By Joe Haggerty
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Adam McQuaid missed his second straight day of practice with a fluvirus according to Bruins coach Claude Julien, and the strapping defensemen has been listed by his coach as a possibility for tomorrow nights opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.
McQuaid stayed away from the team on Tuesday, but reported to the Garden on Wednesday for treatment while skipping over practice. Its no wonder that more Bruins players didnt come down with some kind of cold after spending two days on the water in rainy Maine during the team-bonding activities.
Hes still sick. Hes battling a flu, bug or a virus, said Julien. He came in today and we decided to keep him off the ice. But hes getting better. Tomorrow Id say he is a possibility.
If McQuaid cant play a highly unlikely scenario given that the illness doesnt seem too series then it would fall on rookie Matt Bartkowski to fill out the six starting defensemen for the Bruins on banner-raising night.
Julien said the starting lineup was beginning to take shape for Thursday night, and that will be a competitive situation among the bottom six forwards in particular. Rich Peverley will start the season skating on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and that line looked dynamic during training camp. It would appear to be a choice between Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot on the third line heading into the regular season, and Claude Julien wasnt tipping his hand.
Somebody may not start, but if somebody is flying when they get a chance then they may shut the door on everybody else, said Julien. There are tons of factors that become part of the discussion. Who would be the better fit right now, or who we think would be the better fit.
You go based on the information that you have, but guys surprise you every single year. You have to adapt. Were going to start with something as a lineup tomorrow that I doubt very much well end up with. Thats how it goes.
Stay tuned as all Bruins roster questions should be answered in the next 24 hours.