VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Good afternoon from Rogers Arena, where both teams have gathered for practice prior to tomorrow’s Game 7. The Canucks are going through an optional. Bruins are scheduled to hit the ice for a full session at 5 p.m. local time.
The Canucks will be without second-line right wing Mason Raymond. On his first shift last night, Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture. Raymond will be sidelined for at least three months.
Raymond leaves a big hole on the No. 2 line alongside Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler. They had served as the two-way line against Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Options to replace Raymond include Jeff Tambellini and Jannik Hansen.
Today’s practice is a departure for the Bruins. Prior to Game 5, the Bruins opted for rest instead of practice. But given the outcomes of that game, the Bruins may be looking to shake up their routine.
“When you’ve been on the plane for six hours, we just wanted to come out here, get the blood flowing, and loosen up a little bit to get ourselves ready for tomorrow,” Claude Julien said. “Simple as that. I don’t think there was anything we did today that was with regards to systems or stuff like that. It was just very, very simple — getting the guys ready for tomorrow.”
* Nathan Horton, who helped inspire his teammates last night at TD Garden, traveled with the Bruins to Vancouver today. Horton didn’t attend Game 5 in Vancouver. Marc Savard did not travel with the team.