The Bruins were missing quite a few of their players at practice at the TD Garden on Tuesday, with Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski, and Andrej Meszaros missing, in addition to Chris Kelly (back) and Daniel Paille, who left the ice shaken after a hit by Jake McCabe on Saturday.
That was partly because the Bruins are battling a flu bug, which makes the fact that they don’t start their first-round series against the Red Wings until Friday look like a stroke of luck for the team.
Asked about the return of the absent players, Julien said, “I don’t know for sure, I would like to think so. As you know, the flu bug has hit our team right now. So we’re trying to manage that the best we can and the best thing right now is to keep those guys away from others, but seems like a few more have gotten that. Started off I think just before Saturday’s game, certain players, and then just kind of evolved from there. We’re trying to manage it right now.
“As far as tomorrow’s concerned, you keep your fingers crossed and hope that that’s the end of it and that your players are going to start coming back.”
Julien gave no update on Paille, saying that the team is not discussing injuries at this point in the season.