WILMINGTON -- The Bruins followed through with their plan to give Olympians Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron a couple of days off, and both forwards were absent from the Ristuccia Arena practice ice for Friday morning’s practice. Those absences were fully expected, and part of the acclimatization program as they get their bodies back into the Eastern Time Zone.
Adam McQuaid was also missing from the practice ice for a second straight day after getting a day of rest on Thursday, and that isn’t a good sign for a player that was hoping to be ready for Saturday afternoon’s matinee against the Washington Capitals.
McQuaid has been out since Jan. 19 with a leg injury, and has missed 28 games this season with assorted lower body injuries.
Otherwise there was perfect attendance on the ice as the Bruins ready for a month of March that will hold 31 days in 17 days, and six back-to-back games that will undoubtedly test Boston’s depth and mettle.
Both Bergeron and Eriksson are fully expected to be in Saturday’s lineup against the Caps after getting a couple of days of rest following the overtime loss to the Sabres on Wednesday night.
With Eriksson, Bergeron and McQuaid, the line combos and D-pairings were a little funky but went a little something like this: