The Bruins are off today. They will resume work tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena. Like all on-ice sessions in Wilmington, tomorrow’s practice is free and open to the public. TD Garden practices are closed.
Here’s the latest version of Plus/Minus:
+ The chemistry between Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly, and Tyler Seguin. First on pucks and driving to the net last night against San Jose. Smart play all around. Kelly’s hockey sense is contagious. Can’t break up this line.
+ Good on the draw. David Krejci (61.2 percent), Patrice Bergeron (59.3), and Gregory Campbell (56.2) have been excellent on faceoffs. Bruins tied with Sharks in team faceoff winning percentage (54.9).
+ Shawn Thornton’s fight game. Thornton picked the perfect time to ask Jim Vandermeer last night with the Bruins down two goals. Started with rights, switched to left, ended by pulling Vandermeer’s shirt over his head. That bout came after a grinding battle with Colton Orr on Thursday. In terms of toughness and technique, not many fighters better than Thornton.
– Lack of consistency. Bruins finding it challenging to stack up repeated good shifts. That was a trademark of their game last year. Featured wave-after-wave attack against opponents.
– Adam McQuaid’s health. Bruins tight-lipped about why McQuaid was considered game-time decision against Carolina on Tuesday, then pulled back. Considering recent history, no telling whether McQuaid will be ready for Thursday’s game against Montreal.
– Mental lapses. Mistakes being made aren’t physical.