Boychuk 'day-to-day, will make Islanders trip

Boychuk 'day-to-day, will make Islanders trip
November 1, 2013, 2:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – Johnny Boychuk was among a large group of Bruins players that weren’t on the Ristuccia Arena ice Friday afternoon prior to traveling to Long Island for a Saturday night tilt against the New York Islanders.

The Merlot Line (Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille) along with members of the third line, several defensemen and backup goaltender Chad Johnson were among the players stretching their legs out with a skate.

Boychuk, unlike the other teammates taking the option not to skate between game days, was off the ice after tumbling into the boards a couple of shifts into the second period of Thursday night’s win over the Anaheim Ducks. Claude Julien said that Boychuk is “day-to-day” with what appeared to be a lower body injury, and will make the quickie road trip with the rest of his Bruins teammates.

Given Boychuk’s ridiculous threshold for pain, the injury must have been serious enough to make him miss nearly 40 minutes of a tight game against the Ducks. But it sounds like things are a little brighter one day removed from the actual incident.

“Johnny is day-to-day right now. He’s feeling better today, and he’s more than likely traveling with the team to Long Island,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.

That’s a positive sign, though it won’t shock anyone if the Bruins allow him plenty of rest while working Matt Bartkowski into the Black and Gold lineup for a couple of games. The 25-year-old Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for more than two weeks dating back to his last appearance in a win on the road over the Florida Panthers on Oct. 17, and could use some playing time to shake off the gathered rust.