The Bruins – well, most of them – were back on the ice at the Garden Thursday after a lengthy layoff, having been off since Saturday’s win over the Red Wings.
It was an optional skate, but there was one notable who took part: Carl Soderberg. It was the first time the Swede has skated with his Bruins teammates since injuring his ankle in Saskatoon during the team’s final preseason game. Having him participate in the optional morning skate – David Krejci and Milan Lucic skipped it – was a way for him to ease back into the flow of things. He’s expected to take part in practice tomorrow before the team heads to Columbus.
“I think it’s a start,” Claude Julien said. “He’s skated enough the last couple of days, I guess, or since Monday. He’s been skating on his own. It was good to see him out there doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. So he’s progressing well, but obviously not ready to play.”
Tonight’s matchup is a bigger one than anticipated at the start of the season with the Avalanche out to a quick 3-0-0 start, having beaten Toronto on Tuesday. Not only that, but the Avalanche bring coach Patrick Roy to town.
With the layoff, Julien quipped that he had “spent the last couple of days solidifying the glass between the benches.”
Roy, of course, nearly toppled the partition between the two benches in his first game as coach as he had a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.
Your move, Roy.
“I don’t expect any problems with Claude Julien,” Roy said.
With the morning skate being optional, the lines weren’t exactly the same. But the lines are expected to be the same as they have been through the first two games of the season, both wins.