Bruins hope to have at least one more D-man healthy in Columbus

Ference/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — After a second straight day of practicing with the team, Bruins defensemen Andrew Ference and Steven Kampfer are progressing well.

Whether either player can be the sixth defenseman in Columbus Tuesday night, however, remains to be seen. The Bruins are betting on one of them playing because head coach Claude Julien said the team will not make a call-up before departing.

“We feel that one of them will be ready,” said Julien,” and hopefully two.”

Although Ference seemed for some time like the player ahead of the pack to make a return from his lower-body injury, now it appears Kampfer, out since March 3 with a concussion, is the leader in the clubhouse to face the Blue Jackets.

“As far as I know, I”m good to go,” said the rookie, who noted that he just needs one more approval from a doctor over the phone. “[Whether I'll be in the lineup] is Claude’s decision. I feel ready to go.”

Ference, who’s been out since Feb. 26, declared after practice that he wouldn’t play Tuesday before his coach spoke and left the door open for a return.

“[I feel] a little better every day. It’s going as expected, I guess,” said Ference. “There’s hasn’t been too much physical contact [in practices] so we’ll see.”

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