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Claude Julien optimistic Adam McQuaid will play against Canadiens 10.24.11 at 12:56 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — One bit of good news for the Bruins as their schedule sees a break in game action until Thursday is that it gives injured defenseman Adam McQuaid more time to recover from his neck injury.

McQuaid has been considered day-to-day for some time since his injury, which was suffered when he crashed into the boards Oct. 12 in Carolina. He was considered a game-time decision last Tuesday against the Hurricanes, but after taking part in the team’s morning skate was not on the ice for warmups that night. He went on to miss Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs, and after returning to practice on Friday did not play Saturday against the Sharks.

“He’s feeling good, so it’s just a question of time here. I guess I’m optimistic, and that’s what I’m allowed to be as far as him being ready for Thursday,” coach Claude Julien said. “I’ve kind of made some comments in the past, and it’s kind of come back to bite me, but he’s been fine now for a few days, so I’m very confident that things are going to keep going in that direction.”

McQuaid, who missed the last four Bruins’ contests and five total games (he was sick for the season-opener), has two assists and a plus-2 rating in three games this season.

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Bruins begin practice-heavy week at 11:02 am ET
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WILMINGTON – After taking the day off Sunday and with no games on tap until the start of a home-and-home with the Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins have returned to Wilmington for what promises to be a practice-heavy week.

Jordan Caron is back up with the team, making his assignment to Providence Sunday nothing more than an opportunity to give the youngster some playing time after being the healthy scratch in the Bruins’ last two games.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid also practiced with the team. He has missed the team’s last four games with a neck injury that the team is treating as a concussion to be safe.

The lines looked the same, with the fourth line once again wearing the white jerseys, which traditionally signify first-liners.

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronNathan Horton
Milan LucicChris KellyTyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – David KrejciRich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

The Bruins made heavy use of the foam blocks for the first half hour of practice, stacking them for target-practice and using one in front of nets to work on rebounds.

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Bruins-Sharks Live Blog: Sharks take lead again 10.22.11 at 6:39 pm ET
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Steven Kampfer likely to make season debut, David Krejci a game-time decision 10.20.11 at 12:11 pm ET
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David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Maple Leafs Thursday night, with defenseman Steven Kampfer “likely” to play and Adam McQuaid out, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team’s morning skate.

Krejci has been out since injuring his core in last Tuesday’s practice but has returned to skating and practicing with the team this week. If he is to play, he will likely skate on a line with Rich Peverley and either Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot. Julien also indicated that lines could be changed if Krejci does not play, but Peverley has centered the third line with Caron and Pouliot at points in practice over the last two days.

Kampfer suffered a left knee sprain in the team’s Sept. 29 preseason game agaisnt the Senators. With the Bruins sending Matt Bartkowski to Providence and McQuaid still out with a neck injury (he did not participate in morning skate), the indication is that Kampfer will play.

“Medically I’m cleared for contact and everything like that,” Kampfer said after the morning skate. “‘€¦ Obvioiusly it’s [Julien's] call what the deal is for today, but I’m going to prepare as if I’m going to play.”

Should something go wrong with Kampfer during the day, Julien said the Bruins would call someone up from Providence.

Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, meaning he is expected to get the start against Toronto.

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Adam McQuaid a game-time decision for Bruins vs. Hurricanes 10.18.11 at 11:47 am ET
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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who left last Wednesday’s contest against the Hurricanes with a neck injury after crashing into the boards and sat out Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks, is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday night against the Hurricanes, Claude Julien said Tuesday. McQuaid returned to practice Monday and participated in Tuesday’s morning skate.

In three games this season (he missed opening night due to an illness), McQuaid has two points. Should McQuaid be unable to Tuesday, Matt Bartkowski will play his third game of the season.

In other injury news, David Krejci and Steven Kampfer were also on the ice in Tuesday’s morning skate. Krejci injured his core in last Tuesday’s practice, and though Julien said that the first-line center is “inching closer to returning,” Krejci will not play Tuesday. Kampfer, who is recovering from a left knee sprain suffered on Sept. 29, is still awaiting clearance for contact drills.

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Bruins could get Adam McQuaid back on Tuesday 10.17.11 at 2:55 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins are close to getting one of their injured defensemen back, as Adam McQuaid participated in Monday’s practice after skating Sunday. McQuaid is suffering from a neck injury sustained when he crashed into the boards last Wednesday against the Hurricanes.

“I skated a little bit yesterday and feel like I’ve been doing more and more every day,” McQuaid said Monday after practice. “I’m feeling better each day.”

McQuaid said there was “not too much” discomfort in Monday’s practice, and he is viewed by coach Claude Julien as “probably” a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes. That’s certainly good news for the second-year defenseman.

“It feels good just to be back out with the guys and skating again,” McQuaid said. “We’ll see how things go here the rest of the day and tomorrow.”

The Bruins have been treating McQuaid as though he suffered a concussion, though they seem to doubt the injury is anything more than to the neck. Still, as a precaution he will undergo necessary testing before he is cleared to return to game action.

“McQuaid’s been good,” Julien said Monday. “He’s done every test that he has to go through right now, the biking, the exertion and all that stuff, so things are going well,” Julien said. “His headaches are non-existent, which we had felt it was probably more the neck injury that was causing that. It seems to be going that way, but we’re treating it as a concussion because that’s the safest route to take. He’s going to go through all the tests, and we’ll see how it is tomorrow.”

McQuaid has only played two full games for the B’s this season. He was kept out of the season-opener against the Flyers because he was under the weather, and after playing against the Lightning and Avalanche was injured in the third period in Carolina. In three games this season, McQuaid has two assists.

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Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer back at practice; David Krejci still absent at 10:55 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, with a couple of injured defenseman taking part in the skate. Adam McQuaid, who suffered a head last Wednesday, was back on the ice after missing Saturday’s game. Steven Kampfer is back to skating with the team after suffering a sprained left knee in the Bruins’ Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators.

David Krejci did not take the ice Monday. He suffered a core injury during last Tuesday’s practice. With Krejci out, Tyler Seguin remains on the first line with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

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