In last Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh, Boychuk drilled David Krejci on the right leg with a slap shot. Krejci then missed Tuesday’s loss in Winnipeg because of the injury.
In last Saturday’s win over the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin hummed a puck off Boychuk’s back.
Bergeron, Chara, Andrew Ference, and Brad Marchand were excused from Friday’s practice. Spooner and Lane MacDermid replaced Bergeron and Marchand alongside Tyler Seguin . . . Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have not registered a point in their last three games. They had seemingly busted their slump in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Washington, when both submitted three-point games. “I thought they worked a little harder in the areas where we’ve asked them to work,” Julien said of the two wingmen against Ottawa. “They’ve got to carry that into the next game. If they don’t, we’re back at square one.” . . . Spooner needed some patchwork on his left cheek after he was hit by a deflected puck.