With no practice and no media availability, hereís the latest version of Plus/Minus:
+ Patrice Bergeronís good health. Bergeron skated hard Saturday morning in Raleigh. Bergeron should return during the homestand, perhaps as early as Monday. But the best sign was a smiling Bergeron, proclaiming himself fit and feeling good. Bergeron is as good a person as youíll find in pro sports.
+ Gregory Campbellís performance in elevated role. With Bergeron unavailable for the last six games, Campbell had to assume greater responsibilities. Campbell hit all his marks. Campbellís scoring streak ended last night, but he helped to set up the first goal with his forechecking and wall work. The Bruins will be stronger when Campbell returns to his normal position, butthe gritty center did an excellent job in a top-six role.
+ The impending arrival of Carl Soderberg. The forward will travel to Boston on Tuesday. Itís an event thatís been anticipated for more than five years.
- Milan Lucicís quiet game. Lucic snapped his nine-game goal-scoring drought Saturday night. But Lucic is still chasing the game and fighting himself. Lucic canít find his rhythm and seems mystified by how his game has gone missing. Donít see a lack of effort, but simply a player whoís lost his confidence and doesnít have many things to feel good about. Lucic has to work himself through this slump. Heís too important to his team.
- Shift-to-shift inconsistency. This has been a problem for several weeks. The Bruins canít gain any rhythm because they donít know what theyíre going to get from each line. Theyíre at their best when four lines are rolling smoothly. Instead, theyíre sputtering.
- Too much thinking. Mentally, the Bruins are tired. They play like theyíre overprocessing each sequence. When that happens, they hesitate and make mistakes. Players are successful when they play instinctively.