Soderberg 'questionable' for B's season opener

Soderberg 'questionable' for B's season opener
September 29, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Carl Soderberg hit a rut on the ice of Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre Friday night late in the third period of the exhibition finale against the Winnipeg Jets, and Claude Julien termed it “minor” following the game. The Big Swede had returned to the game for a final shift in the third period after scoring a goal earlier in the game, and he walked out of the training room without much of a limp following the game.

But it sounds like his availability for Thursday night’s season opener might now be in question after Julien sounded a bit more serious tone following Sunday’s practice at TD Garden. The third line left wing was termed “questionable” by Julien for next week’s action, and throws into mystery whether the envisioned third line of Soderberg, Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith can start the season together after looking solid in the preseason.

Both Soderberg and David Krejci (back spasms) were missing from the practice ice, and the Bruins coaching labeled both players “day-to-day” in advance of the Oct. 3 opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Right now I would say they’re day-to-day. As he moves further, to be honest with you it might be better [news] with Krejci,” said Claude Julien. “With Carl we’re not sure yet because of the injury suffered when he hit a rut the other night. It’s still a little up in the air, as far the seriousness of it. We deemed it minor on Friday, but now it’s questionable.”

If Soderberg can’t answer the bell on Thursday against the Bolts then it might already be an opportunity for Jordan Caron to play after he was the last Bruin standing in the roster battle for the 13th forward spot.