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Adam McQuaid back at Bruins practice 03.15.13 at 11:31 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid took the ice for Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena after missing Thursday’s game against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury.

All other Bruins were accounted for Friday at Ristuccia, with Chris Kelly (out indefinitely with a broken tibia) the only player not on the ice. The color-coded lines were the same as they were the last two games.

Milan LucicDavid KrejciMilan Lucic
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

The B’s will host the Capitals Saturday and face the Penguins in Pittsburgh Sunday.

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Adam McQuaid day-to-day, out vs. Panthers 03.14.13 at 11:55 am ET
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Adam McQuaid will not play Thursday night against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury. McQuaid was hit in the hand with a puck Tuesday against the Penguins and did not participate in Thursday’s morning skate, though he did take the ice by himself following the skate.

Claude Julien gave a minimal update on McQuaid’s status following the session Thursday morning.

“Day-to-day, just a minor injury,” Julien said. “He’s not going to play tonight. He should be hopefully good to go tomorrow.”

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, indicating he’ll be in net for the B’s Thursday night. With McQuaid out and Aaron Johnson in, the lines and defensive pairings looked like the following:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciMilan Lucic
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Adam McQuaid rejoins Bruins, available vs. Devils 01.29.13 at 11:14 am ET
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Adam McQuaid was on the ice Tuesday morning at TD Garden after missing Monday night’s game against the Hurricanes due to personal reasons. McQuaid was joined by extra forwards Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo, while Jordan Caron skated earlier in the morning as he continued to work his way back from an upper-body injury.

Following the skate, Claude Julien said that McQuaid is available for Tuesday night against the Devils and that the team will “make a decision today before the game.”

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Adam McQuaid (personal reasons) out vs. Hurricanes 01.27.13 at 12:51 pm ET
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WILMINGTON – Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will not play Monday night against the Hurricanes due to personal reasons, Claude Julien said after the team’s practice Sunday at Ristuccia Arena.

McQuaid was the only member of the team missing from Sunday’s practice. He is expected back in Boston on Monday night, meaning he should be available for Tuesday’s game at TD Garden against the Devils.

With McQuaid out, Aaron Johnson will play his third game of the season. In stepping in for the injured Dennis Seidenberg against the Jets and Rangers this past week, Johnson played 16:03 and 11:52, respectively, with a minus-1 and a penalty in the team’s overtime loss to the Rangers.

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Adam McQuaid cleared to play, no surprises in morning skate 01.19.13 at 11:40 am ET
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Everybody was on the ice and the lines and defensive pairings were as expected as the Bruins held their morning skate in anticipation of Saturday’s season opener against the Rangers.

Claude Julien said that Adam McQuaid has been given clearance to play after recovering from blood clot surgery over the last few months, so expect to see him in the lineup.

In a bit of obvious news, Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, meaning he’ll get the nod in net for the B’s. Depth guys Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo and David Warsofsky were also on the ice, meaning everyone was accounted for at the skate.

Based on morning skate, the lines, defensive pairings and goaltenders are as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris KellyRich Peverley
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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Adam McQuaid: ‘I feel like I’m pretty close’ 01.13.13 at 3:40 pm ET
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The Bruins expect Adam McQuaid to be ready to go for the season-opener as he recovers from blood clot surgery, and the physical blueliner said after Sunday’s practice that he is still continuing to improve as he gets his strength back.

“I feel like I’m pretty close,” McQuaid said. “It’s a different situation, right? But I still feel like every day is honestly getting better and it’s coming pretty quick. We have a little bit of time here, and hopefully another week or so will go a long ways and we’ll see from there. I’d love more than anything to be able to play, but we’ll see.

“I feel like I’m moving pretty good,” he added. “Obviously the strength side of it will just be something I’ll continue to work on, just upper-body strength, but again, that’s something that can come pretty quick.”

McQuaid got surgery in October for a blood clot under his collarbone after his right arm swelled considerably. Though he was locked out at that point due to CBA negations between the NHL and NHLPA, McQuaid was still able to consult Bruins’ doctors on his own without bending rules.

“The physical signs were there. My arm got really swollen, and there was no denying that something was going on, so it was a no-brainer to go get checked out,” he explained. “When I kind of had an idea of what was going on, I got in contact with some of the team doctors just on my own, on behalf of myself. Luckily enough, they worked with me just on a personal level and not with the team. I was pretty fortunate to have those guys watching over everything that was going on.”

As for Peter Chiarelli‘s declaration that McQuaid will play next Saturday against the Rangers, McQuaid said he hopes his general manager is right. After all, McQuaid was in Providence for the 2010 opener and was sick when the B’s opened against the Flyers last season.

“I’m hoping [I can play],” he said. “I haven’t had the opportunity to start a season opener with this team, so I’m hoping that this is going to be the year.”

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Peter Chiarelli says Adam McQuaid should play in season-opener at 10:56 am ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday morning that he expects defenseman Adam McQuaid, who is recovering from blood clot surgery, to play in next Saturday’s season opener against the Rangers.

McQuaid, who underwent the surgery for a blood clot under his collarbone in October, has been skating with teammates as he’s gotten his strength back. Judging by how he looked on the ice in informal practices at Boston University, he had appeared to have lost weight.

“He’s ready to play. He’s cleared to play now,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t know what level of contact he can take — I haven’t talked to our docs yet — but I think he’s completely ready to play.”

Asked whether he’ll be in the lineup next Saturday, Chiarelli replied, “I would assume so, unless he stinks out there.”

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