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McQuaid, Marchand, Hamilton Absent from Wednesday's Practice

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - When the Bruins hit the ice for practice on Wednesday morning at TD Garden, forward Brad Marchand was absent, along with defensemen Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton.

Following practice, Head Coach Claude Julien said that Hamilton missed the skate due to the flu, while Brad Marchand remains day-to-day.

Marchand did not play in Tuesday night's 2-0 shutout of St. Louis. Earlier on Tuesday, he had joined in the team's pregame skate briefly before leaving.

The winger's situation is undisclosed, though Julien has confirmed that it's not a head injury. Marchand also missed Monday's practice, and did not play in the second half of the third period in Saturday's game against Carolina for precautionary reasons.

Matt Fraser continued to slot in on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith for practice.

The rest of the lines remained the same as Tuesday's game, with David Krejci in the mix. The center made his return to game action against the Blues after missing four games with an undisclosed injury.

It's a positive sign that he was on the ice for practice. The last time Krejci returned to game action after missing three games with the undisclosed injury (November 6 against Edmonton), he wasn't on the ice for a week and sat out the ensuing four games.

"I felt good," Krejci said following Tuesday's game. "You know what, I don’t want to talk about injury anymore. I don’t like the word. It’s been a long time so I just talk about the positives things and those negative words, just don’t want to hear about it."

McQuaid left Tuesday night's game five minutes into the second and did not return.

"They just told me he wasn’t returning, and I don’t even bother asking at that point," Julien told reporters following the game. "I still have to see what it is, and even if I do go see, I don’t think I’ll get the total answer. [The trainers] have to have a look at him first and assess the whole thing."

Julien said to expect an update on McQuaid to come Wednesday afternoon.

The Bruins practiced with five defensemen, including Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller and Joe Morrow.

Miller is cleared and ready for game action after spending a month recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

Zdeno Chara remains out with his knee injury and David Warsofsky is still sidelined by a groin injury. Zach Trotman was reassigned to the Providence Bruins on Tuesday before the Bruins faced the Blues.

"You’ve got to take time and look at how young we are back there and the way we’re handling ourselves," Julien said on Tuesday night. "Credit those guys for doing the job. Again, we may not be where we want to be right now, but those guys are battling, and like I said, we’re a young crew right now and the way that they handled themselves against pretty powerful team – they deserve a lot of credit."

The Bruins next face the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday night, before hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, with three games in four nights.

Between the Pipes

Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa was in Boston on Wednesday, putting Tuukka Rask and Niklas Svedberg through their paces a half an hour before practice started.

Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Fraser and Gregory Campbell all pitched in for the early work.

Rask earned his first shutout of the season on Tuesday night (and the 24th of his career), making 33 saves as the Bruins earned a 2-0 win over the red-hot St. Louis Blues, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games. In 15 games this season, Rask has a 10-5-0 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Backup Niklas Svedberg has appeared in seven games, putting up a 2-3-0 record in his first NHL season with a 2.41 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Two games were in relief of Rask.

Practice Lineup 11/19

White Jerseys: Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith
Gold: Matt Fraser - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Gray: Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Burgundy: Simon Gagne - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille

Defensemen: Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Morrow, Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

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