Updated with Thomas’ comments.
BOSTON — Bruins head coach Claude Julien said today after his team’s morning skate in preparation for its game at Washington that there is a “good possibility” we’ll see Tim Thomas play in net Wednesday night when the Capitals come to TD Garden.
Julien followed up that statement by saying things could change depending on Thomas’ health and the doctors’ advice Wednesday morning.
Thomas practiced with the non-game players at the Garden today. He has not been in an exhibition game this preseason while continuing to rehab from offseason hip surgery.
“There hasn’t been a final decision,” Thomas said. “We’re in constant communication with the doctor. They have to give the green light. That hasn’t happened as of yet.”
Thomas said that practices don’t simulate everything he would have to go through in a game. But he is able to move and do certain things. As far as feeling like himself and the way he would at this time of the season prior to the surgery, he said he feels different.
“You can feel it. It’s a big surgery,” he said. “Even if it’s game-ready and at a point where you can play close to your highest level, I think you’re still going to feel it for a while. That’s just the nature of these types of injuries. It’s not going to like ‘oh, it’s gone.’”
•Here are your probable lines for tonight’s game at D.C.:
On defense, Boston will dress Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Hunwick, Steve Kampfer, Adam McQuaid and Mark Stuart.
Tuukka Rask and Nolan Schaefer are the goaltenders making the trip.
•The Bruins returned Ryan Spooner to Peterborough (OHL) and assigned Jamie Arniel to Providence (AHL) as they moved closer to what their roster will look like when they depart for Belfast Wednesday night.