Horton still 'day-to-day' as playoffs begin

Horton still 'day-to-day' as playoffs begin
April 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Nathan Horton's departure left the Bruins in need of some help at right wing.

(USA Today Sports)

Nathan Horton has officially missed 10 days and five games with an upper body injury suffered in a fight with Jarome Iginla on April 20, and Claude Julien indicated last week that “it’s not 100 percent” that Horton will be healthy enough to play on Wednesday night.

But the Bruins have consistently termed Horton’s hand/wrist injury as a “day-to-day” issue that would indicate his return will come sooner rather than later. But the right winger hasn’t skated in a practice with the team since suffering the injury, and both Rich Peverley and Kaspars Daugavins have alternated playing time in his spot alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was asked about Horton’s status and whether he’ll be seen in the upcoming opening series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the B’s GM answered in the affirmative.  

“I would expect so,” said Chiarelli. “I would say he’s day-to-day right now.”

If Horton is skating with his teammates when practice resumes on Tuesday morning then perhaps the right winger could be possible to open in the lineup for Boston in Game 1. But that would be a quick turnaround for a player that hasn’t practiced with his teammates, or taken contact, since wearing a pained expression after throwing a couple of punches at Iginla’s head.

The Bruins have gone 2-2-1 in the five games without Horton, and have scored a grand total of 10 goals while looking very much like they could use size, strength and finish around the net. Horton finished the shortened 2013 season third on the Bruins with 13 goals scored, and is one of only four Bruins players that topped 100 shots on net this season for the Black and Gold.