BOSTON — For the second straight gameday, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien decided to go with an optional skate. The strategy didn’t work Tuesday, but we’ll see how it plays out tonight against Ottawa at TD Banknorth Garden.

Conspicuous by his absence at this hour is winger Milan Lucic, who also didn’t practice yesterday because of an undisclosed injury. I’ll have an update on Lucic and the rest of the line-up later today.

Also, at noon we’ll find out which Bruins have made the 2009 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.