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Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 31, 2013 06:36 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Chris Kelly-Ryan Spooner-Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Jonas Hiller (5-2-0, 2.56 GAA, .913 save percentage) will start in goal for the Ducks.

Sabres' John Scott suspended seven games for hit on Eriksson

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 31, 2013 05:40 PM

The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott seven games for his head shot on Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson Oct. 23. Scott has already missed three games because he was suspended indefinitely following his match penalty. This was the first suspension of Scott's NHL career.

Eriksson suffered a concussion on the play and will miss his fourth straight game Thursday night when the Bruins host Anaheim. Eriksson is not expected to dress for Saturday’s game against the Islanders, either. His return date is unknown.

Game 12 preview: Ducks at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 31, 2013 11:12 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look to break a two-game losing streak against Anaheim tonight. The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 road loss to Pittsburgh last night.

According to the Providence Journal, the Bruins have recalled Ryan Spooner. The second-year pro has two goals and five assists in eight games.

Assuming the Bruins did not suffer any injuries Wednesday night vs. Pittsburgh, Spooner should be the No. 3 center tonight against the Ducks. The third line has not generated any consistent offense. Chris Kelly would move to left wing. Either Carl Soderberg or Jordan Caron would be the healthy scratch. Soderberg has been quiet in his last three games.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 7-4-0, Ducks 10-3-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Chris Kelly-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Carl Soderberg, Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: John Scott will have his in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL today. Scott is scheduled to sit out his fourth straight game tonight for his head shot on Loui Eriksson. Scott could be suspended for six or more games because of the in-person hearing… The Ducks will be without Teemu Selanne tonight. Selanne is out two weeks because of facial injuries. Selanne is retiring after this season… The Bruins have allowed five power-play goals in the last two games. The Bruins have the third-worst PK in the league (75.8 percent)… Anaheim has the worst power play in the NHL (7.8 percent)… Kyle Rehman and Wes McCauley will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.

Game 11: Bruins at Penguins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 30, 2013 11:25 AM
PITTSBURGH – Rivalry Night.

The Bruins are back in Pittsburgh for the first time since they won the first two games of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Penguins en route to a sweep last season. It's obvious from what the Penguins have said in the last couple of days that they have something to prove tonight, even if a regular-season game can't quite make up for the Bruins costing them a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t think there’s anything we can do [Wednesday] to get back from last spring,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said on Tuesday. “I certainly didn’t want to look ahead in any way shape or form the past week or the road trip. But we knew we were coming home to play Boston, the first time we’ll be playing them again. Absolutely, it's a rivalry game.”

Game time: 8 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 7-3-0, Penguins 8-4-0

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins begin another back-to-back tonight, and have another three-in-four nights stretch, with the Ducks visiting Boston on Thursday and the Bruins heading to face the Islanders on Saturday. ... The Penguins have won the last six regular-season meetings between the teams, and the Bruins are 1-7-1 in their last nine regular-season games against Pittsburgh. ... The Penguins are 6-1 when scoring the opening goal of a game. They are 2-3 when they don't. ... Pittsburgh has lost its last two consecutive games at Consol Energy Center, but is 23-6 in its last 29 games here. ... Bruins wing Loui Eriksson remains out with a concussion.

Loui Eriksson out another week

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 28, 2013 12:51 PM

WILMINGTON – Loui Eriksson, out the last two games because of a concussion, is not expected to dress in any of this week’s three games. The Bruins play at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, against Anaheim at home on Thursday, and at Long Island on Saturday.

Claude Julien said Eriksson does not plan to skate this week. Eriksson felt well enough to visit his teammates at Ristuccia Arena today.

With Eriksson out, Brad Marchand remained in his spot on the second line. Julien said if Marchand skates and competes as well as he did in today’s practice, the winger will be fine.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 26, 2013 06:32 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Martin Brodeur (0-2-2, 3.40 GAA, .865 save percentage) will start in goal for the Devils.

Game 10 preview: Devils at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 26, 2013 12:19 PM
Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Devils tonight.

Goalie Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins against Devils counterpart Martin Brodeur. Marblehead native Cory Schneider, the Devils' backup goalie, did not travel to Boston because of a lower-body injury.

Loui Eriksson (concussion) will miss his second straight game. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Eriksson is doing OK. Brad Marchand will skate in Eriksson’s spot on the second line again tonight.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Devils 1-5-4, Bruins 7-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: Jarome Iginla will appear in his 10th game tonight. That will make Iginla eligible for a $3.7 million bonus. If necessary, the Bruins can apply all or part of Iginla’s payment toward the bonus cushion. Any team can exceed the cap by 7.5 percent by using the cushion… Tonight will mark the first game for Jaromir Jagr against his old team. According to New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer, Jagr (2-5—7) has been the team’s best forward through 10 games… Bartkowski will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game… Dave Jackson and Greg Kimmerly will be the referees. Derek Amell and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

Watch: David Krejci nets game-winner vs. Sharks

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff October 25, 2013 07:34 AM






Here's a look at the game-winning goal by David Krejci Thursday in the Bruins' 2-1 victory over the Sharks.

Watch: Claude Julien postgame interview

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff October 25, 2013 07:32 AM






Watch coach Claude Julien's postgame comments after the Bruins defeated the Sharks, 2-1, at TD Garden on Thursday.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 24, 2013 06:34 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Antti Niemi (8-0-1, 1.64 GAA, .930 save percentage) will start in goal for the Sharks.

Loui Eriksson diagnosed with concussion

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 24, 2013 04:04 PM
Bruins wing Loui Eriksson suffered a concussion when he was hit by Buffalo’s John Scott in Wednesday night’s third period. Eriksson will not play tonight against San Jose and is out indefinitely.

Eriksson stayed at the Bruins’ team hotel in Buffalo last night after the game. Eriksson flew to Boston today.

Scott is suspended indefinitely because of the match penalty. The NHL has requested an in-person hearing with Scott, meaning he could be suspended more than five games. The Buffalo tough guy does not have a discipline history.

Jordan Caron will return to the lineup tonight vs. San Jose. Caron was a healthy scratch the last two games.

Sabres' John Scott: 'I don't think I'm a dirty player'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 24, 2013 01:05 PM

Sabres winger John Scott, who laid out Bruins forward Loui Eriksson in Wednesday night’s 5-2 Boston win, addressed Buffalo reporters after practice Thursday.

Scott, who was assessed a match penalty for his blind-side hit to Eriksson's head and suspended indefinitely by the NHL pending an in-person hearing with league officials, said, "I don’t think I’m a dirty player," according to the Buffalo News. "I try to play within the code, within the rules. This is my first suspension.

"I don’t try to be a dirty player. I kind of feel really upset. I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened watching the video. I just kind of regret the whole situation. I don’t want to be a dirty player."

Scott said he texted Eriksson after the game. Eriksson was scheduled to travel to Boston Thursday after remaining in Buffalo overnight at the team hotel.

The Bruins, who play the Sharks at TD Garden Thursday night, didn’t skate this morning. After San Jose’s skate, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was asked about the hit.

“Sometimes you get here and you answer these questions, you come across as a group of saints. We’re not saints by any means,” said McLellan. “We have guys that have problems with finished checks and suspensions, too. It’s happening around the league.

"When you talk about it as a whole, there’s no need for it, in my opinion. There’s no need for it. There’s players that can avoid certain situations that haven’t. I don’t know how we’re going to stop it. I just hope that it does stop.”

San Jose's Dan Boyle, who was flattened from behind by the Blues' Maxim Lapierre earlier this month, skated with his teammates Thursday for the first time since the incident.

Game 9 preview: Sharks at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 24, 2013 10:31 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Sharks, the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.

The Bruins could be without Loui Eriksson. The No. 2 right wing suffered a suspected head injury last night in Buffalo. John Scott took out Eriksson with a blindside hit to the head. Eriksson needed help skating to the dressing room. The NHL has offered Scott an in-person disciplinary hearing, which means the Buffalo enforcer is eligible for more than a five-game suspension.

Eriksson remained in Buffalo overnight. Eriksson was scheduled to fly to Boston Thursday.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Sharks 8-0-1, Bruins 6-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: Assuming Eriksson is out, Brad Marchand should be elevated to the No. 2 line. Marchand had been skating on the third line. Jordan Caron, a healthy scratch for the two previous games, should replace Marchand on the No. 3 line… The Sharks have outscored their opponents, 39-15… Dougie Hamilton is projected to square off against older brother Freddie Hamilton tonight. The elder Hamilton was recalled from Worcester earlier this week. Freddie Hamilton made his NHL debut against Detroit on Monday… San Jose forward Brent Burns is not expected to play. Burns has a facial injury that sidelined him against Detroit as well… Mike Brown could make his San Jose debut. The Sharks acquired the tough guy from Edmonton this week… Mike Hasenfratz and Ian Walsh will be the referees. Scott Driscoll and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

Game 8: Bruins at Sabres

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 23, 2013 12:33 PM


BUFFALO -- As expected, the Bruins will have Chad Johnson in goal for the first time this season when they play the Sabres Wednesday night. The goalie confirmed that after the morning skate.

The backup to Tuukka Rask has been off for 32 days since playing against Detroit in the preseason, so it'll be a test for him, even against a Buffalo team that has scored just 12 goals in 10 games, putting it last in the league at just 1.20 goals per game.

But that's not the reason Johnson is starting, coach Claude Julien said.

"Unfortunately, it may look like it’s us putting Johnson against a weak team, but it’s putting Johnson in against a sitaution where we’re finally playing our first back-to-back games," Julien said. "And we want him to be there for that.

"So it wouldn't matter which team it was, he would have been playing. I think it would be wrong to think we’re putting him in there because of the team we’re playing against."

Johnson, meanwhile, is focused on keeping things simple after having been out for so long.

"Just not overthinking things," he said. "Just going out and playing."

Game time: 8 p.m.

TV/radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 5-2-0, Sabres 1-8-1

Projected lineup:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson
Marchand-Kelly-Soderberg
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid

Johnson
Rask

Notes: This is the first of three games this season for the Bruins at the First Niagara Center ... The Sabres are 5-3-2 against the Bruins in their last 10 meetings ... The Bruins are 5-1-0 vs. the Eastern Conference ... The Sabres are 0-5-1 in Buffalo, while the Bruins are a perfect 3-0-0 on the road, winning their first three away from home for the first time since 2010-11, when they won their first five ... This is the first time the Bruins face a three-games-in-four nights stretch.

Dangerous game awaits Bruins in Buffalo

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 22, 2013 01:20 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins will play the down-and-out Sabres in Buffalo on Wednesday. They will return to host San Jose, the NHL’s only undefeated team, the following night.

The schedule just screams for a letdown against the Sabres.

“The most prudent thing to do right now is look at yourself and understand how important that game is, because we’re coming back the next night to play a team that’s undefeated in a back-to-back,” coach Claude Julien said. “We know they’re already here. You’ve got to try and earn those points when you feel you can. Buffalo is a game we can’t let get away from us. We’ve got to come out hard. In this league, the thing that’s most dangerous is when you take things for granted. We can’t.”

It’s possible that Chad Johnson could make his Bruins debut against the Sabres. Johnson has backed up Tuukka Rask for the first seven games.

Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski, healthy scratches for Saturday’s 5-0 win over Tampa Bay, will most likely remain out.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Brad Marchand/Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* The Bruins practiced their power play. The first unit was the same: Torey Krug and David Krejci at the point, Jarome Iginla at the left circle, Milan Lucic down low, Zdeno Chara in front.

* The second unit had Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith at the blue line. Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, and Carl Soderberg were the down-low forwards.

* Gregory Campbell stayed late on the ice after practice working on draws with assistant coach Doug Jarvis. Campbell is the only center who's lost more faceoffs (44.4 percent) than he's won.

Chad Johnson likely to make Bruins debut this week

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 21, 2013 12:45 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins play at Buffalo on Wednesday and host San Jose on Thursday. It is the first back-to-back set of 2013-14.

Chad Johnson, goalie Tuukka Rask’s backup, is scheduled to start either Wednesday or Thursday. Coach Claude Julien said a final decision hasn’t been made. But Julien mentioned Buffalo as a possibility for Johnson, who has backed up Rask for the first seven games. Rask is one of two goalies to have played every game for his club this season. San Jose’s Antti Niemi is the other.

If Johnson plays against the Sabres, it would most likely be the only lineup change. The Bruins are coming off a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. They did not make any changes to today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Brad Marchand/Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game 7: Bruins at Lightning

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 19, 2013 12:46 PM

Is he in or not?

While Claude Julien said on Friday that there was a "good chance" that Carl Soderberg would play against the Lightning, the coach declined to share his lines before the game. So it's still a question of whether Soderberg will be in, which would necessitate sitting another one of his forwards.

The two most likely to find themselves in the press box tonight, should Julien put Soderberg in, would be Jordan Caron and Brad Marchand, though it might be a bit early for Julien to take Marchand out despite his middling performance over the early part of the season.

Soderberg would be a boon in one area for the Bruins -- net-front presence. It's something that the team has discussed that it needs to improve, and it's a place where Soderberg proved adept at scoring in Sweden.

It'll be especially important tonight against a hot Lightning team that has lost only once since falling to the Bruins in the first game of the season. Big goalie Ben Bishop and his 1.57 goals against average has been a major reason for the team's good start, and creating traffic around him would be a help for the B's.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 4-2-0, Lightning 5-2-0

Projected lineups:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson
Marchand-Kelly-Caron/Soderberg
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

With the defensive rotation still going strong for the Bruins (and an optional skate this morning), it's unclear which player will be the healthy scratch on the defensive side.

Tuukka Rask

Notes: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his starts, and has won all five of them so far this season. ... The Bruins won the first meeting between the teams, 3-1, on the strength of two short-handed goals in the season opener. ... Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos lead the Lightning with 10 points each. No Bruin has more than five.

Game 6: Bruins at Panthers

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 17, 2013 01:03 PM

Here it is: Tim Thomas vs. Tuukka Rask.

Or, rather, the Bruins vs. the Panthers!

Clearly, the goaltending is where all eyes will be when the Bruins take on the Panthers Thursday night. Of course, the Bruins also need a win, so that's where the team's focus is, but there obviously will be a little extra emotion as they take on their former teammate.

"I know this game was probably circled on his calendar, as it would be for mine if it was my old team," said former Bruins draft pick and current Panther Kris Versteeg. "So I think he’s excited about it. I think there’s a lot of Bruins fans, too, that heavily respect what he did for their organization, they’re excited maybe about seeing him play tonight as well.

"It’s kind of funny how he misses a few games with injury and this is the game he comes back for."

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN/WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 3-2-0, Panthers 2-5-0

In-game updates: Live blog launches at 6:30 p.m.

Projected lineups:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson
Marchand-Kelly-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Krug-McQuaid

(It's unclear who the healthy-scratch defenseman will be. Bartkowski and Hamilton were rotating in with Seidenberg in morning skate.)

Tuukka Rask

Notes: The Bruins are 2 for 19 on the power play, and haven't scored in their last 12 chances. ... Jarome Iginla still has yet to score a goal for the Bruins. ... Thomas has a 5.05 goals-against average and .850 save percentage this season.

Tim Thomas to start vs. Bruins Thursday

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 16, 2013 03:37 PM


SUNRISE, Fla. -- According to the Florida Panthers Twitter account, former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas will be starting against Boston in Thursday night's game, making for must-see TV.

"It will be [weird]," said Bruins winger Milan Lucic. "All those years of shooting on him in practice and whatnot. I think it'll be fun to finally get to shoot on him in a game. I'm sure he's looking forward to it as well.

"I'm sure he's happy to be back in the NHL playing. He's found a new home here in Florida."

Most of the current Bruins never really considered that they'd play against the goalie who led them to the Stanley Cup in 2011. He was aging and, of course, under contract to the Bruins. So a change of address didn't seem in the cards -- until Thomas decided he didn't want to play the 2012-13 season.

His rights were traded to the Islanders last season, though he never suited up for them. He signed with the Panthers on a tryout agreement at the start of camp, and later signed a one-year contract with the team.

"Never thought that we would play against each other," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who was once Thomas's backup. "But I'm glad that he made his comeback. That's what people want. I hope he does well."

The 39-year-old Thomas has been practicing for a few days as he tries to come back from a groin injury suffered in the Panthers' third game of the season. He declined to speak with media, saying that he would talk after Thursday's game.

Which, apparently, he is going to start.

"We practiced together many years, so I don't think it's any different, because we both practice like we play," Rask said. "There will just be lots more people out there watching."

Game 5: Red Wings at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 14, 2013 11:15 AM
The Bruins will have exactly 16.5 minutes to prepare for their game against the Red Wings, given that they haven't skated since they came off the ice on Saturday after their win over Columbus.

The team did not practice Sunday and didn't have a morning skate Monday morning, so it will be interesting to see how their legs look early in this one.

Boston is facing Detroit for the second time this season, both games at TD Garden. In fact, today's game marks the final time the Red Wings will be in Boston this year, with the final two games in the series both at Joe Louis Arena.

The Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-1 on the strength of two power play goals on Oct. 5.

Puck drop: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Boston 3-1-0, Detroit 3-2-0

Projected lineups:

The Bruins didn't practice yesterday or skate this morning, so it's unclear if Claude Julien will put Brad Marchand back on the second line or keep Reilly Smith there. It's also unknown whether Matt Bartkowski will revert back to the odd man out or whether he'll be back on the second defensive pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.

Notes: The Bruins are playing their second of 17 matinees on the schedule this season. So far they've won their only afternoon game, on Saturday in Columbus. ... The Bruins are wearing their third uniform for the first of 12 games this season. ... Shawn Thornton is playing his 500th NHL game today. ... Milan Lucic is one goal away from 100 for his career.

Bruins' approach helped convince Nathan Horton to leave

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 12, 2013 04:01 PM
Nathan Horton said he wanted a quieter lifestyle when he signed his seven-year, $37.1 million contract with Columbus.

But Horton acknowledged the Bruins’ negotiating approach also played a part in his decision to leave.

“All year, nothing happened,” Horton said of his final season in Boston. “I waited for a long time. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside. That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.”

Horton is out after undergoing shoulder surgery in July. He is about a month away from skating.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 12, 2013 01:38 PM
Based on pregame warm-ups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Sergei Bobrovsky (2-1-0, 2.28 GAA, .920 save percentage) will start in goal for the Blue Jackets.

Game 4 preview: Bruins at Blue Jackets

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff October 12, 2013 10:50 AM
COLUMBUS – Good morning from Nationwide Arena, where the Bruins will play their first road game of 2013-14 this afternoon against the Blue Jackets.

Columbus is coming off a 4-1 road win over Buffalo. The Bruins were shut out by Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the Avalanche on Saturday, 2-0. No lineup changes are expected for the Bruins.

Puck drop: 2 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 2-1-0, Blue Jackets 2-1-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: Ex-Bruin Nathan Horton (shoulder), who signed a seven-year deal with Columbus, is out until December or January. Jarome Iginla, Horton’s replacement, has a 0-0—0 line through three games… Tyler Seguin ripped up Winnipeg for two goals and two assists last night. Rich Peverley was riding on Seguin’s right side… Loui Eriksson, involved in the Seguin trade, is scoreless. Eriksson hasn’t had much chemistry with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron… Ex-Ranger Marian Gaborik leads Columbus with two goals and three assists. Gaborik usually played well against the Bruins while in New York… Fellow ex-Ranger Brandon Dubinsky has a three-game scoring streak (1-2—3)… Dan O’Rourke and Graham Skilliter will be the referees. Scott Driscoll and Ryan Galloway will be the linesmen.

Game 3: Avalanche at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 10, 2013 01:30 PM
The Bruins are trying to get back in stride after four days off after a win over the Red Wings on Saturday. The Avalanche are trying to see just how real their 3-0-0 start is.

Asked if this game would be a measuring stick for his surprising team, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said, "Certainly it is a measuring stick to some point, obviously. But at the same time we know we still have things to work on. But I guess tonight we’re going to be challenged and we’ll see what area in our game needs to be better and improve. That’s why I’m saying we take it one day at a time and see where it’ll bring us."

These are two teams that don't face each other often. In fact, the last time the teams met was in a 1-0 Avalanche win exactly two years ago, on Oct. 10, 2011.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 2-0-0, Avalanche 3-0-0

Projected lineups:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid

Rask

Notes: Tonight's game marks the only time the Avalanche come to town this season. ... Colorado got its first road win of the season on Tuesday against Toronto. ... The Bruins have a 69-49-15-1 record all-time against the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. ... The Bruins' current 0-5-1-1 home winless streak against Colorado is their longest current streak against any other NHL opponent. ... Boston has never beaten Colorado in overtime and has never won a home overtime decision against the franchise. Both OT wins came in Quebec.

Julien expects no trouble with Avs coach Roy

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 10, 2013 11:40 AM
The Bruins – well, most of them – were back on the ice at the Garden Thursday after a lengthy layoff, having been off since Saturday's win over the Red Wings.

It was an optional skate, but there was one notable who took part: Carl Soderberg. It was the first time the Swede has skated with his Bruins teammates since injuring his ankle in Saskatoon during the team's final preseason game. Having him participate in the optional morning skate – David Krejci and Milan Lucic skipped it – was a way for him to ease back into the flow of things. He's expected to take part in practice tomorrow before the team heads to Columbus.

"I think it's a start," Claude Julien said. "He's skated enough the last couple of days, I guess, or since Monday. He's been skating on his own. It was good to see him out there doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. So he's progressing well, but obviously not ready to play."

Tonight's matchup is a bigger one than anticipated at the start of the season with the Avalanche out to a quick 3-0-0 start, having beaten Toronto on Tuesday. Not only that, but the Avalanche bring coach Patrick Roy to town.

With the layoff, Julien quipped that he had "spent the last couple of days solidifying the glass between the benches."

Roy, of course, nearly toppled the partition between the two benches in his first game as coach as he had a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Your move, Roy.

"I don't expect any problems with Claude Julien," Roy said.

With the morning skate being optional, the lines weren't exactly the same. But the lines are expected to be the same as they have been through the first two games of the season, both wins.

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid

Rask
Johnson

Bruins prepare for undefeated Avalanche

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 9, 2013 12:16 PM
WILMINGTON – The new schedule brings not only the Red Wings to the Atlantic Division, but it also brings the West to the TD Garden. With every team visiting every arena at least once, the Bruins will have to prepare for teams they haven't faced in multiple seasons.

On Thursday, after four days off between games, the undefeated Avalanche and coach Patrick Roy come to town.

"Obviously you know what kind of teams they are because you watch them on TV and stuff like that," David Krejci said. "But it’s one thing to watch them and one thing to play them. It’s kind of exciting. I like the new system of the NHL, so it’s good."

It will have been exactly two years since the Bruins played the Avalanche. Colorado won, 1-0, on Oct. 10, 2011.

"They're the real deal as far as some young guys really turning the corner there," coach Claude Julien said. "I think they're a real good skating team. When you look at them yesterday, their forecheck was real aggressive and they're a quick team.

"They went after Toronto pretty good. I think it's going to be important that we're sharp in our puck movement and sharp also in moving our feet if we want to play well against these guys."

In other news, Carl Soderberg skated again by himself before Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena. The winger is still not yet ready to practice with the team. Asked about sending him to the AHL to get ready to return to the NHL, Julien said, "We’re not there yet, to be honest with you."

The lines were the same as they have been in the first two games.

Abdelkader hit was "an accident," Marchand says

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 8, 2013 10:43 AM


WILMINGTON -- Brad Marchand, who was laid out on the ice Saturday night after a hit from Detroit's Justin Abdelkader, spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the game, and said the contact was accidental.

"He did jump, for sure, there’s no doubt about it," said the Bruins winger. "But it’s a reaction thing, guys do things to protect themselves. That’s how it goes. I don’t think he intentionally tried to hurt me or anything like that."

Marchand was on the ice for a while before skating off under his own power. He was then helped into the dressing room, and missed one shift. But Marchand finished the game, and has practiced the last two days.

"I never expected anything to come out of that, I wouldn’t want anything to come out of that," Marchand said. "It was an accident, just how it goes."

Other notes from this morning's practice:

Carl Soderberg skated on his own before practice. He's still recovering from the ankle injury he suffered in the final preseason game in Saskatoon and has yet to practice with the team, which he'll need to do before returning in a game. Coach Claude Julien called him "day-to-day."

"The best I can say right now," Julien said. "He’s skating. When I say day-to-day, he’s getting closer to practicing with us. And once he practices with us and I get the OK from our medical staff, we’ll move forward. So 'day to day' doesn't mean necessarily tomorrow but he is progressing extremely well."

The Bruins don't intend for seventh defenseman Matt Bartkowski to sit forever, even though he's been the odd man out in the first two games.

"I’ll be very honest with you guys, he’s not going to sit up there for a month," Julien said. "That’s not going to happen.

"We’ve got some good young players that need to play, especially early in the year. You’ve got to give those guys opportunities to play. So when that’s going to happen, I’m not sure yet, but certainly don’t expect to see him in the stands for a whole month."

Notes from Bruins practice

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 7, 2013 12:21 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins returned to Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington today because the Celtics are taking over TD Garden with a preseason game tonight.

They began practice by practicing with opposite-shot sticks, something they've done before (and which sometimes looks quite humorous).

They spent about 10-15 minutes playing with the opposite stick.

"Keep things light," coach Claude Julien said. "For me the worst drill in practice is finding a warmup drill where you allow guys to get their legs and goaltenders feeling pucks and stuff like that. It was one of the things we’ve done before, give them a chance to loosen up and have fun with it.

"We’re three days away from the next game, so I don’t think we have to be too hard on them on a Monday morning practice."

The Bruins beat Detroit on Saturday night, and are off until playing the Avalanche on Thursday.

In other news, Carl Soderberg (ankle) skated before practice, and Julien said, "He is getting closer."

Game 2: Red Wings at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 5, 2013 11:56 AM

Tonight's game marks the first meeting of two of the NHL's heavyweights, now slotted into the same division. The Red Wings are intent on making it back to the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year, while the Bruins are trying to get back to the Stanley Cup Final for what would be the third time in four years.

Game on.

This is the first of four meetings between the clubs after they played each other twice in the preseason. Of course, those games didn't feature full lines or normal defensive pairings, so it's hard to take anything out of those. Detroit is handicapped a bit, with this game as their third in four days. They won last night in Carolina.

"It'll be fun," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We look forward to it. Everything about today’s game for our team, it’s a real great opportunity because it’s three-in-four and it’s back-to-back. To me it’s about how mentally tough you are. It’s about ... sticking to your plan, doing it right.

"In every game someone gives in, you can’t give in today. You’ve just got to find a way. I don’t care if your legs are sore or any of that stuff or where we played. I want to see who’s mentally tough and who’s going to do it right. Tonight should be a good test for our team and we look forward to it."

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 1-0-0, Red Wings 2-0-0

Projected lineups:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Notes: This is the first meeting of the teams now that they're together in the Atlantic Division. ... Detroit and Boston did not face each other in the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season. ... The Red Wings have won the last four straight games against the Bruins. ... Brothers Reilly Smith and Brendan Smith will face each other in tonight's game. They played against each other in the preseason. ... The last time the Bruins and Red Wings were in the same division was in the East in 1972-1973. ... The last shutout between these two teams? Way back in 1982, when the Bruins won 7-0 on Nov. 7.

Prepping for the Red Wings

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 4, 2013 01:36 PM


The Bruins were back on the ice this morning for a 45-minute practice after taking their season opener from the Lightning Thursday night.

Next up for the B's? The Red Wings, who move east this season and into the Atlantic Division.

Detroit -- and its two-decade-long playoff streak -- brings significant talent to the division, and is likely to be battling Boston all season for a chance to head back to the postseason.

“I think they’re an elite team,” coach Claude Julien said. “They always have been.
They’re a good, experienced team. They’re a smart team, they play a good, smart game. That’ll certainly bring an element of an even bigger challenge for all the teams in our conference right now to add them in there.”

The Bruins rolled out the same lines as Thursday, with Carl Soderberg (ankle) still not on the ice. Jordan Caron skated in his place.

Soderberg appears to be getting better, but it isn't clear when he'll be back in the lineup.

“It’s a hard injury to say, listen, he’s going to be in on Sunday or Monday,” Julien said. “It’s hard to really pinpoint with that type of injury, but he is definitely getting better every day. I think he really is getting close. Hopefully, if there’s no setbacks, he should be on the ice soon.”

Bruins take 2013-14 opener from Lightning, 3-1

Posted by Staff October 3, 2013 11:40 PM
The Bruins opened up their 2013-14 season with a solid win over the Lightning on Thursday night, beating Tampa Bay, 3-1, in front of a sellout crowd at TD Garden.

Despite many new players on the Bruins’ roster, it was the familiar faces that led the way, with goals by Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, and Patrice Bergeron.

After allowing 15 shots in the first period and a tying goal midway through the second, Boston shook off the rust and stifled the Lightning the rest of the way with its trademark shutdown defense.

“I thought the last five minutes of the second and the [whole] third period we were a little bit more of the team we wanted to be, so it was nice to see our team get better as the game went on,” said coach Claude Julien. “It’s the first game [of the season]; it’s the first game for a lot of those guys that were in the lineup tonight, the first real game, I guess, [but we’re] overall happy with the win and we know we still have some work to do.”

“We had a pretty good third period; we started playing the way that we wanted to play,” Lucic said. “We started to have more in-zone time, it seemed like things started to flow a little better, and we were more in synch … [The Lightning] did a good job keeping us off our rhythm, but Tuukka [Rask] kept us in there and we found a way to win.”

Rask, fresh off signing an eight-year, $56 million contract extension, was superb in net, allowing just one goal on 33 shots.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I made some saves, but I didn’t necessarily feel really good … I think everybody looked a little tired. We didn’t have our legs, and mentally we weren’t as sharp as usual, but it was a good win.”

The Bruins got the scoring started at 11:39 of the first period when Kelly was awarded a penalty shot while Boston was killing a Tampa Bay power play, and the alternate captain delivered, beating Tampa Bay’s Anders Lindback with a backhand to put the Bruins up, 1-0.

“I had an idea of what I was going to do before [the shot],” Kelly said. “I try that move in practice, but Tuukka doesn’t move, so it ends up just going in his pad, so it’s kind of deflating. I was happy [Lindback] bit; you know he’s a big guy, [when you] shoot high he takes away the upper net, so I just tried to freeze him.

“I don’t think [I’ve] ever [had a penalty shot],” he added. “I normally don’t get those calls.”

Just over two minutes into the second period, it looked like Jordan Caron had made it 2-0 when he fought to get the puck past Lindback, but the referee waved off the goal, saying he had blown the whistle before it crossed the line. Tampa Bay tied the game seven minutes later when Eric Brewer found Valtteri Fippulla on a two-on-one rush.

Lucic put the Bruins back in the lead with just a minute to play in the period, taking a feed from David Krejci and beating Lindback over the shoulder. It was Lucic’s second straight year scoring in the opening game.

“[Krejci] saw me and I kind of knew he was going to pass it to me there,” Lucic said. “[I] didn’t have to say much; I know I didn’t have as much time and I just tried to get a good hard shot as quick as possible.

“It [feels] good [to score in Game 1],” he added. “Usually you don’t score [in the] first game of the season, but now [I have] two years in a row … it’s nice to start it off like that.”

Taking the 2-1 lead into the third period, the Bruins scored another shorthanded goal, this time from Bergeron with just under 16 minutes to play to take a 3-1 lead. They held on for the win, thanks in large part to the team’s impressive penalty kill, which allowed no goals on five power plays, including killing two long five-on-three opportunities.

“You always have to make extra effort when you are down two guys,” Rask said. “That’s something positive to see that our penalty killers were really good today and guys sacrificed out there, so that’s a good start for that.

“It’s really important, especially when you go down two men like that [and] you survive that twice in a game. That’s something we thrive on and we take a lot of pride in doing and it’s been working well.”

The Bruins won their first game of the season for the second year in a row, after having defeated the Rangers in last season's opener. The Bruins' next game is on Saturday when the Detroit Red Wings, now a division foe, come to Boston.

Final: Bruins 3, Lightning 1

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff October 3, 2013 07:05 PM

Jeff Pini, Amalie Benjamin, and Fluto Shinzawa provided updates from TD Garden as the Bruins opened their season.

Dennis Seidenberg signs four-year, $16 million extension

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 3, 2013 05:39 PM
On Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said that signing Dennis Seidenberg was “pretty high” on his agenda. And 24 hours later, Seidenberg signed a four-year, $16 million extension. TSN was first to report the deal.

"He plays our style," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "Heavy game. Heavy game that we like. He's been a warrior for us. There's a lot of things he has that are compatible with the way we want to play. He's 32, but we feel he's in very good condition, takes care of himself. Frankly, he wanted to stay here. Easier to get done for that reason."

Seidenberg was one of the few core Bruins unsigned for next season before the deal, and had talked this preseason about the difficulty of playing in a contract year.

“It’s pretty hard,” Seidenberg said. “There are stretches in the season when you don’t perform the way you want to and you start wondering. I should be experienced in that situation because I’ve gone through it a few times, but it never gets easier.”

Fortunately for Seidenberg and the Bruins, he won't need to. The 32-year-old had been in the final season of a four-year, $13 million deal he signed after he was traded to Boston from Florida with Matt Bartkowski in one of Chiarelli's best deals.

The contract is the same as the four-year, $16 million contract Tim Gleason signed with Carolina. Both are rugged, left-shot defensemen.

"D like Dennis are hard to find," Chiarelli said. "He's been so good for us. The way that he play, it's hard to find. We've got D in the pipeline that have bits and pieces of their game that are like that. But not the whole package like Dennis."

Game 1: Lightning at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 3, 2013 11:43 AM

It's time.

After three-plus months since the puck last dropped at the Garden -- we'll stay away from what happened in that game -- hockey is back in Boston. The Bruins will face the Lightning in their season opener, with new faces peppering the ice for the home team. Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla, and Reilly Smith will all make their debuts for the Bruins tonight.

There's good news, too, on the injury front. David Krejci, who has been out since Friday with back spasms, is a go for tonight's game. He'll be centering the team's top line with Milan Lucic and Iginla. Carl Soderberg remains out until at least Saturday's game, but it seems that he too is on the mend.

"I think the players are looking forward to it," coach Claude Julien said. "We've had a long training camp, so looking forward to getting it going here tonight with our fans behind us."

Julien would not announce which of the Bruins defensemen would sit for tonight's game, but it seemed from morning skate that Matt Bartkowski is likely to be the odd man out.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 FM

Records: Bruins 0-0, Lightning 0-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Notes: The game tonight is the first of four between the Bruins and Lightning this season, with the game marking the first time the two teams are in the same division. ... It's the fifth straight opener for the Bruins at home (and that includes Prague in 2010). ... The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Lightning 48-20-9-0, including a sweep of the season series last season.

Snippets from Media Day

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 2, 2013 01:32 PM

The Bruins just finished up with Media Day here at TD Garden, and there were a few newsy tidbits to come out of the season.

David Krejci, who suffered back spasms on Friday in Saskatoon, skated for the first time since the injury. He said he'll be a game-time decision, but that his back has improved. As he said, "Every single day I woke up, it felt much better. I'm expecting to get better again tomorrow and hopefully I'll be good to go."

Carl Soderberg, meanwhile, will not play on Thursday against the Lightning. The winger was placed on injured reserve after Friday's game, so he's not eligible to play. He would be eligible for Saturday's game, but there's no sense of whether he would be ready for that. “It felt really bad after the game. It’s felt much better every day,” Soderberg said. As for when he could return, “I have no idea,” he said. “It feels much better, so we will see. We can take a couple of days, but we have no idea.” Jordan Caron has skated with the third line in his place for the last couple of days.

The Bruins are still working on a new practice facility for the team, with the goal of eventually replacing Ristuccia Arena. The preferred destination now appears to be on the site of the old Boston Garden. There is no timeline, but Charlie Jacobs said that the team is working on the numbers with Boston Properties to build one. "My hope would be that we would have a premier, world-class training facility," Jacobs said. "Not to say that we don't have one at Ristuccia, but we think we can do better." There would also be retail and restaurants in the site. If that doesn't work, the team will continue discussions with others, but as Jacobs said, "This might be Option 1 in my book, at the moment."

Krejci awarded third 'A'

Posted by Amalie Benjamin October 1, 2013 04:16 PM

WATERBURY, Vermont -- When Andrew Ference left town after last season, he left multiple holes on the Bruins. First, there was his spot on defense. Second, there was his spot as a leader of the team, as evidence by his position one of the team's alternate captains.

The Bruins chose David Krejci to take over Ference's vacated "A," which he'll split with Chris Kelly on home/road games as Ference did last season. Patrice Bergeron has the other "A" and Zdeno Chara wears the captain's "C."

"Unanimous," coach Claude Julien said.

Asked if it means a lot to Krejci, Julien said, "It does. He's been a good leader on the ice. And every year in the playoffs, he comes up big. I think it's important for him, same as [Milan Lucic] that he can step up and be more of a leader. I think it's time for him to show that for us, and after I talked to him, he seemed keen on wanting to be that guy."

Krejci was not on the ice at the Waterbury Ice Center this afternoon. He suffered back spasms on Friday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and did not play in that night's game. Julien said the team was hopeful that Krejci would be back on the ice tomorrow, the day before the season opener. Julien said the team is "optimistic about that."

Carl Soderberg also did not skate today. The team is less hopeful about him. Julien said that Soderberg was "highly doubtful" for Thursday's game against the Lightning. Soderberg hit a rut on the ice in Saskatoon, and while it was initially deemed minor, his ankle got more swollen in the next couple of days. The Bruins will know more when the swelling goes down.

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