Boston Bruins

Sep 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Nick Foligno (17) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Injured in the second game of the season, Bruins winger Nick Foligno has by all means been out of sight, out of mind for the last five games.

Speaking after that loss in Philadelphia, the Bruins didn’t seem overly alarmed, noting that Foligno “pulled something.” That was the last we knew before Foligno underwent an MRI and before the Bruins placed the 33-year-old on injured reserve.

But Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has delivered his first post-injured reserve update on veteran winger, and it’s sort of your classic good news, bad news kind of update.

“He’s skating, which is good,” Cassidy said following Sunday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “But not with us, which is unfortunately not gonna put him the lineup anytime [soon]. We’ll still list him as where he’s been.”

With Foligno out, the Bruins have tried a number of wingers to the right of Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula on the Black and Gold’s third line. It started with Tomas Nosek and switched to Craig Smith shortly into the team’s first game without Foligno, with other options on the right side of the third line including P-Bruins callup Oskar Steen, and Curtis Lazar in their most recent contest.

The other ‘good’ news for the Bruins is that Foligno has plenty of time to recover, as the Bruins will be off until Thursday, and then have a separate six-day gap between games later this month.

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