Both Rick Nash (concussion) and Sean Kuraly (lower body) returned to practice for the Bruins on Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton. The two appear on track to return for Thursday’s Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
Nash resumed his regular role prior to his concussion, which he suffered on March 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He skated on the right wing with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
Kuraly, meanwhile, slid back into the fourth-line center role between Tim Schaller and Tommy Wingels.
#NHLBruins practice lines:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 10, 2018
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Krejci - Rick Nash
Heinen - Gionta - Backes
Schaller - Kuraly - Wingels
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Miller
Grzelcyk - McQuaid
Riley Nash and Noel Acciari are not on the ice.
Neither Riley Nash (head) nor Noel Acciari skated on Tuesday. Nash continues to recover from a head laceration suffered against the Florida Panthers on March 31, while Acciari’s status was unclear as of the start of practice.
Rookie Ryan Donato didn’t take part in regular line rushes and could be the odd man out on Thursday. At Tuesday’s skate, Brian Gionta centered the third line between Danton Heinen and David Backes in Riley Nash’s absence.
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