BOSTON – Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski returned to the Bruins practice ice on Saturday at TD Garden after missing Game 1 on Friday night with the flu bug, but both are still question marks for Sunday afternoon.
Bartkowski was present for the 1-0 loss to the Red Wings, despite looking a little bit paler than usual. Miller wasn’t even feeling well enough to be in the building for the playoff game.
Daniel Paille (head), Adam McQuaid (quad) and Dennis Seidenberg (knee) also skated on their own prior to the nearly hour-long practice. Chris Kelly (back) still hasn’t made it back on the ice just yet.
“I don’t know yet. This is Bartkowski’s first day practicing this week, and the second day this week for Miller,” said coach Claude Julien. “It will depend on how they feel tomorrow. We’ve got contingency plans whether they play or not, so I can’t give you any confirmation whether they’ll play today.”
The absence of Kelly and Paille meant that Justin Florek and Jordan Caron were again part of the top 12 forwards and appeared trending toward another playoff appearance Sunday afternoon against the Wings. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on practice on Saturday: