Bergeron day-to-day while Rask takes maintenance day
The bad news? The Bruins missed two familiar faces during Friday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
But the announcement of Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask’s status could have been worse.
Prior to practice, the team announced that Bergeron will be day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Bruins assistant captain left Wednesday’s game against the Capitals after hobbling off the ice following a Matt Niskanen slap shot to the knee area.
Also revealed in the announcement was Rask taking a maintenance day. Fresh off his first All-Star game appearance, the 2014 Vezina winner started back to back games against the Lightning and Capitals after taking a cross-country flight from Los Angeles to Tampa on Monday.
Following Friday’s practice, Julien wouldn’t rule Bergeron out for Saturday’s pivotal contest with the Maple Leafs. The 10th year Bruins coach also expects Rask to be ready to go between the pipes as the Bruins look to extend their lead to five points over the Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division.
“He’s day to day and he’s doing really well,” Julien said about Bergeron after Friday’s practice in Brighton. “I’m certainly not erasing him from our lineup tomorrow.”
“After tomorrow, we have four straight days [off] and he’s had two [days off] after the Washington game so he’s getting some rest,” Julien said about Rask. “Tomorrow, we expect him to be in goal.”