WILMINGTON – For the second straight day, Carl Soderberg hopped on the Ristuccia Arena ice and had a solo skating session before practice. The Big Swede didn't work with his teammates as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle, originally suffered two weeks ago Friday, but he’s making strides in a return to full health.
Coach Claude Julien said Soderberg is “progressing extremely well” and also alluded to the difficult decision the B’s coaching staff will have when Soderberg is ready to get back into the lineup. Jordan Caron had a goal in Saturday night’s win over the Red Wings -- and should have another when his goal against Tampa Bay in the home opener was waved off by a referee's quick whistle -- and it will be tough to remove him from the mix.
“Day to day is the best I can say (for Soderberg), because he’s skating right now,” said Julien. “He’s getting closer to practicing with us, and once we get the okay from the medical staff then we’ll move forward. Day-to-day doesn’t mean he’ll be [practicing with the Bruins] tomorrow, but he’s progressing extremely well.”
Soderberg originally suffered the injury when he caught a rut during Boston’s exhibition finale in Saskatoon, and hasn’t appeared on the practice ice with his teammates since then.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins based on the Tuesday practice at Ristuccia Arena:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton/Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid