Both Zdeno Chara and David Krejci practiced Tuesday as the Bruins returned to TD Garden. Chara could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Blackhawks, while Claude Julien said Krejci is still a bit behind.
Simon Gagne is on a personal leave of absence, Claude Julien said. Gagne was not at practice, with Julien saying the Bruins ‘don’t know’ how long Gagne’s leave will be. Gagne’s skates and belongings were still in his stall during media availability following practice.
Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille were also absent from practice, while David Warsofsky practiced with the team for the first time since suffering a groin strain last month. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Adam McQuaid skated prior to practice.
With so many players on offense missing, Loui Eriksson skated on Krejci’s line. Julien said afterwards that Eriksson’s placement in practice was strictly because of the lack of forwards.
‘I had to just throw guys together because we were short today,’ Julien said.
The lines and defensive pairings were as follows:
Lucic – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Bottom-six: Campbell, Fraser, Kelly, Griffith
Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Miller
Krug – Trotman
Warsofsky, Bartkowski, Morrow