WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins roster picture is taking shape with their first playoff tilt against the Capitals scheduled for Thursday night.
Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask both practiced fully with the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, but once again Adam McQuaid was missing from practice with an upper-body injury.
Claude Julien confirmed that McQuaid is definitely out for Game 1 against the Caps with an injury stemming from the charging hit he took from Caps forward Jason Chimera at the end of March.
McQuaid didnt skate today, so hes not going to be a part of our lineup tomorrow, said Julien.
Rask seems a very big question mark. It looks like he's not going to be ready to begin the playoffs while recovering from a groinabdomen strain. That leaves the door open for Anton Khudobin as backup to Tim Thomas.
Johnny Boychuk (left knee) is trending toward inclusion in Thursdays pregame warm-ups and a spot in the lineup, but Julien indicated that decision wont be made until Thursday.
We keep seeing Johnny and Tuukka out there on the practice ice and we have an opportunity maybe to make a decision on Boychuk. I stress opportunity because its not 100 percent, said Julien. Hes doing fairly well, so we want to remain optimistic about him.
Unless somebody tells me something about Rask today or tomorrow, I dont anticipate having him in the lineup for Game 1.
The lineup at practice remained the same as Tuesday: