BRIGHTON, MA – The Bruins practiced at Warrior Arena Friday in advance of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Toronto Maple Leafs that they lead 1-0 after a 5-1 win in Game 1. Forward Riley Nash was back skating for the first time since taking a puck to his ear that required 40 stitches on March 31. Tommy Wingels, however, was not on the ice after being the recipient of his from behind by Leafs forward Nazem Kadri in the third period of Game 1.
“Skated today and progressing well – I don’t believe he’ll play tomorrow but I don’t believe he’ll play tomorrow,” Cassidy said of Nash. “We’ll make that decision tomorrow and we’ll see. He’s trending well, but tomorrow looks doubtful.
As for Wingels, Cassidy termed him as questionable for tomorrow.
“Wingels is still being evaluated by doctors today and obviously not on the ice for that reason,” Cassidy said. “Tomorrow will be a better read on him, but I’d put him as questionable for now. I wouldn’t rule him out but we’ll see tomorrow.”
As for any potential lineup changes and roster shuffling, specifically, if rookie Donato will see his first playoff action, after being a healthy scratch in Game 1?
“We’ll have to think that one through, which we’ve already begun doing,” Cassidy said. “I think Ryan played really well when he was here for his 12 games and we plan on using Ryan, but at the right time. So if he went in, we do prefer him on the left wing as opposed as the center or on the right. Again, [Danton] Heinen can move over, ‘Gio’ [Gionta] is a right winger, so we got options there. I don’t know today though.”
Here’s what the forward lines and defensive pairings looked like Friday at practice:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Rick Nash
Donato – Acciari – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Heinen
Gionta – Riley Nash
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Miller
Grzelcyk – McQuaid