BRIGHTON, Mass – They are still going to be in undermanned territory, but the Bruins will be getting one of their defensemen back this weekend with Brandon Carlo’s return to good health.
Carlo has been practicing with the Bruins all week and led the post-practice stretch on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena while looking like he’s going to return from his upper body injury for Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
“Carlo looks good,” said Bruce Cassidy. “He’ll be a game time decision, but I would say that he’s probable for [Saturday against the Wings].”
Carlo has been out since a Nov. 10 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and has missed nine games with what’s suspected to be a shoulder injury, so the return of his size, strength and penalty killing to the lineup will be a big B’s boost after losing Kevan Miller for at least the next month.
The 22-year-old Carlo has been itching to return and thought he might have even been a possibility for Thursday night vs. the Isles, but the Bruins played it safe, had him sit one more game and are expected to get his 6-foot-5 shutdown game back in this weekend.
“I’m feeling good. Overall I’m feeling pretty good on the ice. Shooting is good. Passing is good. Taking contact is pretty good,” said Carlo. “If it were up to me I would have probably jumped back in a long time ago, but I think it’s the name of the game that you don’t want to go back in and then get injured that night.
“So overall it’s tough to sit around and watch when you want to be playing, and I feel like I can contribute a lot to the D-corps right. I felt like I was playing pretty good when I got injured, so I just want to build off that. It’s so much fun to play hockey and I was having a lot of fun this season. It’s all I want to be doing.”
In addition to Carlo looking like a return is in the cards for him, Charlie McAvoy skated at Friday’s practice in a non-contact jersey for the first time in a month and is clearly starting to feel better. David Krejci was missing with a maintenance day after taking the heavy Thomas Hickey hit in Thursday night’s win over the Isles, but is expected to play Saturday. Tuukka Rask will get the call to start on Saturday vs. Detroit, marking the first time in weeks that the Bruins goaltender has been given two consecutive starts for the B’s.
Here are the lines and pairings from Friday’s practice with the team preparing for a home game vs. Detroit this weekend:
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