PHILADELPHIA -- Adam McQuaid was on the ice and skating for the second straight day at the Wells Fargo Center, and will return to the Bruins lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Flyers. The rangy 6-foot-5 defenseman missed Sunday’s win over the Florida Panthers with a lower body injury suffered after Pittsburgh rat Matt Cooke went down low for a hit on the Bruins blue-liner. McQuaid was walking with a limp on Sunday, but has looked progressively better on the ice over the last two days and will be a part of the Bruins playoff lineup provided he’s healthy.
“He’s ready to go in and he’s healthy, so he may go in tonight,” coach Claude Julien said about McQuaid.
It would appear that that there’s a three-way competition for the last spot among the six man defense corps to start the playoffs btween Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Wade Redden. Bartkowski will play on Tuesday night and get another chance to show he’s ready while competing against the 19-year-old Hamilton, who is ready offensively but maybe less defensively, and a capable veteran in Redden who will give the Bruins a steady, professional performance.
The Bruins appeared to be taking the same lineup among the forward spots as they did Sunday. That means Jaromir Jagr will be skating with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg, and Rich Peverley will slide into Nathan Horton’s spot with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Anton Khudobin was the first goaltender off the ice and it looks like he’ll get the start against the Flyers after Tuukka Rask started both ends of the back-to-back games over the weekend.
Here are the projected line combinations and defense pairings based on Tuesday’s morning skate: