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Bruins hopeful Ryan Spooner (concussion) could play Wednesday vs. Flames

03.15.17 at 1:13 am ET
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Ryan Spooner could be back in the lineup on Wednesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Bruins center Ryan Spooner (concussion) could be back in the lineup on Wednesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Bruins forward Ryan Spooner has been seen around the rink and even on the ice since suffering a concussion last week against the Senators.

That on its own is a good sign for the Bruins.

Remember, David Backes was told to not look at screens or even come to the rink during the worst and early days of his concussion recovery. Spooner continued to progress when he traveled to Western Canada with the rest of his teammates. That progression took its next and perhaps last step at an optional skate on Tuesday morning, as Spooner was on the ice and working out with his teammates in hopes of maybe playing in Wednesday’s head-to-head with the white-hot Flames.

“He went through the last part of his [concussion] protocol,” said Bruins interim coach Bruce Cassidy when asked about Spooner’s status. “We’re cautiously optimistic if he comes out of [Tuesday]’s skate and he’s fine, then he’ll probably play [Wednesday].”

Back in his natural center position under Cassidy, the 25-year-old Spooner has returned to form of late, with three goals and seven points in 11 Cassidy-coached contests, and will return to that spot if he does indeed play on Wednesday, according to Cassidy. Who that would leave on the outs remains something Cassidy will think about that until then, too.

“He would go back in as the third line center, so we’d move [Riley] Nash to the wing on the third or fourth line, we’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Cassidy, who has regularly featured a revolving door of ice-time among his bottom-six forwards, noted. “Until he’s ready to go and he tells me he’s back in, then I don’t want to speculate who would come out.”

The 5-foot-10 Spooner has tallied 11 goals and 34 points in 65 games for the Black and Gold this season.

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