‘Under the weather’ Ryder misses practice
|11.09.09 at 2:09 pm ET|
WILMINGTON, Mass. – David Krejci returned to practice Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, but it appears that right wing Michael Ryder has taken the center’s place in Boston’s revolving sick bay unit.
B’s coach Claude Julien termed Ryder, who missed practice and had Vladimir Sobotka instead skating in his place with Krejci and winger Blake Wheeler, as “under the weather”. Julien also added that he didn’t anticipate Ryder’s illness being another B’s player succumbing to the N1N1 virus, though the B’s coach also clearly didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
“He’s a little under the weather,” said Julien. “There are no H1N1 symptoms if that’s the thing that people want to know. But then again I’m not a doctor. Every time somebody is under the weather we’re going to play it safe and get it checked out. But there’s nothing indicating that it’s got anything to do with [swine flu].”
With Ryder out for precautionary reasons on Monday, it’s too early to determine whether Ryder might be out for Tuesday night’s big game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ryder has been battling through a cold streak on the ice as well, and hasn’t cracked the score sheet in eight games with only one goal in his last 11 games.
Wheeler said that there was minimal adjustment time to get used to Sobotka on the wing rather than skating beside him at center, and they’d be perfectly comfortable as a trio should Ryder be unable to answer the bell against the Pens.
“It’s all the same. As long as you are comfortable playing with players, it doesn’t even really matter where they are out on the ice,” said Wheeler. “How many times in a game do you actually end on the right side of the ice? Where you are on the back check is where you’re going to end up on the ice.
“As long as you have a comfort level with the guys on the ice it shouldn’t matter, and Vladdy and I have had a comfort level for a bit. It’s also great to have Krejci back.”
–Krejci was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus last Thursday, and he’s back on the ice practicing with his teammates this morning after a full recovery from the swine flu. He’s taking part in all battle drills after missing three days of games or practices with the illness, and appears to be ready for game action Tuesday night against the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins.
Krejci was paired Wheeler on the left side and obotka on the right, and Michael Ryder appears to be missing from practice.
Here are the forward lines from practice:
Mark Recchi – Patrice Bergeron – Marco Sturm
Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Vladimir Sobotka
Daniel Paille – Trent Whitfield – Brad Marchand
Shawn Thornton – Steve Begin – Byron Bitz
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