'Realistic possibility' Campbell plays vs. Wings

'Realistic possibility' Campbell plays vs. Wings
September 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Gregory Campbell is close to making his return, it appears.

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BOSTON -- The Bruins thanked the hockey gods they got out of ramshackle Baltimore Arena with their health intact and got back to work on Wednesday with a couple of double-session camp practices.

Daniel Paille was missing from the early practice at TD Garden while Nick Johnson had moved up with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton after potting a pair of goals against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. During the practice session, Adam McQuaid took a shot off the right ankle that slowed him a bit and Campbell went hard feet first going into the boards.

But both players emerged from the scrappy practice with their good health intact, and smiles on their faces as they continue to get ready for the start of the regular season next month. The sturdy McQuaid said it was simply a “stinger” for him while Campbell said playing tomorrow night against the Red Wings “is a realistic possibility” as he returns from a broken bone in his lower leg.

“It’s not a concern. I’m getting my balance back and feeling comfortable on my skates while feeling the weight of another player [leaning on him],” said Campbell, who spoke with the surgeon the other day and was told that "things look good."

“It’s a matter of me feeling comfortable in those [battle] situations," Campbell added. "I did a little bit yesterday and more today.

“There’s no question that I think I’m ready. The point of preseason is to prepare. Nobody is expecting me to be in Stanley Cup Final shape, but it’s more about getting comfortable and getting into shape. The decision will be made with the coaching staff and the training staff. I want to play, I want to test myself and see how I feel in game situations.”

There isn’t a confirmed lineup for tomorrow night’s game against Detroit, but it would be a welcomed sight to see Campbell don his No. 11 to head out with his teammates for a little game action.