Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 23: A detail of the Bruins logo on the sweater of Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins during the first period of the preseason game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on September 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tuesday came with the return of forward Curtis Lazar to the practice sheet after missing Sunday’s win over the Canadiens.

And the Bruins, going through yet another extended layoff between games, hope that more help will be on the way by the time they return to game action. Particularly with the potential return of winger Craig Smith.

“I would suspect he’ll be ready by the weekend,” B’s coach Bruce Cassidy said of Smith’s status for the team’s upcoming back-to-back. “That’s what I was told.”

It’s been an odd year for the 32-year-old Smith, who has gone without a point through eight appearances in 2021-22, but has also been limited or battled a nagging injury throughout those eight games. That naturally creates a bit of pause when it comes to Smith’s status, as noted by Cassidy.

“[Smith] has been on target [before] and something crept in,” Cassidy noted. “So as we get closer, let’s get through a team practice and I’ll probably be able to give you a better answer.”

Fourth-line forward Trent Frederic, meanwhile, appears to be behind Smith in terms of his timeline.

“Freddy is OK, but I wouldn’t call him close to going out with us,” Cassidy said. “I think there’s a few more things he has to take care of.”

Frederic took a heavy hit from the Senators’ Josh Brown in last week’s meeting with Ottawa.

The Bruins will have plenty of time to get both players up to speed, of course, as they do not return to game action until Saturday night in Philadelphia.

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