WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid has missed the entire month of December after re-aggravating a groin injury, but the rugged defenseman might just make his return Monday night against the Nashville Predators. McQuaid has missed nine games in December after missing eight games last month with the injury, but he’s been practicing for more than a week without any complications or setbacks.
It sounds like McQuaid will skate during warm-ups and be a game-time decision Monday. The Bruins could clearly use him against a Nashville team that plays a blue-collar, physical brand of hockey.
It appears as though McQuaid would be a much better fit than rookie David Warsofsky, who has been very impressive in the first two games of his NHL career. It will be the first time McQuaid has any legitimate chance of playing, and it doesn’t appear that the extra rest around the Christmas break will be factor.
“[McQuaid] is a possibility. He’s coming on the road trip, so certainly we’ll make that decision tomorrow,” said Claude Julien. “As long as he feels good and he’s ready to go, we’ll consider him for the lineup.
“When he’s ready to go, then he’s ready to go. It’s not a matter of looking at the schedule. I think it’s a matter if he’s ready to go, then he should be playing. I don’t think there’s any reason to hold him back.”
McQuaid has been cautious coming back from the injury a second time, but it’s pretty clear at this point that he’s on board with returning to the lineup as soon as humanly possible.
The B's will definitely have Brad Marchand, who skipped Sunday’s practice as a maintenance day after tweaking his right leg on a collision with Christian Ehrhoff in Saturday’s win over Buffalo.