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Bruins notes: Carlo’s close, Donato’s a maybe & Kovar gets a look

Matt Kalman
November 28, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Although the Bruins got the bad news that Kevan Miller will be out at least five weeks with a throat injury, there was pleasant news about another injured defenseman Wednesday.

Brandon Carlo, who has been out eight games with an upper-body injury, practiced at Warrior Ice Arena and coach Bruce Cassidy said it’s a “possibility” Carlo will play against the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Thursday.

“I’m feeling good,” Carlo said. “I’m not sure where I’m at with the medical staff yet, some questions there to be answered. But overall I’m feeling pretty good on the ice. Shooting’s good, passing is good, contact’s pretty good. So I’m hopeful.”

Donato not definite

The Bruins called up Ryan Donato from Providence of the AHL on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to improve an offense that has scored 11 goals in the past six games.

But Cassidy didn’t guarantee we’d see Donato play against the Islanders. First and foremost the Bruins were concerned about Jake DeBrusk’s status and wanted to have an extra forward practice with the team just in case. DeBrusk made it through practice after taking a puck off the head Monday in Toronto.

Cassidy is also considering whether Sean Kuraly will get back in the lineup after his first healthy scratch of the season.

For what it’s worth, Donato and Anders Bjork were the only Bruins forwards not to participate in line drills on Wednesday.

Keeping tabs on Kovar

Jan Kovar is 28 and looking for a job in the NHL. He started this season with the Islanders but left them before training camp started despite having signed a one-year, $2 million. He joined Providence on a PTO and had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 12 games. The center practiced with Boston on Wednesday so Cassidy and the coaching staff could get a firsthand look at him.

The native of the Czech Republic didn’t shed much light on why he’s decided that the Providence/Boston organization was a fit for him.

“I don’t know, it’s not a question to me. I just play hockey, that’s it,” he said.

Cassidy repeated an oft-expressed scouting report on Kovar – his skill and hockey sense are satisfactory but there are questions about his ability to play at a NHL pace.