|Taylor Hall hopes history of keeping Tyler Seguin quiet repeats itself||11.10.11 at 12:52 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin doesn’t remember whether he was matched up with Taylor Hall a lot in juniors, but Hall certainly remembers Seguin. When asked the same question Seguin couldn’t answer a day earlier, Hall said he learned enough from playing against Seguin in the OHL that he has an idea of how to silence the Bruins’ leading scorer.
“I’ve played against him a lot in the playoffs. Over the last few years of my junior career, I played against him probably 20 times, so I kind of know what he’s all about,” Hall said Thursday.
Hall’s Windsor Spitfires swept Seguin’s Plymouth Whalers in the playoffs in 2010, a series in which Hall — whose line was out there against Seguin’s — kept Seguin from registering a point, while Hall picked up eight points in the four-game series.
Now, the tables are turned quite a bit. It’s Seguin who’s doing better statistically (15 points for Seguin compared to Hall’s nine), and while the Oilers boast the far superior record of 9-3-1, Seguin is the one playing on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
For that reason, Hall’s line with fellow young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle might have a trickier time keeping Seguin off the score sheet. Even so, Hall hopes to draw from experience as he tries to silence the line he figures to see plenty of Thursday night.
“We had to play him really hard,” Hall said of Seguin. “We couldn’t give him a lot of time with the puck especially. Tonight — his line’s playing great, with [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron — we’re going to try to limit their time and try to play in their end and make them come 200 feet to score on us.”
|It appears B’s are sticking with Tuukka Rask against Oilers||11.10.11 at 11:43 am ET|
To the surprise of no one, Bruins forward Daniel Paille is officially out for Thursday night’s game against the Oilers. Paille had surgery Wednesday after getting hit in the face with a slapshot from Steve Staios in Monday’s game against the Islanders. Benoit Pouliot will play on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton in Paille’s place.
Rich Peverley, meanwhile, is a game-time decision. Peverley participated in the morning skate at TD Garden, but so did emergency call-up Zach Hamill. If Peverley, who missed Monday’s game with an undisclosed injury, is unable to play Thursday, Hamill will skate on the on the third line in his place.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate, an indication that the B’s might be giving the young netminder his second consecutive start. Rask picked up his first win of the season Monday. That would also mean two straight games on the bench for Tim Thomas, who picked up a shutout in his last start Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
|Bruins recall Zach Hamill||11.09.11 at 5:58 pm ET|
The Bruins have recalled Zach Hamill from Providence on an emergency basis. He’ll be there for Thursday’s morning skate and could play against the Oilers Thursday night.
This move serves as insurance in case Rich Peverley is unable to play. Peverley missed Monday’s game, but returned to practice Wednesday and is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. With Daniel Paille likely out due surgery on his broken nose, Benoit Pouliot already figures to be in the lineup.
Hamill, the eighth overall pick in 2007, has five goals and 10 assists in 14 games for Providence this season. He played three games for the B’s last season and had one assist. In his career, he has played four games for the big club and has two points (both assists) in the NHL.
|Rich Peverley returns to Bruins practice, Daniel Paille doubtful vs. Oilers||11.09.11 at 12:18 pm ET|
Rich Peverley was back at Bruins practice Wednesday at TD Garden, taking the ice after missing Monday’s game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury. Peverley wore a gray sweater and practiced on his usual line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.
“I feel good,” Peverley said after the practice. “Day-to-day, but it feels good.”
Peverley had missed the team’s three previous practices dating back to last week, though he did play Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Peverley said he felt “OK,” against the Leafs and that it was “better to hold off.” He said that he feels he has a better chance of getting into Thursday’s game, though he remains day-to-day.
“I can’t really give you an update, but just by watching him, he looked OK,” Claude Julien said after practice. “We’ll find out more and see whether he’s an available player for tomorrow.”
With Daniel Paille having surgery for his broken nose Wednesday, Benoit Pouliot skated in his place on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. According to Claude Julien, Thornton told Pouliot “he got a promotion.”
Paille is considered doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Oilers, so expect Pouliot to skate on the Merlot line. Julien said Paille will be considered day-to-day after Thursday. Here’s a look at the lines:
Jordan Caron – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
|Daniel Paille has broken nose, will have surgery||11.08.11 at 6:32 pm ET|
Daniel Paille was seemingly the only Bruin to not have a good night Monday, but it appears he will be okay after getting hit in the face with a slapshot during Monday’s 6-2 win over the Islanders. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Tuesday regarding Paille:
“Daniel Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations after the injury he sustained in our game Monday night. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury. Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day.”
Paille was attempting to block a shot from Islanders defenseman Steve Staios in the third period, but was hit in the face by the puck. He remained down on the ice before leaving under his own power. He did not return to the game.
|Marc Savard says he’s still having memory loss issues||11.08.11 at 1:09 pm ET|
Marc Savard is using Twitter to do more than correctly predict the future. On Tuesday, the day after it became well-known that the 34-year-old was on Twitter, Savard, who will miss the entire season and possibly beyond with post-concussion syndrome, provided an update on his health. He tweeted the following on Tuesday morning:
“Headaches are normal part of life know but memory still the scariest thing but really enjoying life and still not able to workout.”
Memory loss issues were something Savard pointed to as particularly worrisome the day of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup parade, the last time he has spoken to the Boston media.
|Daniel Paille to see specialist after taking puck to face||11.07.11 at 10:35 pm ET|
While the Bruins had plenty of fun in their 6-2 victory over the Islanders, they also had a very scary moment in the third period when a slap shot from New York defenseman Steve Staios hit Daniel Paille in the face, leaving a pool of blood and ending the forward’s night.
After the game, Claude Julien offered little update on Paille.
“He’s going to be seen by a specialist tonight,” Julien said. Obviously a puck hit him in the face, and in the nose area. We’ll probably know more tomorrow, once he’s seen by a specialist.”
Upon getting hit with the puck, Paille remained down on the ice by the blue line and was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro. He left the ice under his own power, but left a puddle of blood where he landed. Stick-tap to twitter follower tkeays for tweeting a picture of Paille’s bloodied helmet our way. It isn’t pretty.