Before playoffs, B's take on the flu

BOSTON -- The Bruins held their first postseason practice Tuesday at TD Garden as they prepare to host the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.

Many players were absent, including Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller and Andrej Meszaros. Coach Claude Julien said the flu bug is working its way around the locker room, but he’s hoping all will be able to return to practice this week before Friday’s game.

“I don’t know for sure but I’d like to think so,” Julien said. “The flu bug has hit our team right now, so we’re trying to manage that the best we can, and the best thing right now is to keep those guys away from others. A few more have gotten that, and it started before Saturday’s game with certain players and it’s just kind of evolved from there. We’re trying to manage it right now. As far as tomorrow’s concerned, you keep your fingers crossed and hope that’s the end of it and that your players are going to start coming back.”

Since the organization has gone into lockdown mode on injuries, Julien would not give an update on Paille’s status.