|02.09.16 at 12:21 pm ET|
You know you came up in a veteran organization when you’re set the play the team months after being traded and you only know “a couple” players on the team. That’s the case for Colin Miller as the Bruins prepare to take on the Kings at TD Garden.
Miller, who was drafted by the Kings in 2012, won the Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs last season before being traded to Boston in the Milan Lucic trade.
“I know a couple of guys on the team,” Miller said Tuesday. “Obviously I wasn’t up there at all, so I know a couple of guys on the team and have been around them in training camp and stuff like that, but there are definitely a couple of buddies that I’ll be watching tonight.”
Ah, yes. Watching. Unfortunately for Miller, he appears to be the odd man out on defense for Tuesday, as he stayed out after morning skate along with injured defenseman Adam McQuaid. If Miller is out for Tuesday, he’ll join Steven Kampfer (scratched vs. his hometown Red Wings in the 2010-11 season) as defensemen Claude Julien has sat in sentimental moments. Miller, who was scratched Saturday as well, didn’t seem especially hurt by potentially sitting against his former organization.
“It’s always fun playing against an old team that you know, but we’ll see what happens here tonight,” Miller said. “It will be a good game either way.”
Here is the anticipated lineup for Tuesday, based on morning skate:
|02.09.16 at 10:59 am ET|
Bruins forward Matt Beleskey has similar numbers to Milan Lucic a season ago, but he’s trying to avoid the comparison to the former Bruin.
“He’s a great player. If anyone put me in that [class] I’d take it, but like I said [when I came here] I’m not Milan Lucic,” Beleskey said Monday. “I won’t be that player. I’m different. I’m my own player and that’s the way I’ve been playing all year.”
Beleskey, who signed a five-year contract worth $3.8 million annually this offseason to replace Lucic, has nearly identical goals per 60 (.68) to what Lucic had in his final season in Boston (.70). He currently finds himself in a scoring slump that’s seen him score just one goal in his last 16 games, a slump that Lucic himself had last season.
Claude Julien said he’s happy with Beleskey, whom he feels the Bruins signed for his physicality rather than raw numbers.
“It’s his production that’s maybe thrown things off a little bit,” Julien said Monday. “Do people have the right view of what he is as a player vs. looking at last year’s stats and thinking that’s what it should be or even better. We knew what we were getting. We were getting a guy that, [after] losing Lucic, would give us some grit, would be able to contribute offensively here and there as well. So far he’s given us that. To me, he’s a player that, when you look at our group up front, he’s a player that we really need.”
To read more on Beleskey’s season and how it compares to Lucic’s final season in Boston, click here for Monday’s story.
|02.08.16 at 12:38 pm ET|
Patrice Bergeron was given the day off Monday as the Bruins prepared for Tuesday’s game against the Kings, with Claude Julien saying that it was a rest day and not injury-related.
Though Bergeron was absent, the rest of the Bruins’ lines remained the same, with Tyler Randell subbing on the first line for practice.
Adam McQuaid once again practiced with the B’s, though he is not expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
“Every day is a better day for Mac,” Julien said. “We’re going to keep looking at it that way and when he’s ready we’ll look forward to putting him in.”
Julien said he does not know whether Malcolm Subban’s fractured larynx will end the goaltender’s season. Subban was transferred to Mass General Hospital Sunday after getting hit in the throat during warmups of Providence’s game in Portland Saturday and getting rushed to a local hospital.
David Pastrnak said that he texted with Subban, saying that while the player is in good spirits.
“He’s OK,” Pastrnak said. “He texted that he’s alright.”
The Bruins have not provided any other update other than to say that Subban is out indefinitely.
|02.07.16 at 5:11 pm ET|
Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban is in stable condition but will be out indefinitely after getting hit in the throat by a puck during warmups of Saturday’s Providence Bruins game. In a statement released by the team, the Bruins said that Subban suffered a fractured larynx.
Subban, the Bruins’ first-round pick in 2012, was suffered the injury prior to the P-Bruins’ contest in Portland, Maine, at which point he was taken to Maine Medical Center. Per the Bruins’ statement, he was taken to Mass General Hospital for further evaluation and is in stable condition.
Though there’s no ideal time for such a frightening injury, Subban’s play of late and the Bruins’ goaltending situation make the timing of the injury worse. Subban had a .929 save percentage in his nine games previous to the injury. The Bruins had recalled Subban amid health concerns for Boston backup Jonas Gustavsson, who has since returned from an elevated heart rate.
The 22-year-old Toronto native figures to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup next season, though that could have been accelerated by injuries at the NHL level this season. Gustavsson said after coming off IR that he doesn’t expect his heart to be a concern for the rest of the season.
|02.07.16 at 12:45 am ET|
|02.06.16 at 9:51 pm ET|
It appeared Brad Marchand‘s goal-per-game pace of late would finally be slowed when the Bruins went to overtime without against the Sabres Saturday without a tally from their leading goal scorer.
Then, with 2:28 remaining in the 3-on-3 session, Marchand was inexplicably awarded a penalty shot on which he converted to give the Bruins a 2-1 overtime victory over the Sabres.
The goal was Marchand’s 24th goal of the season and ninth in as many games. With the win, the Bruins now have points in all three games since returning from the All-Star break (2-0-1).
The Sabres had plenty of reason to be miffed with the result of the game. Rasmus Ristolainen was called for a slash that gave Marchand the penalty shot, though it seemed clear enough that Marchand knocked the stick out of Ristolainen’s hands.
The Bruins will next play Monday, when they host the Kings in Boston’s last home game before a six-game road trip.
Here are four more things we learned Saturday:
ERIKSSON SNAPS OUT OF SCORING DROUGHT
Loui Eriksson had gone nine games without a goal entering Saturday, but he stopped his skid with a first-period tally.
Eriksson’s goal came as a result of a heads up play by David Krejci, who intercepted a Cody Franson pass and fed the puck to David Pastrnak at the left circle. Pastrnak executed a perfect slap pass down low to Eriksson, who had the entire net and plenty of time to work with as he put the puck in for his 16th goal of the season.
Speaking of that Krejci line, Pastrnak was leaps and bounds better Saturday than he was in Boston’s first two games back from the All-Star break. In addition to playing better with the puck and assisting Eriksson’s goal, Pastrnak came an inch away from a huge third-period goal, as his bid rang iron.
CONNOLLY DROUGHT REACHES NEW LOW
You would think things couldn’t go much worse in the goal-scoring department. You would be wrong.
Connolly, who has scored just once on a goaltender over his last 28 games, blew a couple of chances Saturday night, the first of which saw him miss the net on a redirection. To be fair, that happens with players every game. This, however, does not.
Brett Connolly’¦sick shot, bro. pic.twitter.com/G3pV47zHDi
‘ Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 7, 2016
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|02.05.16 at 3:35 pm ET|
The Bruins sent center Joonas Kemppainen to Providence on Friday. He will play Friday night against Albany.
Kemppainen, a 27-year-old center who came to the NHL from Finland this offseason, has struggled in his first North American season. In 35 games for the Bruins, Kemppainen has one goal and two assists for three points. He has won 51.4 percent of his faceoffs but posted poor possession numbers. His Relative Corsi of -16.4 ranks 17th among 20 Bruins skaters with at least 20 games played this season.
Kemppainen was a healthy scratch in both of the Bruins’ post All-Star break contests leading up to his demotion.
Friday’s move leaves the Bruins with 22 players on their NHL roster, one shy of the maximum. Adam McQuaid figures to come off injured reserve at some point in the not-too-distant future, though he has yet to take contact as he works his way back from an upper-body injury. McQuaid practiced with the Bruins Friday after taking part in Thursday’s morning skate.