BOSTON — Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien today had a brief update on both injured winger Milan Lucic and defenseman Andrew Ference, neither of whom practiced with the team today at TD Banknorth Garden.

Lucic, who missed last night’s game with  Ottawa and didn’t practice Wednesday either,  is out with an undisclosed injury. Julien said he’s improving and remains day-to-day.

Ference, out since Nov. 13 with a broken foot,  was once ahead of schedule. He’d joined the team for practices and morning skates last week but he left the ice early Jan. 5 and hasn’t skated since.

“He’s pretty close,” Julien said. “We had to pull him back a little bit here. So we’re back to the original  schedule.”

Initial doctors’ forecasts had Ference not returning until next week or the week after.