|11.29.10 at 1:18 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins center Marc Savard doesn’t know when he will make his long-awaited season debut after battling post-concussion symptoms, but said on Monday that it won’t be long before he is back. Following his third practice of the full-contact variety, Savard felt confident that he could soon be in the Bruins’ lineup.
“[It was] another good day, and a little bit of work after, and continuing to progress,” Savard, who worked on battle drills with teammate Adam McQuaid, said. “Hopefully I’m going to get in soon, just around the corner.”
Savard seemed quite sure that he would not be in the lineup when the Bruins take on the Flyers on Wednesday. Asked about his prospects of playing in Philadelphia, Savard replied, “I don’t think so. No, I’m not going to be playing Wednesday. I don’t think so.”
The center’s chances of playing on Thursday at home vs. the Lightning are also up in the air.
“I don’t know,” Savard said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
|11.28.10 at 3:28 pm ET|
Bruins center David Krejci, who was held out of Saturday’s practice with the flu and was not on the team flight to Atlanta, will not play on Sunday vs. the Thrashers, according to multiple reports. Claude Julien had left open the possibility of Krejci or Jordan Caron, also out with the flu, potentially meeting the team in Atlanta, but neither ended up travelling, according to the Boston Globe. Sunday’s game will be the second straight contest Caron has missed, as he was kept out of Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes after getting sick on Thursday.
With the two out, Jamie Arniel will make his NHL debut. Arniel was recalled on an emergency basis on Saturday. In 19 games this season, the 21-year-old Arniel has nine goals and seven assists, leading the Providence Bruins with 16 points.
|11.27.10 at 2:39 pm ET|
With Jordan Caron and David Krejci missing Saturday’s practice with the flu, the Bruins announced Saturday that they have recalled Jamie Arniel from Providence on an emergency basis. It’s the second time this month that Arniel has been called up, as he was summoned in early November when Michael Ryder missed practice. Here’s the press release:
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Jamie Arniel from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). Arniel will join the club on the trip to Atlanta and be available for the Bruins game against the Thrashers on Sunday, November 28.
This is Arniel’s second recall to Boston, he was recalled on Tuesday, November 9 and was a healthy scratch in the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, November 10.
The 21-year-old Arniel has appeared in 19 games this season for Providence, and leads the team in points and goals with 9-7=16 totals.
Arniel completed his first full pro season with the Providence Bruins in 2009-10, with 12-16=28 totals in 67 games. He won the club’s Rookie of the Year award and led all P-Bruins first-year players in scoring and
The Kingston, Ontario native was drafted by Boston in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
|11.27.10 at 12:50 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron and David Krejci, both of whom were missing from Saturday’s practice with the flu, will not travel with the Bruins as they head to Atlanta for Sunday’s game vs. the Thrashers. In delivering the news, Claude Julien added that the two could join the team if they felt better, but that the team will have to consider calling somebody up from Providence should neither player be good to go.
Julien added that Marco Sturm also has the flu, which was why he was kept out of practice. Caron has been sick since Thursday and did not play in Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
|11.27.10 at 11:21 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins were without Jordan Caron‘s services in Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes due to the 20-year-old winger’s case of the flu. He was missing again at the onset of Saturday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. David Krejci was also kept out with the flu, with Marco Sturm the only other missing Bruin. Here’s a look at the forward lines lines:
Lucic – Bergeron – Horton
Seguin- Wheeler – Recchi
Paille – Savard – Ryder
Marchand – Campbell – Thornton
|11.26.10 at 2:17 pm ET|
Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins’ penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B’sat TD Garden on Friday.
The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league’s top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals.
The B’s outshot Carolina, 37-20, though Ward was able to stop every shot he saw, robbing the likes of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin. The loss dropped the Bruins’ record to 12-7-2, while Tim Thomas saw his record fall to 11-2-1. The Bruins are now 4-5-2 in home games, including the season-opener in Prague.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The penalty kill struggled without Jordan Carons in what proved to be a game decided by special teams. The Hurricanes were able to net tallies in all three of their power plays. Carolina actually entered the game 21st in the league with a 15.3 power play percentage, while the Bruins’ 90.5 penalty kill percentage was tops in the league entering Friday. The last time the Bruins had allowed three power play goals was on April 9, 2007 in a game in which the Canadiens went 3-for-7.
– Just as the penalty kill was rough for the B’s, the power play was brutal. The Bruins failed to get a shot on Cam Ward in either of their man advantages in the second period, and poor passing often left them chasing the puck down outside of the offensive zone. The Bruins finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play.
– As fascinating as this team’s third-period play has been, they once again saw why turning it up in the third period isn’t a safe motto to live by. Friday marked the 10th game in which the Bruins trailed entering the third period, and with the loss they have dropped to 2-6-2 in those games.
WHAT ELSE WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Daniel Paille hasn’t played much this season, and when he has, he’s given the naysayers plenty of reason for their criticism. Paille was in the lineup on Friday in place of Jordan Caron (flu) and committed the turnover that led to the Hurricane’s first goal.
– Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall were the two names everyone knew in June’s draft, but another top-10 pick continued to show that he’s been the league’s best rookie on Friday. In getting the Hurricanes on the board with his power play goal in the first period, seventh overall pick Jeff Skinner added to his league-high points total. He now has 18 points on the season.
The youngest player in the league, Skinner played against Seguin and Hall in the OHL as a member of the Kitchener Rangers the last two years. Last season, he scored 50 goals for Kitchener.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton got more pucks on net, something neither have done nearly enough this season. Lucic had five shots on Ward, which tied Zdeno Chara for the team high, while Horton had four. Even so, Horton did not have one of his better showings, appearing to go through the motions in the second period more than anything else.
– For the second game in a row, the Bruins were aided by a delay of game call on their opponent while the B’s were already on the power play. Tim Gleason sent the puck over the glass in his own zone at 12:00 of the third, though there were just four seconds remaining on a Joni Pitkanen high-sticking minor.
|11.26.10 at 1:30 pm ET|
Tuomo Ruutu tipped a power play goal past Tim Thomas, and the Bruins trail the Hurricanes, 2-0, after two periods at TD Garden. The Bruins have now trailed entering the third period 10 times in 21 games this season.
A period after robbing Nathan Horton on a golden opportunity, Cam Ward did the same to Tyler Seguin during a delayed penalty call, lunging to get back in position. The Bruins were rather lethargic with the man advantage on both of their power plays.
Through two periods of play, the Bruins have outshot the Hurricanes, 21-15.