Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins have taken the ice for the first time since Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers. This is the last time the Bruins will practice before embarking on their west coast road trip, and there will be plenty of questions abound following this morning’s skate.
Defenseman Mark Stuart, out since mid-December with a broken sternum,
is practicing this morning. The Globe previously reported that Stuart
would be traveling with the team for this upcoming road trip. Head coach Claude Julien said Stuart would need to be cleared by doctors before he can suit up for a game again, given the nature of the injury, but suggested that he could get time on the ice towards the end of this road trip.
Byron Bitz (back) is a possibility for Wednesday night’s game at Anaheim; Patrice Bergeron (hand) will travel with the team, Julien confirmed, but Marc Savard (partial MCL tear) will not. Savard was also seen in the locker room towards the end of the media session, and confirmed he will not need surgery.
There’s a shakeup in the forward lines once again, the most significant being the return of Milan Lucic to the top line, centered by Steve Begin and with Byron Bitz on the right wing. David Krejci returned to centering the second line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, while Mark Recchi was back centering the third line of Marco Sturm and Miroslav Satan. Vladimir Sobotka and Trent Whitfield split center duties on the fourth line flanked by Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille.