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Six Bruins take part in optional skate

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  December 2, 2013 11:35 AM

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WILMINGTON – The Bruins had just six players on the ice at Ristuccia Arena Monday morning for an optional practice, with Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Matt Bartkowski, and Jordan Caron taking part.

The Bruins are off for four days before they travel to Montreal for Thursday's Atlantic Division showdown. The team took Sunday fully off.

So far the Bruins have had an easy schedule, at least in terms of home vs. road games. They've played 17 of their first 27 games at home. But that changes in December, with the team playing just five games at home in the month and eight on the road, including a swing through western Canada.

"Obviously you feel a lot more comfortable at home with your fans behind you, but it's probably a welcome thing right now," coach Claude Julien said. "I think it's going to be good for us to get together on the road and spend a little more time as a team and face some of those challenges and the travel that comes with it.

"I think it's a great opportunity for us to do this right now. We've had a pretty successful homestand and now it's time to try and carry that over to the road."

The Bruins will practice twice more at Ristuccia Arena before flying to Montreal on Wednesday.

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