News: Joe Vitale (upper body) took part in line rushes during Wednesday's morning skate, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Analysis: Joe Vitale hasn't played since March 20, but his presence in line rushes is a pretty good indicator that he's ready to return. The center recorded just one goal and 13 assists in 53 regular season games this year, so his absence wouldn't have a huge effect if he can't go.
News: Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) will be available for Thursday's Game 1 against the Bruins, the Detroit News reports. Analysis: Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start Thursday, but it's good news that Jonas Gustavsson will be there to back him up. Gustavsson finished the regular season with a 16-5-4 record, a .907 save percentage, and a 2.63 GAA in 27 appearances.
News: Evgeni Malkin (foot) took part in line rushes during Wednesday's morning skate, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Analysis: Evgeni Malkin was back on the ice for Tuesday's practice as well, so all signs point toward him being in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1.
News: Matt Bartkowski (unspecified reason) did not practice Wednesday. Analysis: It's unclear what's ailing Matt Bartkowski, but we should have a better idea regarding his status for Friday's playoff opener by Thursday. Bartkowski recorded 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 games for the Bruins this past season, so in playoff pools he's only an option for heavy backers of Boston.
News: Steve Mason (upper body) did not practice Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Analysis: Head coach Craig Berube said Tuesday that he expected to increase Steve Mason's workload at Wednesday's practice, but Mason wasn't on the ice at all. Assuming he suffered a setback in his recovery, backup Ray Emery is expected to get the call between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1.
News: Chris Kelly (back) did not practice Wednesday. Analysis: As Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings approaches, Chris Kelly remains day-to-day, with Justin Florek filling in for him at practice on the Bruins' third line, which also features Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg.
News: Daniel Paille (unspecified injury) did not practice Wednesday. Analysis: The Bruins are calling Daniel Paille (who was helped off the ice this past Saturday after absorbing a check) day-to-day, which clouds his status for Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings. Meanwhile, Jordan Caron is skating on the B's fourth line in practice in place Paille.
News: Derick Brassard (back) practiced with the team Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Derick Brassard left Tuesday's practice after hurting his back, but head coach Alain Vigneault said he expected the center to be available for Thursday's Game 1 against the Flyers. The fact that he was back on the ice Wednesday makes him look like a pretty safe bet to play at this point.
News: Patrice Bergeron (lower body) skated on a line with Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith at Wednesday's practice. Analysis: Patrice Bergeron sat out the Bruins' regular-season finale with a minor lower body injury, but his presence at practice Wednesday -- while skating with his usual linemates, is a strong indication that he'll be good to go for Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings.
News: Steve Downie (upper body) did not practice Wednesday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Analysis: There's still no update on Steve Downie's condition, but it's a little troubling that he returned from a head injury just last week. Keep an eye on the team's morning skate Thursday prior to Game 1, but it sounds like he'll probably be watching from the press box.