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Krug expected to return for Bruins against Wild

Defenseman has missed five games with upper-body injury

by @NHLdotcom

Torey Krug is expected to return to the lineup for the Boston Bruins against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-N, NHL.TV).

The defenseman has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury sustained against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 10.

"Trending that way," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday. "We'll make a decision tomorrow. He's got to check in with the medical staff. He was in a normal jersey today, participated in every part of practice, so that's a good sign. … I'll put him at probable, a strong probable."

Krug has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 17 games this season. Boston has gone 3-0-2 without him in the lineup.

"We have a great strength-and- conditioning program here where we're able to keep our conditioning up, although there's nothing like actually playing in a game, try to be as close to it as possible," Krug said after practice. "From here on out, it's just timing and getting your feet back underneath you."

Cassidy said forwards Par Lindholm (laceration) and Brett Ritchie (infection) could play against Minnesota.

Defenseman John Moore (shoulder) is at least two weeks away from returning, and there is no timetable for defenseman Kevan Miller (knee). Neither has played this season.

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