|Seth Griffith, Matt Bartkowski appear set to return to Bruins lineup vs. Sharks||10.21.14 at 12:20 pm ET|
Tuukka Rask was first goaltender off the ice at Tuesday’s morning skate, suggesting he’ll be between the pipes against the Sharks.
With Kevan Miller out, Matt Bartkowski is set to enter the lineup. The Bruins will play Torey Krug on the right side of the second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.
Krug is a left shot, but he has experience playing the right side dating back to college. Seidenberg is also a lefty who can play both sides.
Matt Fraser appears to be the team’s healthy scratch on offense, as he rotated in on the fourth line but stayed on the ice later than his teammates.
The lines and pairings in morning skate were as follows:
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Krug
Bartkowski – McQuaid
|Bruins’ self-proclaimed defensive depth being put to test||10.20.14 at 10:56 pm ET|
In the offseason, Peter Chiarelli said he felt the Bruins had nine NHL-caliber defensemen. A 10th, he would later say, was close in Zach Trotman. It was hard to disagree.
Then the B’s traded Johnny Boychuk. Then Kevan Miller dislocated his right shoulder in a fight Saturday night, leaving him out indefinitely.
You can bet that all the defensive depth you’ve heard about now will be put to the test.
The obvious replacement with Miller out of the lineup is Matt Bartkowski. The Bruins would take turns sitting guys to find ways to get him in the lineup last season before Dennis Seidenberg‘s knee injury gave him a full-time job. With a healthier group this season, Bartkowski has been limited to just one game.
After that, David Warsofsky is the only remaining blueliner from the summer’s advertised group not on the roster. The B’s had to put him on waivers in order to send him to Providence at the end of training camp, but nobody claimed him. In five AHL games this season, the 24-year-old Warsofsky has no points and a minus-5 rating.
The thing with both Bartkowski and Warsofsky is that they are both left shots, while Miller is a righty. The Bruins, as you’ve probably noticed by now, like to play with a lefty on the left and a righty on the right unless it’s a Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg (both lefties) type of pairing.
There have been other exceptions to the lefty-righty rule, as Torey Krug played a bit on the right side down the stretch last season and Seidenberg has played on the left when paired with Bartkowski. It’s worth noting that the Bartkowski-Seidenberg pairing has struggled when used in games dating back to last season before Seidenberg’s injury.
|Bruins recall Seth Griffith from Providence||10.20.14 at 9:46 am ET|
The Bruins recalled right wing Seth Griffith from Providence Monday, a day after sending him down.
Griffith was first recalled by the B’s three games into the season, at which point he was put on David Krejci‘s line with Milan Lucic for two games. After Simon Gagne finished both games in Griffith’s place, the B’s made Griffith a healthy scratch Saturday and sent him to Providence Sunday. He played for Providence Sunday, scoring an empty-net goal.
In three games for Providence this season, Griffith has two goals and an assist for three points.
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|Bruins send Ryan Spooner, Seth Griffith to Providence||10.19.14 at 11:45 am ET|
The Bruins announced Sunday that they have sent forwards Seth Griffith and Ryan Spooner to AHL Providence.
Spooner played in the Bruins’ first five games of the season, centering Milan Lucic and Matt Fraser for three games before centering the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Simon Gagne until Gregory Campbell returned from injury. He struggled as a third-liner, while Julien was hesitant to play him while he centered the fourth line. Spooner played just 4:22 on Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reported prior to Thursday’s game that the Bruins would play Spooner at left wing once he was sent to Providence. The team had been hesitant to play Spooner anywhere but center since drafting him in 2010, but Spooner’s struggles in the defensive zone might make him better-served to play wing.
Griffith was recalled last Sunday to serve as the right wing on David Krejci‘s line with Lucic. He played two games in that role, but was replaced late in both games by Gagne.
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|Kevan Miller leaves with upper-body injury as Bruins shut out Sabres||10.18.14 at 9:38 pm ET|
The Bruins had to play with only five defensemen Saturday night, but three of them scored as the B’s took an easy 4-0 win over the Sabres.
After Kevan Miller had left the game following a fight, Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the point and picked up a secondary assist on a Zdeno Chara blast to make it 2-0 in the first period.
Torey Krug netted his first of the season as well, taking a puck off the boards and beating Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot at 11:40 of the second. Just over three minutes later, Carl Soderberg roofed a backhander in front to make it 4-0.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday in Boston against the Sharks.
Here are some observations from the game:
– Miller left after fighting Nicolas Deslauriers on his fifth shift of the game, leaving the B’s to manage with five defensemen for the vast majority of the game. After the game, Claude Julien told reporters that Miller sustained an upper-body injury in the fight.
The task for Bruins blueliners became tougher in the second period, when an early penalty from Adam McQuaid and a late penalty from Dennis Seidenberg meant more responsibility and minutes on the penalty kill for the rest of Boston’s defense.
– Speaking of penalties, the Sabres are so bad this season. The Bruins took seven penalties, giving Buffalo nearly 13 and a half minutes of time on the man advantage, and the Sabres still failed to beat Svedberg.
– Saturday marked Simon Gagne’s first full game playing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. He didn’t land a shot on goal, but Gagne’s plus-10 Corsi was tied for second among all players, with only Krug fairing better with a plus-14 Corsi.
– The Bruins were terrific in front of the net in offensive zone, with Reilly Smith putting in the work on the goals scored by Hamilton and Chara, while Krejci getting in front of Enroth off the faceoff facilitated Krug’s goal.
In their own end, the B’s were just as tough. They blocked a ton of shots against the Sabres, getting in front of 22 of them.
– Another game, another great showing from Carl Soderberg’s line. He and Chris Kelly lead the team with five points apiece.
– Patrice Bergeron had the assist on Hamilton’s goal, giving the Bruins center 499 career points. That ties him with Adam Oates for 13th all-time in Bruins history. Just a hunch, but the guess here is that he gets to 500 at some point.
|Milan Lucic apologizes for ‘embarrassing’ Bruins vs. Canadiens||10.18.14 at 1:13 pm ET|
Milan Lucic apologized Saturday morning for the fine-warranting gesture he made at Canadiens fans Thursday night.
Lucic made the obscene gesture as he entered the penalty box with 1:20 to play in the Bruins’ eventual 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He argued with a referee after the Habs added a power play empty-netter, which earned him a game misconduct. He did not speak to the media after the game and was fined $5,000 for the gesture on Friday.
“I’m not proud of what I did there. I just want to apologize to our organization for embarrassing the Bruins organization,” Lucic told reporters Saturday morning in Buffalo.
“I also want to apologize to our fans and also apologize to the Montreal Canadiens organization and the Canadiens fans,” he added. “I know they can get under your skin sometimes but they are great fans. I apologize for my actions. I regret what I did.”
Lucic had a pair of assists in Thursday’s game, which were his first two points of the season. According to ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald, Simon Gagne skated on Lucic’s line with David Krejci in Saturday’s morning skate after finishing the last two games in that spot. Gagne scored late in Thursday’s game while playing with the duo.
Matt Fraser reportedly skated on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. Such a move is interesting, as Paille played right wing Thursday when Gagne was on the line. Perhaps that was preparation for Fraser, far more effective on the left wing than on the right, to return to the lineup in the position he plays best.
|Bruins say laser pointer didn’t hurt them vs. Canadiens||10.17.14 at 12:32 am ET|
MONTREAL — Some bozo was shining a laser pointer on the ice throughout Thursday night’s game between the Bruins and the Canadiens. Though they should have taken the opportunity to use it as an excuse, the Bruins said it didn’t impact the game.
The laser, a thick green dot, could be seen throughout the first two periods. It was pointed at Gregory Campbell‘s feet during a second-period faceoff and could also be seen moving around Tuukka Rask‘s net.
Campbell said he didn’t notice the laser during the game. Rask said he did, but had no idea that he was one of the players the fan was intending to distract.
“At me? No,” Rask said when asked if he saw the laser. “I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone. Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything.”
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