WILMINGTON, Mass. — Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward didn’t join his teammates on their pre-Christmas road trip to St. Louis and New Jersey so he could skate on his own and speed his recovery from an ankle injury.

Today he went through practice with the full squad at Ristuccia Arena and said after that he will travel for the Bruins’ upcoming three-game jaunt to Carolina, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

“My target was the day I came back in Atlanta, so we’re revisiting the scene of the crime. Hopefully I play at some point in this road trip,” he explained.

Ward was originally injured Nov. 29 against Detroit. After he missed four games he returned for the game in Atlanta Dec. 12. Two shifts in, he left with a reaggravation of the injury. He started skating again a few days later and today he double checked that he wouldn’t have a repeat of what went down in Atlanta the last time.

“We just tested it. We did what I did last time when I hurt it. And it’s fine,” he said.

Head coach Claude Julien said Ward will take the pregame skate with the team tomorrow in Raleigh and then decisions will be made.