Bartkowski getting close; Kelly, Paille traveling

Bartkowski getting close; Kelly, Paille traveling
April 20, 2014, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON - The Bruins had to settle for one of their four injured/sick players returning on Sunday in Kevan Miller.

As for the other three? Well, we're just going to have to wait and see.

There were no updates given by Claude Julien on Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille, other than the fact that they will travel with the rest of the team to Detroit.

As for Matt Bartkowski, he looks to be a game-time decision, recuperating from a serious flu bug. Joe Haggerty learned that Miller, who suffered from the same flu bug going around the locker room as Bartkowski, was dealing with a gastrointestinal virus, and actually was sent to the hospital on Thursday.

That's all you need to know to see just how serious this was, and the trouble Bartkowski must be going through getting back to his normal self. Bartkowski did practice yesterday with the team, a sign that he is on the mend, but he still wasn't where he needed to be to compete today.

"As far as Bartkowski," Julien said after the B's 4-1 win, "he only practiced yesterday quickly here and probably not 100% trying to recover from that flu, that virus that he had. He missed out, at least six days of non-skating, so we didn't think it was a wise choice to put him in, just watching him practice yesterday.

"Miller was a different situation, he came back, practiced, missed again, practiced, and seemed a little bit better. So that was a medical decision on seeing who could handle this pace tonight and was strong enough to do that."

Julien wasn't ready to say that he expected Bartkowski to be ready for Game 3. If Bartkowski continues to skate and improve leading up to Tuesday, there's a good chance he does get the nod. But there's simply no telling how things will go leading up to then.

"As far as next game, I don't know," Julien said of Bartkowski. "Again, I keep telling you guys when we're talking about a virus, it's hard to stand here and say, 'this guy will be in, this guy won't be in.' It really becomes a day-to-day situation."