|Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) skates by himself again, won’t play Wednesday||09.29.15 at 11:51 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara skated by himself prior to Tuesday’s practice, marking the second straight day the B’s captain has taken the ice since suffering an upper-body injury last week.
Chara did not stay out for Boston’s practice. Claude Julien said following the practice that Chara will not play Wednesday night against the Rangers, though the 38-year-old defenseman could soon start practicing. The B’s are not ruling out the possibility of Chara potentially playing in Friday’s preseason finale against the Capitals.
Julien also revealed Jonas Gustavsson will play the entire game Wednesday as the team continues to figure out its potential backup goalie situation. The only goaltenders left on Boston’s roster are Gustavsson (still on a professional tryout), Tuukka Rask and Jeremy Smith.
Also absent from Tuesday’s practice were defenseman Linus Arnesson and forwards Frank Vatrano and Austin Czarnik. It’s possible that the Bruins may have made cuts Tuesday morning.
David Krejci was back with the bulk of his teammates after skating in Monday’s smaller session. He skated with Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak, while Brett Connolly was back on his line with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes after sitting for Monday’s preseason game.
The following players took the ice for Tuesday’s practice:
Forwards: Connolly, Ferlin, Randell, Kemppainen, Blidh, Talbot, Hayes, Marchand, Spooner, Beleskey, Rinaldo, Bergeron, Khokhlachev, Eriksson, Kelly, Pastrnak, Krejci, Kelly
Defense: Kevan Miller, Irwin, Trotman, Krug, Colin Miller, Morrow, McQuaid, Cross
Goalies: Rask, Gustavsson, Smith
|Observations from Bruins’ preseason loss to Red Wings||09.28.15 at 9:28 pm ET|
Jimmy Howard lost his shutout bid in the final minute of Monday night’s preseason contest as the Red Wings earned a 3-1 win over the Bruins at TD Garden. Here are some quick observations from the preseason contest:
— Tuukka Rask made his first start of the preseason. After coming up with an impressive kick save on Drew Miller and stopping him again point blank in the second period, Miller finally cashed in on one of his chances when he fired a shot from the right circle past Rask at 7:11 of the second.
Rask didn’t get much help from the guys in front of him on Detroit’s second goal. After getting burned by Tomas Jurco, Linus Arnesson took a hack at Jurco but did not deter the Red Wings forward from scoring on the delayed penalty call. The Wings went up 3-0 in the third on a Andreas Athanosiou wrist shot from the point.
Rask finished the game with 21 saves on 23 shots.
— Loui Eriksson scored Boston’s only goal, with Loui Eriksson picking up a rebound in front off a Torey Krug point shot during 6-on-5 play and jamming it past Howard. It was a good finish to the game for his line with Patrice Bergeron and Marchand after the trio struggled to stay onside early in the contest.
— The B’s survived an injury scare late in the second period. After leaving the ice slowly and in pain, Brad Marchand could be seen grabbing his right thigh area as he remained on the bench for the final 5:38 of the period. Fortunately for the Bruins, Marchand was back on the ice to start the third period.
— David Pastrnak may have taken an uncalled stick to the face late in the third period. Pastrnak dropped his stick and left the ice holding his mouth after Brian Lashoff’s stick apparently got him with a little more than four minutes remaining.
– David Krejci was not in Monday’s lineup, Matt Beleskey and Pastrnak were centered by Austin Czarnik. The line wasn’t anything special, though it did draw a pair of penalties.
Pastrnak sprung Beleskey for a breakaway, but the puck was just out of his reach and Jimmy came out of his net to minimize the threat.
|Tuukka Rask to get first preseason action, David Krejci returns to practice||09.28.15 at 1:01 pm ET|
Tuukka Rask will see his first preseason action Monday night, as he is expected to play the entire time as the Bruins host the Red Wings.
Speaking after Monday’s practice, Rask said he doesn’t mind having sat out the Bruins’ first four games of the preseason, as he’s as invested in seeing who wins the backup job as anyone.
“I’ve been fine. I’m sure I could have had a game or half a game if I really wanted to,” Rask said. “We figured that I’ll play my games this week and carry it over to next week.”
Jonas Gustavsson will back up Rask on Monday. Still on a professional tryout, he is back with the team after leaving to attend the birth of his first child. Gustavsson, Rask and Jeremy Smith are the only goalies left in camp after the B’s sent Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre to Providence Sunday.
The projected lineup for Monday’s game is as follows:
David Krejci, who was given Sunday off, practiced with the second group Monday. Among the others to skate with the second group were Adam McQuaid, Zac Rinaldo and Brett Connolly. Word is that practice was particularly taxing, as one player was overheard saying it with the toughest of camp so far.
|Dennis Seidenberg still not sure how injury occurred||09.28.15 at 11:56 am ET|
Coming off last week’s surgery to repair a herniated disc, Dennis Seidenberg is walking around just fine. He is far from playing hockey, however.
Speaking to the media for the first time since having a 45-minute procedure Thursday, Seidenberg said on Monday that he has to wait two weeks for his incision to heal before meeting with a doctor. In the meantime, he won’t do anything but go for walks.
The Bruins said upon announcing Seidenberg’s surgery and eight-week absence that the player suffered a back injury while working out. Seidenberg’s version of the story disagrees with the Bruins’ message, as he stressed Monday that he does not know what caused it.
“I wish [I knew],” he said. “Usually when something like this happens, you’re like, ‘Oh my god,’ doing a movement or exercising somehow, but I woke up that morning — that was, I think, Monday [Sept. 14] — just feeling that nerve pain.
“I had a feeling in the back of my leg, and then eventually shooting down my calf. I notified the staff. I went to see a doctor and got an MRI first that showed nerves being pinched – L5-S1.
“From then on, the doctor said, ‘OK. We’re going to wait a week and see if it goes away by itself.’ Sometimes that happens with an extruded disc. It didn’t, so we went on to do the surgery.”
Seidenberg added that he felt more discomfort than pain.
“I didn’t have any pain,” he said. “I just had — not a numbness, but my calf wasn’t firing. I couldn’t push off. After surgery, I was walking the same day.”
The 34-year-old’s injury (and subsequent procedure) is similar to what Chris Kelly had at the end of the 2013-14 regular season. Seidenberg noted that his recovery is expected to be cleaner than Kelly’s was because he had his surgery earlier, thus avoiding atrophy. Kelly didn’t have surgery until six weeks after his injury, while Seidenberg got his done after two and a half weeks.
“We kind of nipped it in the bud pretty quickly,” Seidenberg said. “Hopefully that helps in the recovery.”
Seidenberg lamented the timing of his injury, as he was hoping to solidify a defense that needs steady top-four defensemen badly. He hopes he can still do that when he eventually returns.
“Eight weeks is still pretty long,” he said. “Missing any time is not good, but it’s the start of the season. Hopefully I’ll get to play a good amount of games and be good.”
|Zdeno Chara progressing, skates prior to Bruins practice||09.28.15 at 9:57 am ET|
Chara, who left Thursday night’s preseason game with an upper-body injury after three shifts, was given the weekend off by the Bruins. Claude Julien said Saturday that the team’s plan was to re-evaluate him on Monday. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Chara skated for over half an hour.
Julien said that Chara will not play in Monday night’s preseason game against the Red Wings, but that the team is encouraged by his progress.
“We’ve kept it day-to-day because he’s progressing,” Julien said. “Obviously [he won’t play] tonight. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes here. Like anything else, we’re going to be more cautious than anything.”
The fact that Chara is skating now is reason to believe his injury isn’t serious to keep him out of regular-season action, though his status will obviously be monitored going forward.
|Bruins roster projection: Which forward is odd man out?||09.27.15 at 11:19 pm ET|
With another round of cuts in the books, here’s a (still somewhat early) roster projection for the Bruins:
Forwards (13): Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Zac Rinaldo, Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, Brett Connolly, Max Talbot, Joonas Kemppainen
Boston’s top nine forwards (in no particular order/alignment) are already locked in. It’s the fourth line and 13th forward where things get tricky.
A line of Chris Kelly between Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot could potentially be infuriating to play against (Kelly gets under his opponents’ skin enough to draw a good number of undisciplined penalties, Talbot is a pest and Rinaldo is Rinaldo), but it would lack skill. The B’s could try Alexander Khokhlachev on the fourth line to remedy that, but that likely wouldn’t happen unless the B’s were to trade Kelly, who is due $3 million against the cap.
Given what a tough time veteran forwards had finding jobs this summer, the guess is the Bruins would have difficulty trading the 34-year-old center this time of year even if they wanted to.
As such, assume for now that Kelly isn’t going anywhere and that Khokhlachev is the odd man out. Kelly and Talbot provide upgrades over Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, so the B’s should hope to ice a better fourth line than they had last season.
Pushing for a job, however, is Kemppainen, a defensive forward who comes to the NHL as a 27-year-old after playing his entire professional career in Finland. To this point, Kemppainen has been put on lines this preseason with Rinaldo and Talbot more than Kelly has. That could simply be because the Bruins feel they already know what they have in Kelly, though giving him some reps with Rinaldo couldn’t hurt.
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|Bruins send Malcolm Subban, Zane McIntyre to Providence, return early draft picks to junior clubs||09.27.15 at 3:15 pm ET|
The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.
Also sent to Providence were Noel Acciari, Chris Breen, Anthony Camara, Brandon DeFazio, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre and Ben Sexton. The B’s sent first-round picks Jakub Zboril (Saint John of the QMJHL) and Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current of the WHL), as well as second-rounder (Tri-City of the WHL) back to their junior teams. Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn was sent back to his OHL club (Sault Ste. Marie) earlier in the week.
Free agent defenseman Ben Youds was released from camp and will attend Providence’s training camp.
Though McIntyre and Subban could still be brought back up (a la Ryan Spooner last training camp), it would appear that Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson are now the finalists to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup.