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Cunningham Cleared After Mono; Campbell, Pastrnak Getting Better

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Following the Bruins' two practices at TD Garden on Tuesday, Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the media before traveling to Montreal in advance of the night's preseason game against the Canadiens.

Of note from the press conference, Julien said that for tonight's action, both Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban are expected to see time between the pipes at the Bell Centre.

"You'll probably see both of them. I don't know how I'm going to do it yet, but you'll see both of them tonight," said Julien.

Craig Cunningham was a new addition to practice on Tuesday, skating in the second group (comprised of mostly non-traveling players).

"He's come back from mono, so he's been cleared to practice with us," said Julien. "It's his first day back with the big team."

Cunningham has been skating, but Tuesday marked his first time taking part in Boston's main camp. The fourth year pro who has put up three straight 20-goal seasons with Providence has been eyeing a roster spot with the big club all summer.

Getting mono and being sidelined for three weeks in mid-August was frustrating, but the right winger has been getting back up to speed and has now switched "from recovery mode to battle mode."

Gregory Campbell remains sidelined by a minor mid-core issue, but seems to be on track. He has yet to skate during training camp.

"He's getting better every day, is what I'm told," said Julien. "He hasn't skated yet, but he's really feeling optimistic, is what I'm being told again by our trainers that he's getting closer and closer."

David Pastrnak is still day-to-day with a tweaked shoulder. He hasn't skated in the main sessions since sustaining the injury on Saturday after going into the boards.

"He's feeling better all of the time as well," said Julien. "So I actually wouldn't put [Pastrnak and Campbell] in the same boat. You know, trainers haven't told me that they're ready to practice yet but they're getting close to it, both of them, and that's the report I'm getting from our guys. I give you this information - I get the same information, it's called, 'they're getting better.'"

Defenseman Linus Arnesson skated for the first time on Monday after tweaking his groin during the rookie tournament in Tennessee, and was kept off the ice on Tuesday. He has not yet had the chance to skate in the main sessions at camp.

"They're slowly getting him back into skating," said Julien.

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