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Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo skates, but remains ‘doubtful’ for Game 3

04.16.17 at 2:25 pm ET
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The Bruins do not expect Brandon Carlo to play in Game 3. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins do not expect Brandon Carlo to play in Game 3. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins still do not who their sixth defenseman will be tomorrow, but it doesn’t sound like it will be Brandon Carlo.

Injured in the regular season finale on a hit from Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin that drove Carlo into the boards face first, the 20-year-old Carlo has missed the first two games of the club’s round one series with the Senators with what’s been called an upper-body injury, but a positive came with his return back to the ice for today’s optional practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

In a workout short on any sort of real battle drills, Carlo’s skate was ‘OK’ according to Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, and while that’s a sign of progress, again, it’s not one that’s expected to land the first-year pro back in the lineup for a pivotal Game 3 at TD Garden.

“He’s day-to-day,” Cassidy said of Carlo. “But tomorrow is doubtful.”

Carlo, one of three Bruins players to have skated in all 82 games during the regular season, recorded six goals and 16 points, along with a plus-9 rating and 20:48 of ice-time per night.

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