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Soderberg, Krejci absent from practice

Posted by Staff September 29, 2013 12:17 PM

Bruins forward Carl Soderberg was injured when he caught a rut in the ice in Friday’s preseason game against Winnipeg, and he was not on the ice for Sunday’s practice at TD Garden.

David Krejci, who missed Friday’s game with back spasms, was also missing from the morning skate.

“Right now, I would say [they are] day-to-day and as we move further, it might be better,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice.

“With Krejci it might be better. With Carl, not sure yet. The injury [he] suffered when he hit a rut the other night, it’s still up in the air, the seriousness of it. We had first deemed it minor, and now its questionable.”

Soderberg has been productive this preseason, scoring a goal in Friday’s 5-0 victory against Winnipeg and a pair of goals in a 2-0 victory last Saturday against Detroit.

Bruins will take another look at younger players

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 27, 2013 02:07 PM
SASKATOON, Sask. – The plan for the Bruins was to unveil their regular season lineup tonight vs. the Jets. But that won't happen, with the team still anxious to see some of the young players fighting for a roster spot again.

"We’ve got some decisions to make," coach Claude Julien said. "So it’ll be close to it, but I don’t think it’ll be necessarily the lineup. [Dennis] Seidenberg is not in tonight. [Daniel] Paille, [Shawn] Thornton aren’t in tonight. We need to see some of those guys, and we’ll go from there."

That means big pressure for guys like Jordan Caron, Nick Johnson, and Ryan Spooner.

Johnson and Caron will play with Gregory Campbell tonight, and will be the focus of the decision makers on the team.

"Those two guys we have to make decisions on," Julien said. "Other guys we have a pretty clear [idea]. Again that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be on, but we know exactly what we get from some of those other players."

Spooner might actually center the top line tonight, because David Krejci may not be able to skate because of back spasms. That would give Spooner a good opportunity to continue his impressive preseason.

The area the brass has had the most trouble with has been the goalies. Tuukka Rask, who is still scheduled to play all of tonight's game, is set in stone as the starter. But behind him Niklas Svedberg has made a good bid to be the backup.

"It's not easy," Julien said. "It hasn't been easy, especially in the goaltending area. That’s where it’s been the toughest. It doesn’t take much to sway one way or another. Let’s be honest here, Svedberg’s played well. So did Johnson in that Detroit game. What maybe tarnished I guess his camp a little bit was that game in Montreal where he just had an average half-game.

"So at the end of the day we’re going to have to make some decisions. It’ll go into a lot of discussions about a lot of things. As you know it’s not just hockey, it’s about development, sometimes about cap. There are a lot of things that come into play. So those are decisions that we’ll certainly make along the way."

Final: Bruins 3, Jets 2

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 26, 2013 08:17 PM

Loui Eriksson scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory. Ryan Spooner assisted the goal.

Goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped 26 of 28 shots in his bid to be the backup to Tuukka Rask this season.

Third period, 2-2 We're headed to overtime here in Winnipeg after a period that saw both sides score. Matt Bartkowski was beaten to a loose puck by Devin Setoguchi and the winger got it past Svedberg for the score. Ryan Spooner got the goal for the Bruins, deserved after how well he's played this preseason. It was his first of the preseason, as he scored on a shot from the point.

Svedberg has continued to be quite impressive in this game, as he tries to beat out Chad Johnson for the backup spot.

Second period, 1-1 Some excellent work by Niklas Svedberg to hold the Jets to one goal at the end of the second period. With the Bruins on the PK, Svedberg was forced into save after save, each of them difficult, to keep the score tied. The shots are now at 22-17 with the Jets in front.

The Bruins took a strange too many men on the ice penalty. Patrice Bergeron was about to step through the door to the bench -- with his replacement on the ice -- when the puck came right to him. He gave it a whack, putting the Bruins on the PK.

First period, 1-1 The Bruins got on the board first, as Brad Marchand made a sweet spin move to get around the defense and sent the puck to Patrice Bergeron. The center scored his first goal of the preseason to put the Bruins up.

The Jets got their goal on a power play, by Devin Setoguchi off a rebound. The penalty was on Dougie Hamilton, his second of the period.

Hamilton came out smoking in this game, seemingly faster and more intense than we've seen him so far in the preseason. He had a nice chance with Bergeron midway through the period, though they weren't able to make good on it. But he went downhill from there, taking those two penalties, one of which ended in a Winnipeg score. The first half of the period was good for him. The second half, less so.

Boston goalie Niklas Svedberg has allowed one goal on nine shots as he makes his case to be Tuukka Rask's backup. Chad Johnson seems to be the favorite at this point, but this is Svedberg's chance to show what he's got.

NHL season simulation predicts Blues will win Stanley Cup

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff September 26, 2013 05:11 PM

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EA Sports has run its annual simulation of the hockey season using its NHL '14 video game, and the St. Louis Blues emerged as the Stanley Cup champions.

It also calls for a Bruins-Penguins rematch in the Eastern Conference Finals, although this time it's the Penguins who will advance, EA Sports says. The Bruins defeated the Penguins 4-0 in last season's conference finals.

The Blackhawks will lose to the Blues in the Western Conference Finals, the simulator says.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gets the nod as the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goalie. The simulation resulted in Rask picking up 41 wins.

Other predicted awards:

Conn Smythe Trophy: Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Duncan Keith (CHI)
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Steven Stamkos (TBL)
Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask (BOS)
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jonathan Toews (CHI)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jonathan Drouin (TBL)
Ted Lindsay: Sidney Crosby(PIT)

Notes from the morning skate

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 26, 2013 02:27 PM
WINNIPEG – Welcome to Winnipeg, where the Bruins will take on the Jets in the first of a back-to-back. The team flies after the game to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where they'll play their final home preseason game. (Yes, home game.)

The top line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla will sit this one out, along with Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly, and Carl Soderberg. That should give the coaching staff a chance to take perhaps a final look at some of the young players vying for spots on the roster. There are still a few decisions to make for the B's in advance of the regular season, which starts a week from today.

One person who is still getting a good look is Jordan Caron, who came into camp as a favorite to make the third line, but who looks now like he's trying to hang on to the last forward spot.

"He's one of those guys that's in the running," coach Claude Julien said. "The one thing with Jordan, he's very reliable on both ends of the ice. He's a big body. He's strong on the puck.

"Right now, the thing that you're looking for is what can he bring besides that part of the game. He's pretty good at that part of it, and a little bit of production and a little bit of offensive, I guess, chances. We've encouraged him to take pucks to the net, stuff like that. We're going to have a good look at him."

The Bruins take on the Jets at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, with the game on the NHL Network.

Bruins close to final roster

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 25, 2013 12:36 PM
The Bruins have completed practice at TD Garden and are traveling to Winnipeg this afternoon. They will play the Jets in Winnipeg tomorrow. The rematch is Friday in Saskatoon.

The Bruins’ opening night roster is most likely set. Here is the lineup from today’s practice:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Matt Fraser-Matt Lindblad-Nick Johnson
Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson
Niklas Svedberg

* The third line, which had two openings before camp, appears locked up. Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith will be Chris Kelly’s wings. Soderberg could see time on the No. 2 power-play unit. Smith could see some penalty-killing shifts like Rich Peverley did in previous seasons.

* Matt Bartkowski projects to be the No. 7 defenseman. Bartkowski and Torey Krug have been very good in camp. Krug’s power-play touch, however, gives him the edge over Bartkowski. Krug will be the quarterback on the No. 1 unit.

* Chad Johnson is the likely backup goalie.

* The final fight is for the spare forward position. Nick Johnson and Jordan Caron are the two likely finalists. Both would require waivers to be assigned to Providence. Matt Fraser, Matt Lindblad, and Ryan Spooner are on their entry-level deals.

Bruins vs. Capitals

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 23, 2013 07:43 PM

Some thoughts, as the Bruins take on the Capitals in their fourth preseason game.

Second period, 1-1 Looks like the Bruins could have something on the power play after struggling for the last five or so years. The B's scored their goal on the PP, on a Dennis Seidenberg shot from the point that was redirected by Zdeno Chara. Chara was camped in front of the net as he has been throughout the preseason. There's an indication that it could work.

The Capitals scored their goal on just their third shot of the game, with Connor Carrick connecting on a slap shot. The Bruins are still leading in that department, with a 23-6 advantage.

First period, 0-0 So far we've seen highlights come from two young guys, Ryan Spooner and Nick Johnson. Spooner, blocked in Boston by David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, came out skating with his usual speed. He can definitely create chances. Johnson has continued his strong play in the preseason. The forward has three goals in the preseason and had a near miss tonight on the fourth.

Couple of fights, with Milan Lucic taking on Joel Rechlicz in the main event. (Kevan Miller and Aaron Volpatti on the undercard.) Rechlicz took some serious punches from Lucic, but remained upright with his helmet eventually flying off. I'd score that one Lucic, no question. Of course, Lucic probably shouldn't be risking injury in the preseason, but that's another matter entirely.

Tuukka Rask stood strong, not allowing a goal by the Capitals in the first 20 minutes. Of course, he wasn't tested much, facing only two shots in the period. Shots are 9-2, Bruins.

Notes from Bruins' morning skate

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 23, 2013 12:06 PM

The Bruins were back on the ice this morning at TD Garden for what was likely their final double session of training camp. The team is down to 31 players (32 including the injured Bobby Robins) and is scheduled for only one practice tomorrow before heading to Winnipeg and Saskatoon later in the week.

Here are the expected lines for tonight's exhibition game against Washington:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Caron-Spooner- Johnson
Soderberg-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Lindblad-Thornton

Defensemen:
Chara, Boychuk, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Bartkowski, Miller

Goalies:
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Bruins assign four to Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 22, 2013 02:07 PM
The Bruins have assigned Malcolm Subban, Zach Trotman, Carter Camper, and Justin Florek to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

They have 32 players in camp, including injured forward Bobby Robins (knee).

The remaining players participated in a scrimmage today. The White team beat the Black Team, 4-1. Jarome Iginla, Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron, and Zdeno Chara scored for White. Loui Eriksson scored Black’s only goal.

The goalies rotated between the teams. Here are the rosters:

White:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Jordan Caron-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky

Black:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Matt Lindblad-Craig Cunningham-Matt Fraser

Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Mike Moore

* Zdeno Chara took his power-play shifts in front of the net. Torey Krug and David Krejci were the point men. Iginla and Milan Lucic were down low.

* Carl Soderberg and Brad Marchand alternated PP shifts on the second unit. So did Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk. The three regulars: Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron, and Dougie Hamilton.

* Ryan Spooner played with pace. Coach Claude Julien noted Spooner remains in the picture for a varsity spot. The Bruins project Spooner as a full-time center. Spooner is not displacing Krejci or Bergeron. Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell could be at risk if the Bruins believe Spooner is ready.

* The Bruins will host Washington on Monday at TD Garden. NESN will carry the game.

Updates: Boston at Red Wings

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 21, 2013 07:43 PM

Detroit -- Some observations from the Bruins' preseason game at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

Second period: The Soderberg-Kelly-Smith line continues to do good work tonight. Soderberg nabbed his first goal of the preseason on a Kelly shot that missed the net and bounced straight from the end boards back to him. Soderberg put the puck past Jonas Gustavsson for the first goal of the game, making it 1-0. The Swede has been playing center so far in camp and the preseason, so this is the first chance we've had to see him on the wing.

The two games with the Red Wings certainly have been chippy. It'll be interesting to see if that's just a function of guys trying to win jobs and prove their toughness in the preseason or whether it'll bloom into a rivalry now that the Wings are in the Bruins' division. The latest scuffle involved Brad Marchand and Brendan Smith.

Chad Johnson continues to stand tall, with his best save so far on a hard-charging Gustav Nyquist. The Red Wings have been unsuccessful on each of their 11 shots on net. The Bruins have 13.

First period: Tonight marks the first game for Patrice Bergeron this season, and his line is showing the lack of time together in games. They haven't had the flow that they should develop as times goes on. Bergeron took a penalty for elbowing Brendan Smith during a Bruins' power play, and has one shot on net.

In fact, the best line so far tonight has been the group that could end up as the third line. Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly, and Reilly Smith are skating together for the first time this preseason, and they've generated more chances than any other line, with four combined shots (two for Smith, one for Kelly, one for Soderberg). The Bruins as a team have six.

Another good sign for the Bruins has been the play of goalie Chad Johnson. Johnson was very shaky against the Canadiens on Monday, but has mostly played well through the first period. He has turned away all six of the Red Wings shots. Johnson is battling with Niklas Svedberg for the backup goaltender spot behind Tuukka Rask.

Mike Moore got into it with Todd Bertuzzi, with the Bruins defenseman eventually being flipped by the Red Wing. Score that one for Bertuzzi. It's the third fight in two games against the Red Wings -- Torey Krug and Matt Fraser had the others.

Julien: Bergeron will play Saturday

Posted by Staff September 20, 2013 02:50 PM

For the first time in the preseason, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will play Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings, according to coach Claude Julien.

The decision was announced after Friday's practice at TD Garden. Bergeron, who has spent the offseason recovering from a myriad of injuries, practiced, but did not play in any of the first three games of the preseason.

In last year's Stanley Cup Final against Chicago, Bergeron suffered a punctured lung, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and torn rib cartilage.

Loui Eriksson, who was acquired from Dallas when the team traded Tyler Seguin, is looking forward to getting the opportunity to log game action with his new linemate.

"He's been a really good player to play with," Eriksson said of Bergeron. "And it's going to be nice to get some games with him too to see what we can do out there. That’s how we work on things."

Red Wings beat Bruins, 8-2

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 19, 2013 06:47 PM

Some thoughts from the Bruins-Red Wings tonight at TD Garden:

Game over, 8-2 Not a lot of good stuff coming out of this game. It was sloppy at points, with some unimpressive play in the defensive zone. Don't think anyone will be winning a job based off of tonight's game.

But there was some nice work by the top line of Lucic-Krejci-Iginla, continuing the chemistry that they showed in Montreal on Monday. The special teams play, meanwhile, was lacking both on the PP and PK.

Nick Johnson and Iginla each nabbed their third goal of the preseason in this one, with Johnson's a backhand top-shelf beauty.

Malcolm Subban allowed eight goals, though not all of them were his fault. Still, a tough night for the 19 year old who will likely be spending the season in Providence.

2nd period over, 4-1 Red Wings: The Bruins got their first chance on the power play with Zdeno Chara in tonight in the second period. They didn't make much of it, but it was interesting to see Chara down low on both a 5-on-4 and a 5-on-3 for the B's.

Malcolm Subban has allowed four goals, but they weren't all his fault. There's been some sloppy defensive play in front of him that hasn't help. The fourth goal, by Danny DeKeyser, was a soft goal, though,

Jarome Iginla got yet another preseason goal, nabbing a full-strength redirect for his third in two games. Matt Bartkowski sent a nice pass in toward Iginla, who was in the goalmouth, with Iginla sending it past Jimmy Howard.

1st period over, 2-0 Red Wings: Gregory Campbell got a nice cheer from the crowd when he got on the ice for the first time since breaking his leg in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.

The Bruins allowed a power play goal to Justin Abdelkader at 5:01 of the first. Malcolm Subban made the initial stop on a shot by Abdelkader with a kick save, but allowed the Red Wing to put back his own rebound. Assists went to Jakub Kindl and Pavel Datsyuk. Dougie Hamilton had a bit of a defensive slip on the play. He's still in a battle with Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug for playing time, but it seems that GM Peter Chiarelli wants Hamilton with the NHL club this season.

They allowed a second PP goal at 16:07, with David McIntyre knocking in a rebound. PP not so kind to the B's tonight.

There were a couple of nice chances on goal by the Bruins, one by the makeshift Merlot line (Thornton's out tonight) and one by the first line, which was so dynamic in the game in Montreal last week.

Gregory Campbell will play tonight

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 19, 2013 12:15 PM
Gregory Campbell will play tonight against the Red Wings at the Garden in the Bruins' first home preseason game, coach Claude Julien confirmed.

"He's a go," Julien said. "Feels good. Feels ready."

Campbell skated this morning with the first group. He said on Wednesday he felt he was ready to play on Thursday.

"I think as I play, I’ll get more comfortable,” Campbell said on Wednesday. “The mental challenge is a big one too, just trying to overcome that. I’m feeling good enough to play. It’s time for me now to move forward and just play.”

Campbell, who broke his leg in the Eastern Conference finals in June, will be without linemate Shawn Thornton, who is not on the roster for tonight's game. Zdeno Chara is on the roster, meaning the defenseman will get his first action of the preseason. That leaves Patrice Bergeron as the only regular on the Bruins not to see game action so far. He could play as early as Saturday, though that's not yet assured.

Jarome Iginla will also get a chance to skate in front of the Garden crowd. It will be his first opportunity as a member of the Bruins.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Iginla said. “It’s preseason, I don’t think it’s the same charge as far as atmosphere as it would be the regular season game opening, but still looking forward to it. Once you get into the game there, it’s competitive. You want to play well. You want to win. You want to keep working on things and getting better. First time playing here at home, so preseason or not it’ll be special.”

Interesting note on the goaltending situation: Malcolm Subban, who played well against the Canadiens on Monday, will play the entire game in goal tonight, Julien said.

The line combinations from this morning's skate:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Fraser-Soderberg-Johnson
Paille-Campbell-Cunningham
Flick-Spooner-Caron

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Trotman
Krug-McQuaid

Malcolm Subban

Bruins cut six from camp

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 18, 2013 04:45 PM

The Bruins have cut six players from their main camp. Scott Campbell, Jack Downing, Steven Spinell, Ben Youds, Tyler Randell, and Adam Morrison will report to Providence’s camp.

The Bruins have 45 players remaining in main camp. They will make their second round of cuts Friday.

Bruins to make first cuts

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 18, 2013 03:14 PM

The Bruins will make their first cuts today, prior to Thursday’s game against Detroit at TD Garden. They will cut approximately six players. They will trim the roster again on Friday.

Of the group that remains, about 10 veterans will dress against Detroit, according to Claude Julien. Gregory Campbell could make his preseason debut. Patrice Bergeron is not expected to dress. The Bruins expect Bergeron to play later in the preseason.

Also:

* For now, general manager Peter Chiarelli projects Carl Soderberg to play on the wing instead of in the middle. Soderberg has the inside line on the No. 3 left wing job. The Bruins are also expecting Soderberg to see time on the power play, on the goal line or in front.

* Chiarelli and Julien praised Reilly Smith for his game against Washington Tuesday night and his play in camp. Chiarelli noted Smith’s in-tight skills with the puck, while Julien said the second-year pro has some jam as well. Smith could be the No. 3 right wing.

* Goaltender Chad Johnson will make at least one more preseason start. Johnson fought the puck in Monday’s 6-3 win over Montreal, allowing three goals on eight shots. Both Julien and Chiarelli expect Johnson will be better.

* Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, and Matt Bartkowski are the top three candidates for the two blue line openings, Chiarelli confirmed. Krug is just about guaranteed a spot because of his power-play touch. Hamilton is one of three right-shot defensemen. Bartkowski could open the season as the extra defenseman.

* Daniel Paille didn’t practice today because of an illness. Bobby Robins was excused because of a personal matter.

Updates: Bruins at Capitals

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 17, 2013 06:55 PM

Pregame: The lines will remain the same as they have been through training camp, with the exception of Alexander Khokhlachev in place of Patrice Bergeron, who didn't make the trip to Baltimore.

That means the lines are:

Marchand-Khokhlachev-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Downing-Camper-Knight
Florek-Lindblad-Robins

Seidenberg-Hamilton
Warsofsky-Boychuk
Morrow-Casto

Tuukka Rask will get the start.

Bruins win preseason opener, 6-3

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 16, 2013 07:54 PM
The Bruins scored four times on the power play to claim a 6-3 preseason-opening win over the Canadiens. Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson scored twice to lead the offense. Iginla played in Nathan Horton’s old spot alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

“Whether it’s preseason or regular season, it always feels good to win and see the puck go in the net,” Iginla said. “It was my first game playing with Looch and Krech and seeing them up close, how strong they are and how smart they are. They got some really good looks.”

Iginla looked like a natural replacement for Horton. Iginla was quick to use his one-timer. In comparison, Horton preferred his snap shot. On the power play, Iginla will most likely rotate between the left circle and the high slot.

* Malcolm Subban calmed things down in net after Chad Johnson allowed three goals on eight shots. Subban stopped all 12 shots. Johnson, in comparison, had a rough first outing.

* Very nice game for second-year pro Zach Trotman. The right-shot defenseman was good in all areas. Trotman blasted a one-timer through Robert Mayer for the sixth goal. Trotman could be a future replacement for Johnny Boychuk or Adam McQuaid. Both right-shot veterans will reach UFA status after 2014-15.

* Krejci and Torey Krug played well on the point on the power play. They will most likely man the blue line on the first unit.

The Bruins and Canadiens are tied after 40 minutes, 3-3. Nick Johnson has two of Boston’s three goals.

Chad Johnson did not have a good night. Johnson allowed three goals on eight shots. Malcolm Subban took over after Max Pacioretty tied the game at 3-3. Johnson has to be more efficient if he wants the No. 2 job.

* A healthy Adam McQuaid will be scary for opponents. Through two periods, McQuaid’s been quick to hit every player who dares to approach him. Surprising, actually, that McQuaid hasn’t thrown down yet.

* Zach Trotman will be an NHL defenseman soon. The second-year pro is mobile, strong, smart. Hard to believe Trotman was the final player selected in the 2010 draft.

* Do not see Matt Fraser making the third line out of camp. Fraser owns an NHL shot, heavy and accurate. But Fraser’s competitors for third-line duty, such as Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron, are faster.

* Carl Soderberg has taken two unnecessary penalties. That stuff gets you scratched.

The Bruins take a 2-1 lead into first intermission. Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson have power-play goals.

* Iginla is fitting in well after only one period. On his goal, Iginla set up down low at the left circle. Milan Lucic set up Iginla with a cross-ice pass. Before Carey Price could set up, Iginla sniped a one-timer into the net. Iginla and Nathan Horton have comparable shots. But Iginla’s release is quicker.

* The fight between Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski might go down to the end of camp. Krug has the advantage because of his touch on the power play. Krug assisted on Iginla’s goal. But Bartkowski is bigger and stronger than Krug. Bartkowski doesn’t hesitate to skate the puck out of trouble either.

* That clang you heard was Louis Leblanc’s long-distance shot clattering off Chad Johnson’s glove. Moments later, Travis Moen scored Montreal’s only goal. The backup job is Johnson’s to lose. Johnson has to be better.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 16, 2013 06:39 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Matt Fraser-Carl Soderberg-Craig Cunningham
Anthony Camara-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Daniel Paille-Alex Fallstrom-Shawn Thornton

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Tommy Cross-Zach Trotman

Chad Johnson
Malcolm Subban

* Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Preseason Game 1 preview: Bruins at Canadiens

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 16, 2013 11:38 AM
MONTREAL – Good morning from Montreal, where the Bruins will start the preseason tonight against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

This will mark the first time Jarome Iginla plays for the Bruins. Iginla will skate on the first line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to see time tonight against big brother P.K. Subban, the Canadiens defenseman.

Malcolm Subban and Chad Johnson will be the Bruins’ goalies.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NHL Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 0-0-0, Canadiens 0-0-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Matt Fraser-Carl Soderberg-Craig Cunningham
Anthony Camara-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Daniel Paille-Alex Fallstrom-Shawn Thornton

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Zach Trotman
Tommy Cross-Kevan Miller

Chad Johnson
Malcolm Subban

Healthy scratches: Rob Flick, Ben Youds

Storylines: Zdeno Chara will not make the trip to Montreal. Chara had been practicing with this group. The Bruins will be monitoring Chara’s ice time closely this season … Others staying in Boston from this group are Gregory Campbell, Tyler Randell, and Adam Morrison. Campbell has been practicing during camp but is not quite ready for game action… Craig Cunningham is in the mix for third-line duty on the right side, albeit as a darkhorse. One of Cunningham’s advantages is that he is a right shot. All the others in the mix (Reilly Smith, Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg, Matt Fraser) are lefties… The Bruins will return to Boston after the game. They are scheduled to practice at Ristuccia Arena Tuesday morning before leaving for Baltimore to play the Capitals.

Zdeno Chara sees net-front PP time

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff September 14, 2013 03:15 PM

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The Bruins have completed their third day of on-ice sessions at TD Garden. The most significant wrinkle took place in the second session during power-play drills.

Zdeno Chara, usually a staple at the point in one-up situations, was stationed in front of the net. Torey Krug and David Krejci manned the blue line. Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla were the other forwards down low.

“We’re tinkering with that,” Claude Julien said. “We’re going to have a look at that. We have some guys that we feel can shoot the puck from the back-end. Z is probably one of our best guys at screening with his big body. We’ve known that for a long time. It was probably what we feel like we didn’t have for the back-end. It’s something we’re experimenting with.”

Chara was on the ice for the tying goal in Game 7 against Toronto as the net-front presence during six-on-five play. There are no goalies who can peer over Chara. There are few defensemen strong enough to remove Chara from in front of the net.

Krug, Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Dougie Hamilton, Johnny Boychuk, and Dennis Seidenberg are among the point options.

* Matt Bartkowski was active throughout the session. Bartkowski leveled Craig Cunningham when he stepped up to support the puck. Bartkowski was strong and quick today.

* Former Dallas teammates Reilly Smith and Mark Fraser are battling each other for a third-line spot. Julien describes Fraser as a high-end offensive player. Julien said Smith is a grittier forward.

* The Bruins will practice on Sunday at the Garden starting at 10 a.m. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Today’s Group A lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Justin Florek-Alexander Khokhlachev-Jared Knight
Matt Lindblad-Carter Camper-Seth Griffith
Jack Downing-Scott Campbell-Bobby Robins

Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
David Warsofsky-Johnny Boychuk
Joe Morrow-Chris Casto
Mike Moore-Steven Spinell

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Group B lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Matt Fraser-Carl Soderberg-Craig Cunningham
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Anthony Camara-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Rob Flick-Alex Fallstrom-Tyler Randell

Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Tommy Cross-Ben Youds

Chad Johnson
Adam Morrison
Malcolm Subban

Soderberg vows to earn his spot

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 13, 2013 01:38 PM

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Carl Soderberg might be the candidate with the best odds to join the Bruins' new third line, and he doesn't want to think about the other possibilties. He dismissed the idea of spending time in Providence, saying, “I don’t think about that now. I will earn my spot here.”

The 27-year-old from Sweden said he spent the summer working out, shaving 7 or 8 pounds off his 6-foot-3-inch, 198-pound frame to get into the kind of shape he saw around the NHL in his two-month cameo with the Bruins last season.

That was a difficult transition for the Swede, as he suffered from a lengthy layoff and never quite made the adjustments needed to a different style of play and a smaller sheet of ice.

“That was pretty hard,” Soderberg said. “But if I had come right after the season, it would have been easier, I think.”

But a full training camp with the Bruins should help on both of those fronts, and potentially allow him to beat out a host of candidates for a spot on the third line. Soderberg has been centering a line with Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham in the first two days of training camp.

“I don’t focus on the other guys,” Soderberg said. “I focus on my own game. I know if I play my own game and have a good camp, hopefully I can show the coaches and my teammates I deserve it.”

Soderberg made it into six games in the regular season, and then was pressed into duty during the last two games of the Stanley Cup Final, playing 14 minutes in Game 5 and 10 in Game 6.

Preview of the 2d line: Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 12, 2013 12:42 PM

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It was the first time officially on the ice for the Bruins and already coach Claude Julien was pairing his presumptive second line together – Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson.

The trio took the ice during the first session of drills Thursday at TD Garden, and started to get a feel for the chemistry they could have on ice this season.

"It felt pretty good," Bergeron said. "You can tell obviously that Loui's a great player. He's got some great speed and great skill. Very excited to have him with us. It's obviously the first practice, so we've got some work to do, but I thought it was pretty good and just fun to see those two guys on my side."

Eriksson brings a two-way game with him from Dallas, which should be an excellent complement to the two-way game of Bergeron, one of the game's best defensive forwards. It's a group that should be hard on the forecheck and turn the puck over, generating offensive chances.

But with only three weeks to go before the regular season begins, how long might it take the three of them to develop the chemistry they need on the ice?

"I don't know," Bergeron said. "I think we’re all smart players, smart enough to realize where to be on the ice and read off each other, so a little bit of time, but I don’t think that much. Obviously games are going to be the best indicator of where we stand and help us the most to work on that chemistry. I’m not sure exactly how long but so far it was pretty good."

The team started with one-on-one and two-on-two battle drills, something that was a big test for Bergeron and his still-tender-at-times ribs. He said it wasn't an issue – mostly.

"It wasn’t bad," he said. "I felt it a couple times in one or two battles, but it doesn’t seem to linger after it. It just is there, stays for maybe 30 seconds or so and goes away. I think it’s good news. I think I’m going to have to go through that for a couple weeks and then I’m going to be fine. Medical staff is not worried about it so I’m not worried about it."

Spots on Bruins' third line up for grabs

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 11, 2013 01:04 PM
The Bruins, for the most part, are a team that seems set. That includes the top two lines. That includes virtually all of the defense – though there could be some looks given there. But the third line is where there has been some movement, where there could be an opening.

That could mean Daniel Paille gets a chance where he saw some success in the postseason. That could mean Carl Soderberg finally makes his mark. That could mean some of the prospects from Providence fill the vacancy.

For those guys, coach Claude Julien has some advice: "Take it," he said on the first day of training camp. "Take advantage of it."

He added, "We've been clear and it hasn't just come from me. Peter [Chiarelli] is the one that has kind of come out and said, listen, we're going to bring some youth into our lineup so if some guys want a spot in this hockey club, here's a good opportunity to do that. It's open."

In addition to center Chris Kelly – who could be moved to the wing – the third line could come from the group containing Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner, and Jared Knight.

"I think ideally we saw the third line that we liked when we won the Cup," Julien said of 2011. "Not only were they kind of a dependable line, but they were able to give us some scoring. In a real perfect world, you've got your top two lines that you'd like to see score on a regular basis. Your third line should be able to give you some secondary scoring and your third line should also be able to give you some secondary grit that your fourth line gives you. To me they're caught in the middle where they give you a little bit of both. That's what we're looking for from that line."

Some Bruins training camp practices open to the public

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 11, 2013 12:43 PM

For those interested in taking a look at the 2013-2014 version of the Bruins, here are the practice times open to the public this week.

Practices are closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, the first two days of training camp, but they are open over the weekend at the Garden and on Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Saturday, September 14:
Practice #1 at TD Garden: 10 a.m.
Practice #2 at TD Garden: 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 15
Practice #1 at TD Garden: 10 a.m.
Practice #2 at TD Garden: 12:15 p.m.

Monday, September 16
Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena: 10 a.m.
Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena: 11:15 p.m.

Bergeron, Campbell not cleared for games

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 11, 2013 12:25 PM
Though both Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell will be practicing with the Bruins this week, neither would be cleared to play in games if they started today, according to coach Claude Julien.

"When it comes time to play those exhibition games, it'll be a conversation again with our trainers and making sure if they're going to play, there's not a risk factor," Julien said on the first day of the Bruins' training camp. "So right now they would not be cleared to play a game if we started today. That might change in the upcoming days or a week from now."

Both players will be allowed to fully practice with the team, including any contact that might entail. The issue is exhibition games at the moment.

The Bruins opened training camp Wednesday with off-ice testing. Their first practice is Thursday.

Campbell, of course, broke his right leg in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins blocking a shot, and he had surgery to insert a plate and screws. He has been practicing with added padding in his skate and said earlier this week that he still expects to feel the break for a while.

Bergeron dealt with a host of injuries during the Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks, with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage, a punctured lung, and a separated shoulder. Bergeron said that he's 95 percent and expects to be ready for the start of the season. He feels pain in some rotational and core activities, but has said that he is otherwise doing well in his recovery.

Gregory Campbell: 'I'm going to feel [the break] for a while'

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 9, 2013 11:58 AM

BOLTON -- With training camp starting on Wednesday, it appears that Gregory Campbell will be ready for the start of the season in October after spending the summer rehabbing from the broken leg that ended his season in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But that doesn't mean that everything is healed.

As Campbell said on Monday morning at The International in Bolton, where the Bruins played in a golf tournament, "I'm going to feel it for a while."

Campbell said he spent the summer trying to push himself to do whatever he could, whenever the doctors gave him the green light to progress.

"I'm trying to go 100 percent," Campbell said. "I have to kind of go at my own level and make sure I'm progressing in a way that's going to benefit me in the long run, so if there's things I don't feel comfortable doing, I kind of hold back a little bit."

Campbell has skated with the team three times, and said he has felt better after each session. He has modified his skates with extra padding that molds to his leg when it heats up. That's something he's likely going to continue into the season, as he still needs to protect the area to some degree.

"I think there’s still going to be some pain there and that’s just something I’m going to have to work through," Campbell said.

Loui Eriksson makes an appearance

Posted by Amalie Benjamin September 3, 2013 01:17 PM

WILMINGTON -- Loui Eriksson was among the early arrivals for captain's practice this week, and met the media in person today for the first time since being traded to Boston in the Tyler Seguin deal.

"It feels really good," Eriksson said of donning the spoked B. "It's nice to finally get here. I got in Saturday, so it's nice to see some guys here and go on the ice a little bit and skate around and just have fun."

Eriksson has gotten to meet a number of his new teammates with larger crowds at Ristuccia Arena the past two days. Unlike the rest of the Bruins, who seemingly just got off their skates at the end of the 2012-2013 season, Eriksson said his summer has been far too long.

"It's going to be nice to play on one of the Original Six teams too," Eriksson said. "They have a little bit more fans here than in Dallas. ... Like I said, I'm excited to be here. I'm going to do all I can to help this team win."

Also in attendance for the last two days have been fellow new Bruin Jarome Iginla, plus Tuukka Rask, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Daniel Paille, and Carl Soderberg. Johnny Boychuk and Torey Krug were the new additions today. There were also a number of players from the Providence Bruins, including potential backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg.

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