WILMINGTON — Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins are back on the ice for the first time since their 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The bug that’s sidelined Marco Sturm, Johnny Boychuk and Blake Wheeler at various times this week continues. Top-line defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was missing from practice today, and head coach Claude Julien is hopeful the veteran is well enough to play tomorrow afternoon against the New York Rangers. Julien said a trainer also came down with it yesterday.
Boston’s dismal power play was one of the themes this morning. The B’s have netted just one power play goal since Matt Cooke’s cheapshot on Marc Savard put the crafty top-line center out of the lineup indefinitely, and clearly have not been able to make up for his quarterbacking skills.
“We’ve just got to get on the same page,” Wheeler said. “We’ve just kind of been on different pages a little bit, not really knowing where the next guy’s going to be at all times. When we’re clicking, we know where each other’s going to be, and the puck will find the stick more.”
Andrew Ference (groin), who was hurried back into action Thursday night, skating, as is Johnny Boychuk, who missed the game with the flu, and Marco Sturm, who didn’t finish due to flu-like symptoms.
After mustering just 17 shots on goal in Thursday’s shutout, net-front presence is one of the themes of this morning’s practice. The Bruins have been practicing the power play as well as down-low and rush drills, and seem to be diligent in front of the crease. Also a bit of chalk talk today.
Here are the forward lines:
Sturm — Bergeron — Recchi
Wheeler — Krejci — Ryder
Lucic — Sobotka — Satan
Paille — Begin — Thornton/Marchand