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Chris Kelly and David Krejci remain out, Bruins have multiple game-time decisions vs. Penguins 11.24.14 at 11:50 am ET
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David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain out for the Bruins as they face the Penguins Monday night. Both players were absence from morning skate, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that Krejci has taken a step backwards with his injury and that Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Brad Marchand is also a game-time decision for the Bruins, with Julien saying there are other forwards who could be in or out due to injury. Both David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron were present for the skate. The lines in morning skate were as follows:

Marchand/Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Caron – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak/Griffith

Krejci has dealt with multiple lower-body issues. He battled a hip injury earlier in the season and is believed to be nursing a different issue in the same area. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Monday that the current issue is a groin pull. Playing through one issue in that area creates strain on others, so it’s possible the current injury is a result of the previous one.

“Right now what I’€™ll tell you is we’€™ve taken a step back again,” Julien said. “It’€™s something that I can’€™t even go into. It’€™s been way more complicated… again as you know, these are not machines, these guys, and there’€™s certain things you try and fix and then you find out there’€™s a little bit more and nobody knows and nobody should know until you go from one stage to the next.

“The one thing I can tell you is that when he played he was one hundred percent, but we took him out because after that he wasn’€™t one hundred percent anymore. That’€™s where it’€™s tough. You say he’€™s one hundred percent, should you hold him back? I don’€™t believe in holding anybody back because if he’€™s ok the next day then we wasted a game with him, so we’€™re working on that. The only thing I would tell you is that everything I’€™m being told, it’€™s not something we’€™re going to have to manage all year and I know that’€™s a big issue in wondering what’€™s going on but it’€™s something that’€™s going to be fixed is what I’€™m being told. So don’€™t shoot the messenger.”

Tuukka Rask was the first Bruins goalie off the ice Monday, indicating he will be in net against the Penguins.

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Zdeno Chara begins skating, Bruins announce recalls of David Pastrnak, Jordan Caron 11.24.14 at 10:17 am ET
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Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruins captain has been seen skating since being declared out with a torn PCL suffered last month.

Chara is four and a half weeks into what the Bruins said would be a 4-6 week recovery. He is one of three defensemen currently out for the Bruins, as Adam McQuaid is expected to miss 5-7 more weeks with a broken thumb and David Warsofsky is nursing a groin strain. Warsofsky was playing in Boston as an injury replacement.

The Bruins also announced the call-ups of David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron Monday morning. Both transactions were made Sunday. For more on the recall of Pastrnak, click here.

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Bruins recall David Pastrnak, Jordan Caron 11.23.14 at 6:21 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins. The news was first reported by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal.

Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick (25th overall) in June’s draft, has been in Providence all season. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points this season in 17 AHL games. His callup comes with the Bruins battling multiple injuries on offense, as David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly all missed Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.

The 18-year-old has skated mostly on Providence’s top line this season. He was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month in October, his first professional month in North America.

The Bruins sent Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad, both of whom were recalled for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens, back to Providence Sunday, though the AHL transactions page indicated at the time that Pastrnak was officially recalled that Boston had recalled Caron once again.

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Claude Julien says Chris Kelly suffered injury Friday 11.22.14 at 10:23 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’€™s loss to the Canadiens that Chris Kelly, who missed the game, was injured Friday against the Blue Jackets.

Kelly played throughout the three periods of Friday’€™s game, but did not play in overtime. Julien did not offer what the injury was or how long he would be out, saying that the medical staff would know more about the injury in the coming days.

“I really don’t know,” Julien said. “I could say day-to-day, but we don’€™t know, we don’€™t know right now. And our medical staff has not given me any indication of how long the injury is going to take. It’€™s one of those that I think they’€™ve got to feel as the days go by.”

Saturday was Kelly’s first missed game of the season. He has two goals and six assists for eight points and a plus-four rating.

With Kelly out, Matt Lindblad was recalled and inserted into the lineup as the Habs took a 2-0 victory over the Bruins.

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5 things we learned as banged-up Bruins were shut out by Canadiens 11.22.14 at 9:44 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If you thought the banged-up Bruins probably wouldn’€™t be able to beat the Canadiens right now, you were right.

Nothing the Bruins tried got to the Habs Saturday night, whether fighting (both Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug took turns trying to change momentum by dropping the gloves) or attempted offense (Carey Price shut out the Bruins for the first time in the regular season) was enough to prevent a 2-0 loss against the Atlantic Division leaders (box).

The Bruins fell to 0-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while Tuukka Rask‘€™s lifetime record against the Habs fell to 3-12-3.

The Canadiens are a problem for the Bruins anyway, but without their top players — Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, among others — a tough matchup becomes a lot tougher.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday night:

PATRICE BERGERON HAS NOT HAD FUN AGAINST THE CANADIENS THIS SEASON

None of the Bruins have been particularly successful against the Habs this season, but Patrice Bergeron usually doesn’€™t struggle against anyone. This season, however, the Habs have gotten the better of the two-time Selke winner.

Bergeron lost a faceoff cleanly to Tomas Plekanec during a first-period penalty kill, with Brendan Gallagher knocking the puck back to the point, where Andrei Markov fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat Tuukka Rask to get the Habs on the board. Bergeron took a pair of penalties, the first of which came in the second period during a prolonged Habs stay in the Boston zone when, playing without a stick, he covered the puck with his glove just before knocking it out of the zone. He also took a slashing penalty in the third period.

Remember, Bergeron was a minus-1 in the teams’€™ first meeting this season and was on the ice for three even-strength goals against last Thursday in Montreal. He has no points against the Habs in three meetings this season.

CHRIS KELLY IS HURTING

When the Bruins made their string of callups, one could easily lose track of all of the Bruins’€™ injury-related question marks on offense ‘€” David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic ‘€” but Chris Kelly‘€™s absence was a bit of a surprise when the B’€™s took the ice for warmups.

Kelly played regular shifts throughout Friday’€™s win over the Blue Jackets, with his absence in overtime appearing to be a product of the B’€™s opting for better offensive players by playing Lucic in his place in overtime. He had not missed a game all season, as he his season had gotten off to a generally good start after a back injury forced him to miss all of last postseason.

The loss added to the very interesting stat of how the Bruins have fared with and without Chris Kelly in the lineup in the regular season over the past three seasons. The B’€™s are now 73-27-12 with Kelly in the lineup and 22-16-3 without him.

DAVID KREJCI AND BRAD MARCHAND STILL ARE, TOO

Krejci missed his second consecutive game and 11th game of the season, while Brad Marchand was listed as being on injured reserve Saturday. That designation doesn’€™t allow a player to dress in a game for at least seven days, so the fact that Marchand had played last Saturday meant that even if he was placed on IR retroactively, he was no edible to play Saturday night.

With three of their regular forwards out, three of Boston’€™s lines had new looks Saturday night. The Bruins’€™ lineup was as follows Saturday:

Smith – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Fraser

Seidenberg – Miller
Morrow – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Krug

EVEN CARL SODERBERG MAKES MISTAKES

Jason Spezza re-upping with the Stars meant that Carl Soderberg could very well be the top free agent center on the market this summer should he reach free agency.

Soderberg has gotten off to a very steady start to the season, but a lapse in judgement in the offensive zone burned the Bruins in the second period. With his entire line going to the net, Soderberg took a pass from Loui Eriksson in the offensive zone and had both space to skate and a shot to skate, but he tried to force a pass to Milan Lucic that was easily picked off and taken the other way by the Habs, resulting in an odd-man rush and a Tomas Plekanec goal.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand out vs. Habs; Bruins recall Matt Lindblad, Jordan Caron, send Zach Trotman to Providence 11.22.14 at 6:00 pm ET
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Matt Lindblad

Matt Lindblad

Both David Krejci and Brad Marchand are out for Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens. Tuukka Rask will start in goal.

Marchand is listed as being on injured reserve by the Bruins. He has not played since last Saturday, which means he cannot play Saturday against the Canadiens but would be eligible to play again as soon as Monday’s meeting against the Penguins.

Krejci, meanwhile, will miss his 11th game of the season. He has been in and out of Boston’s lineup due to lower-body injuries.

To accommodate for the absences in their lineup, the Bruins recalled forwards Matt Lindblad and Jordan Caron Saturday and returned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence.

Lindblad said Saturday afternoon that he was recalled because the Bruins had multiple game-time decisions at forward.

Capable of playing center or left wing, Lindblad could be an injury replacement for either Krejci, Milan Lucic or Marchand. Lucic was bloodied pretty badly after taking a punch to the face from Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout.

Caron has played one game for Boston, logging 8:05 in the team’s Oct. 13 loss to the Avalanche.

Trotman being returned to Providence leaves the Bruins with just six healthy defenseman, indicating that Dougie Hamilton will be able to play Saturday.

Hamilton did not play the last 9:24 of regulation Friday and missed all of overtime. Claude Julien had said Wednesday that the defenseman was under the weather. Julien said Saturday that Hamilton was healthy on Friday when he was benched.

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Dale Weise still a key part of Bruins-Canadiens rivalry 11.22.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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Dale Weise raises his game when he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Dale Weise raises his game whenever he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

When the Bruins and Habs met for the first time this season last month, Dale Weise was a healthy scratch. After his performance against the B’€™s last week, the Canadiens probably won’€™t make that mistake again.

Weise is very much an important part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry, and the pesky winger proved it again last Thursday with a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Bruins.

As the Canadiens return to Boston for the first time since Milan Lucic reportedly threatened him in the post-Game 7 handshake line, Weise is eager to provide more reminders as to why he’€™s joined P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty as Canadiens players the Bruins and their fans love to hate.

“That’€™s fine with me,” Weise said after Saturday’€™s morning skate. “I think any time I can take guys off their game, I’€™m doing my job. I don’€™t mind being the enemy.”

Weise, who first popped up on the Bruins’€™ radar with the Canucks back in 2012 and was traded to the Habs last season before notching three points in Montreal’€™s series win over Boston, was scratched three times early on this season.

Those days could be over thanks to a point-producing run that began against the B’s. Weise’s second-period goal against the Bruins last week, scored on a penalty shot vs. Niklas Svedberg, was his first goal of the season, but he scored two more the next game against the Flyers and has added another since.

Weise now has five points (four goals, one assist) dating back to last Thursday’€™s game against the Bruin€™s. The 26-year-old is well on his way to surpassing his career-high of six goals set last regular season.

“I think he’€™s a guy who competes hard and wants to do well, and at the end of the day he’€™s great teammate and a great guy,” P.K. Subban said. “You always want to see guys like that do well.

“For him, he’€™s worked very hard for his opportunity to play. He’€™s been an integral part of our run last year in terms of where we went, and he’€™s definitely been a big part of our success this year. For a guy like him, he’€™s helped our team since he’€™s been here.”

Weise, who scored the first goal of Montreal’s series-clinching Game 7 last spring, said he still considers the Garden to be a very difficult building in which to play. He is, however, confident when he does play in Boston given his past success against the B’s. The Canadiens feel they’re better off for it.

“That’€™s the way to make a name for yourself,” Subban said. “For him, I don’€™t think it’€™s so much for him wanting to be in the lineup. I think he cares about his teammates and he wants to see the team do well and he wants to be a part of things. That being said, if you have the right attitude and the right drive, I’€™m not surprised at the success he’€™s had.”

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