Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton is out of COVID protocol and skated with the team at practice Monday ahead of a big tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Clifton is the second Boston Bruins defenseman to exit the protocol in the last three days as fellow rearguard Derek Forbort did so on Friday and played in the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Matt Grzelcyk remains as the only Bruin still in COVID protocol.
Following practice at Warrior Arena Monday, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gave updates on Clifton, Grzelcyk, and the injured Nick Foligno who skated with the team as well.
“Very close,” Cassidy said of Foligno and Grzelcyk, whom he did not rule out against the Hurricanes Tuesday.
Defenseman John Moore (lower-body) and forward Trent Frederic did not skate with the team at practice Monday.
Cassidy also told the media in a Zoom call Monday that goalie Tuukka Rask will make his second start of the season. Rask made 25 saves in his season debut – a 3-2 Bruins win over the Philadelphia Flyers – and is 1-0-0 with 2.01 GAA and .926 save percentage.
The Boston Bruins are in the midst of a seven-game homestand. They’re 3-0-0 thus far after beating the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Wednesday, the Flyers Thursday, and the Preds this past Saturday. After their game against the Canes on Tuesday, they will host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 PM ET), the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (3 PM ET), and the Anaheim Ducks next Monday (7 PM ET).
Here’s what the lineup looked like at practice on Monday.
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Craig Smith
Taylor Hall – Erik Haula – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – Charlie Coyle – Oskar Steen
Anton Blidh – Tomas Nosek – Curtis Lazar
Urho Vaakanainen – Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort – Connor Clifton