Boston Bruins

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 20: Nick Foligno #17 of the Boston Bruins clears the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Bruins have played their last seven games without veteran forward Nick Foligno, but the light at the end of the tunnel may finally be in sight for the sides, according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

“I think the medical team is looking at Thursday,” Cassidy said Monday. “That will probably be a decision for [Tuesday] morning and how he responds after a full practice [Monday]. Him and [Anton] Blidh [both practiced] in normal colors [Monday]. They usually want to get through a night, make sure there’s no [setbacks].”

The B’s bench boss added that the 34-year-old Foligno is ‘itching’ to get back in action, and while a return Tuesday isn’t totally out of the question, Thursday remains the likely target.

“That’s what I’ve been told is [that he’s] closer to Thursday, but maybe they’ll change their mind on him,” said Cassidy.

There’s no denying that the Bruins are also eager to get Foligno back in action, as No. 17 has totaled with one assist, four hits, and three shots in 23:04 of time on ice with the Bruins.

The Bruins would also hope that Foligno’s return would help re-stabilize what’s been a struggling third line grouping, with countless options tried in his place throughout his seven-game absence, and with third-line center Erik Haula posting just one assist through nine games this season.

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