Yesterday Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy addressed the media about the many players who are injured or on some sort of reserve list. He stated that he has every intention of holding a practice today should everyone who self-quarantined through yesterday returned negative Covid test results.
The good news is that the players on the Covid list right now remain at 5. Cassidy said it isn’t clear exactly how many of those players actually tested positive but that he heard that none of them seemed to have any symptoms of illness. He expects that any players that test negative on Wednesday morning will be able to practice and those who cleared will be able to play on Thursday but also stated that Sean Kuraly would be held out of the lineup against the Islanders.
Cassidy also gave updates on other injured players. Brandon Carlo (UBI), Zach Senyshyn (UBI), Kevan Miller (knee), and Jeremy Lauzon (right hand) are all back to skating but will likely not return on Thursday. He expects that each of them will return to play soon. Of Senyshyn, Cassidy said this:
“I talked to [skating and skills coach] Kim Brandvold. He said he feels good, skating well,” Cassidy said of Senyshyn. “I think he’ll need live practice and contact before he can answer [how close he is to returning]. So right now, I would say trending well in his recovery, but needs to be involved in traffic – not overly physical, but normal wear and tear of a hockey practice where you’re battling, and then we’ll make the determination. He’s close.”
John Moore had surgery for an unspecified injury and will be out for a while. Moore has only played in 5 games this season while battling some sort of nagging ailment.
Tuukka Rask (back?) is nearly ready for a return, either Thursday against the Islanders or Saturday against the Sabres. He’s been self-quarantining like all players that were on the last road trip. Trent Frederic, who suffered a lower body injury in the win against the Sabres last Thursday, should be ready to go if he practices. Jarred Tinordi could also return as soon as Thursday.
Cassidy expects that everyone will be lacking some conditioning due to their pause. So that will be fun to see against the division leading Isles.