WILMINGTON, Ma -- Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn’t say whether it’s a hand injury that’s bothering defenseman Adam McQuaid, but he did express optimism that he’ll be in the lineup this weekend against the Capitals and Penguins.
They could definitely use him.
“He’s a day-to-day situation and he practiced today,” said Claude Julien. “So it’s looking optimistic.”
McQuaid missed Thursday night’s win over the Florida Panthers with an “upper body injury”, but was back on the ice as a regular contributor at Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. The Bruins could certainly use the 6-foot-5 defenseman’s toughness and strength around the net in the defensive zone as they take on two of the teams that handed them third period collapses over the month.
The B’s will make due either way, however. Aaron Johnson jumped in after being a healthy scratch for 18 straight games, and played 17:43 of ice time while taking a regular shift. He threw out four registered hits, had a shot on net and finished with a plus-1 rating while shaking the rust out of his game.
“We have different looks all the time: it depends on the teams and it depends on the situations. We had four lefty [shooting defensemen] so we moved guys around,” said Julien. “It’s certainly not an issue for our hockey club.”
The Bruins might be able to go back to their regularly scheduled defensemen corps this weekend, though, only if the optimism surrounding McQuaid becomes reality on Saturday afternoon against Washington.