The Bruins may be without the services of left wing Milan Lucic
and defenseman Andrew Ference
"Andrew suffered an upper body injury [Thursday] night and he’s deemed day-to-day," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "It's very questionable for [Saturday] but after that I think we’re hoping it’s minor enough so we’ll see him back soon.
"[Lucic] is doing better," added Julien. "He skated today for the first time here.
"Obviously, he's another guy who’s going to be questionable...but I think after that we can expect, hopefully, some good news because he’s progressing well," he said.
While Daniel Paille
continues to fill in for injured forwards, Matt Bartkowski
will be the likely substitute for Ference.
"Yeah well we kind of saved him for those Pittsburgh games so we sent him back down in between and bring him back," joked Julien of the rookie defenseman, a Pittsburgh native.
Bartkowski was an emergency call-up on Friday morning, and practiced with the club.
"It’s good for him to get a practice in with our hockey club and you know and I mentioned that I thought for his first game he handled himself well in Pittsburgh and you know again [he's] getting more comfortable," he said. "I think we’ll see him get better and better as he plays with us."
Julien said defenseman Mark Stuart's heart my be in right place, but he won't be playing on Saturday.
"I guess he said he’s ready to go, but that’s Stuey, you know being Stuey," said Julien. "He’ll play with a broken arm if you’ll let him.
"That’s the kind of person he is. But no he hasn’t been cleared medically and [after] what he’s been through, it’s just a player anxious to want to get back.
"I think you know we respect him for that, because that’s the kind of guy he is. He’ll do whatever it takes it play and to be part of this team."