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Ryan Spooner practiced in full for the second straight day on Tuesday and remains day-to-day as he recovers from a lower-body injury that has hindered him since his return from a groin tear late last month.

The forward came back from the initial injury to play in two games before tweaking the ailment and missing the B’s game with Edmonton on Nov. 26. Spooner proceeded to suit up for the next three contests then exited the lineup again, missing Boston’s wins over the Coyotes and Islanders.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said following practice that a decision on the 25-year-old’s status for Wednesday night’s game in Detroit would be determined in the morning. After a couple of setbacks, Boston’s bench boss wants to make sure Spooner is back for the long haul this time around.

“He’s still practicing full with the team,” Cassidy said following practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I guess the long and short of that [is] he’s still day-to-day. We’ll decide tomorrow. We don’t want to go backwards again. We’ve had a couple of starts and stops with that one.

“We’re going, to the best of our ability, try to manage that so we’re going forward and not re-injuring.”

Should Spooner be ready to play against the Red Wings, Boston would be forced to make a roster decision, something Spooner’s injury helped the team avoid when Jake DeBrusk returned last week. When DeBrusk was activated from injured reserve, Spooner swapped places with the rookie, meaning the Bruins are currently at the 23-man limit.

“He’ll travel with the team, and if tomorrow we decide he’s in the lineup then Donny [Sweeney] and I will talk about how that affects our roster. But we don’t know if he’s going to play tomorrow,” said Cassidy.

In the five games Spooner has played since returning from his extended absence, he has notched a goal and two assists.

Family Time for Miller

Kevan Miller missed practice on Tuesday to be with his wife, Haley, for the birth of the couple’s first child. Cassidy was not sure what the defenseman’s status would be for the game in Detroit, saying family comes first.

“He’s at the hospital. Heard everything was going well so far, so he’s excused for personal reasons,” said Cassidy. “Right now we’re going to let today play out. I think that’s a conversation we’re going to have with the player as well. It could go either way.

“Take care of that part of the business first and we’ll see where he is at personally.”

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Ryan Spooner has never been considered the most physical player on the ice. And he probably never will be.

But this preseason, the 25-year-old center is making a concerted effort to be more engaged without the puck. Chicago’s Tanner Kero found that out the hard way during the Bruins’ 4-2 preseason victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.

Playing with David Pastrnak and Matt Beleskey, Spooner set the tone during the game’s opening minute by dropping Kero with a heavy hit in front of the Bruins bench. The check separated Kero from the puck and jumpstarted Boston’s charge up the ice.

Spooner then drifted toward the middle of the neutral zone where he received a pass from Pastrnak, before floating a backhander to Matt Beleskey. Beleskey then found Pastrnak, who cruised toward the Chicago net and roofed one by Corey Crawford for a 1-0 Bruins lead.

It was the exact type of shift Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been looking for from the former second-round pick.

“He was a crusher on that one – buried a guy,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know if physicality is the proper term. What I want to see is compete. We’ve talked about that. I don’t expect Ryan Spooner to lead our team in hits. But he has to win his share of pucks. How you do that, hard on your stick, sometimes it is body position, sometimes it is knocking a guy off the puck. It was good to see.”

Spooner has made being quicker to the puck one of his top priorities.

“We’ve talked about it before and I think the thing with me is I kind of get in there and I’m gliding a little bit,” said Spooner, who was credited with two hits in 16 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time against Chicago.

“I think [Cassidy] wants me to get in there and take some strides and just close because all the players are good here. If you give them time and space, they’re going to make plays, so as a center, I’ve just got to try to be a bit quicker.”

The Bruins have several young players competing for spots up front, including centers Austin Czarnik, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Sean Kuraly. And with the likes of Kuraly, Tim Schaller, Noel Acciari, David Backes, and Riley Nash having the ability to play both wing and center, Spooner knows he must do everything he can to separate himself from the others and earn a spot on the roster.

His strong skills on the power play work in his favor (he led the Bruins with 4:18 of power-play time against the Blackhawks). But his success at the faceoff dot needs to improve. Spooner won just 39 percent of his draws last season and was 6 of 14 against Chicago.

“Then the third period, specifically, [I] put him out for a D-zone faceoff and he won one, he won maybe both,” said Cassidy. “Just some situations that he knows he has to be harder in. I think the rest of his game will take care of itself. But I thought he was good in that area of the game tonight.”

Blue Line Battle

With Torey Krug sidelined for at least a couple more weeks with a jaw fracture, a spot has opened up on the left side of the Bruins’ back end. Among those angling for the spot are Rob O’Gara (he was on the Opening Night roster a year ago), Matt Grzelcyk (he played two NHL games last season), and Jeremy Lauzon (he’s a first-year pro) – all of whom are left shots.

All three candidates suited up against the Blackhawks on Monday night and performed well. O’Gara led the team with 22 minutes, 28 seconds of ice time, while Grzelcyk (plus-1, one shot) was second among defensemen with 1:46 of ice time on the power play. Lauzon, meanwhile, potted his first goal of the preseason with a seeing-eye wrister from the point and landed three shots on goal.

“I know they push me and push the older guys,” the 24-year-old O’Gara said of the young talent. “It fosters a real competitive nature and it pushes everyone to be the best player they can be, and that’s exactly what you want going into a season. I think that’s the biggest thing to take from kind of coming up in a big group of young guys…pushing each other.

“And you know you’re not the only ones going through this stuff. So you have guys to lean on besides the vets who are awesome.”