TAMPA BAY, Fla. --
Anyone looking for clues as to this evening's Bruins lineup, beyond the fact that Tyler Seguin
will take to the ice for Game 3, will be waiting not-so-patiently for pregame warm-ups and a glimpse of a Bruins player wearing number 37.
|Bergeron shoots a puck during team practice at TD Garden in Boston Monday, April 25, 2011 as they prepare for Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in Montreal. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
I can only give you the same answer I gave you the other day," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of concussed Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
"He's going to warm up because he's ready to go.
"I'm sure there's going to be some discussions on how we move forward today, and it just goes to show you that he's getting real closer," he said.
Julien sounded cautiously optimistic about Bergeron's progress and Boston's alternate captain's work during Thursday's morning skate -- where he took faceoff practice and skated for the entire session -- backed up those good vibes.
"There's going to probably be a decision made either today if not tomorrow," said Julien. "He is closer. He's feeling pretty good.
"Again, not totally up to the coach to make the final decision," added Julien. "A lot of other things have to happen."
Those things include Bergeron's reaction to skating and the regular protocol for concussions.
"He's still day-to-day," said Julien. "Until I'm told that he's clear...I don't want to elaborate more because we're just going in circles here.
"As I said, the best thing to do is if you see him up there in the warm-up tonight [know that] I'm not just sending him out there to have a skate; he'll be playing."
Left wing Milan Lucic
, who was not on the ice for morning skate, will also play.
"No issues," said Julien. "He's going to be in tonight.
"During the Playoffs certain things you do and give guys time off for whatever reason. He'll be there. There won't be any excuses to his game at all."
Meanwhile, injured defenseman Steve Kampfer continues to improve, as well.
"He's pretty close," said Julien. "I talked to him after practice.
"We had a chat on the ice and talked about what he's been through the last little while and how he's felt and everything else. So I think he's getting pretty close.
So, if anything, I think pretty soon we'll be able to say he's the guy that can jump in if something happened."