again centering the fourth line and Jordan Caron potentially available should Lucic get Shanabanned by the NHLs VP of Player Safety.