WILMINGTON -– Nathan Horton looked healthy walking around on the ninth floor of the press box on Sunday afternoon despite a banged up wrist/hand he suffered after a Saturday fight with Jarome Iginla. He had a smile on his face and a spring in his step, in fact. He had seemingly found his physical edge against the Penguins and also avoided serious injury. He's listed as “day to day” with an upper body injury.
But Horton wasn’t on the practice ice Monday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena and won’t be making the trip to Philadelphia with the rest of the team for Tuesday night’s game with the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bruins have extra forwards in Jay Pandolfo and Kaspars Daugavins, and coach Claude Julien felt it was a good time to let him right wing heal up until he’s 100 percent healthy.
“We've got some extra players so we're going to take the time to make sure [Horton] is 100 percent,” said Julien.
With only four games left, it’s clear Julien is beginning to balance resting some of his key players with making a final push to secure the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference by winning the Northeast Division.
Rich Peverley was again skating in place of Horton at Monday’s practice with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, and it appears he’ll again be playing in Horton’s spot against the Flyers. Adam McQuaid (lower body) was back on the practice ice after missing Sunday’s game against Florida following a “cheap shot” hit on his legs courtesy of Matt Cooke. He appears ready to play on Tuesday night.
Zdeno Chara didn’t practice on Monday, but Julien said there were “no problems” with the B’s captain after he got tangled up with Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau in the third period and was slow to get up after taking an awkward fall.