Ference

Ference

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Defenseman Andrew Ference hasn’t joined his Boston Bruins teammates for a game since April 4.

But his undisclosed injury hasn’t bothered him since he started skating again more than a week ago in Montreal. Ference went through all the drills again today at Ristuccia Arena without a hitch. So the plan to get the blueliner back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Carolina seems still intact.

“I think so. He feels good; we’ve talked to him. And again, it allows him every day to get into practice with our team and compete at the level where he’s going to have to compete more or less when we start the series,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “But right now I’d put him more on the yes side than the no side. Having said that, the decision hasn’t been made. And we’ll have to probably wait until game day to make our final decision. But we’re heading in the right direction and I feel more confident than not that he’ll be ready.”

Ference was limited by injury to just one game against Carolina during the regular season and he registered an assist in that contest.