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Center Patrice Bergeron (Back, Groin) Skates At Bruins Practice

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron continued to progress towards a return to full-on practices with his teammates Friday, as he went through a ramped-up skate with Bruins skating coach Kim Brandvold at Warrior Ice Arena.

Sidelined after an offseason groin procedure, and set back with back spasms, the 33-year-old Bergeron has yet to participate in one of Boston's four preseason tilts to date. That's unlikely to change overnight (or perhaps even by Monday), especially as the Bruins depart for a Saturday night, road preseason meeting with the Detroit Red Wings.

But Bergeron insists that the plan and timeline remains the same as it was from the start, as No. 37 is still aiming to get at least one preseason tilt in before suiting up for the Black and Gold's Oct. 3 season opening in Washington.

"Timeline hasn't changed," Bergeron offered. "We're still hoping for the Washington game and go from there.

"Everyday improving, feeling better. Still a little stiff. But that being said, it's going according going to plan right now and we're trying not to jump any steps."

Bergeron, who totaled 30 goals and 63 points in 64 games last year, has missed Opening Night in back-to-back seasons.