BOSTON (CBS) — Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller missed Saturday’s Bruins win over Philadelphia due to minor injuries, and both were absent from the team’s practice on Monday.
Yet head coach Claude Julien said the two players will travel with the team this week for a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg, and there’s a chance they could play.
“They’re coming on the trip with us,” Julien said. “They’re still day-to-day because [we’re] being cautious at this time of year. We’re just not pushing them. But they’re coming on the trip. Chances they could play? Yes.”
Asked whether the players would be able to play if the playoffs began today, Julien answered in the affirmative.
“No doubt,” he said.
Last week, the 36-year-old Iginla was scratched from the Bruins’ lineup with a lower-body injury, and it was the first game he missed due to injury since 2007.
The Bruins locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference over the weekend, and Julien spoke Monday about what he hopes his team can accomplish in the final four games of the regular season.
“We don’t have any easy games,” Julien said, noting the motivation of the teams left on the schedule. “I think for us it’s really the consistency, the thought that if we play well we still have a chance to finish at the top of the league. No matter whether we rest players or not, we still have something to play for. And we should play for that.”
The Bruins play Tuesday night in Minnesota and Thursday in Winnipeg. Their final home game of the regular season will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Buffalo, and their regular-season finale will be Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.