The Bruins may soon receive some reinforcements as defenseman Hampus Lindholm was on the ice practicing at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning, one day before Boston takes on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup playoff series.
Lindholm, who was wearing a white sweater rather than a red non-contact uniform, has not yet been cleared for Game 5, according to coach Bruce Cassidy. But Cassidy also would not rule out Lindholm, indicating a potential return.
“If he’s cleared, he’s in,” Cassidy told reporters Monday, per The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa.
Cassidy had offered updates on Lindholm’s progression and said Sunday before Game 4 that it was a possibility the defenseman could return for Game 5. Lindholm, who was acquired at the NHL trade deadline, would give the Bruins a much-appreciated boost on the blue line especially considering that Charlie McAvoy was placed in COVID-19 protocol a half hour before Sunday’s puck drop.
The Bruins will battle the Hurricanes on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. You can watch it live on NESN, including an hour of pregame coverage.