BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been a healthy scratch the last two games. Coach Claude Julien said it’ll be a game-time decision whether or not Stuart will play against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.
Stuart missed a total of 18 games with a broken finger and has played only three games since he returned on Jan. 17. Meanwhile, Adam McQuaid has been playing well on Boston’s blue line.
“[Stuart] was out for quite a while and those six guys did a pretty good job, did a really good job, actually,” said Julien, speaking of McQuaid, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Steven Kampfer, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk. “You’ve got to make sure you don’t penalize those guys just because Stuey comes back.
“At the same time, Stuey’s a good player for us and we gotta hopefully keep him going as well, so we’re going to try to balance that out.”