|Morning skate notes: James Reimer starting for Leafs||12.03.11 at 11:42 am ET|
The Bruins got back on the ice Saturday morning in anticipation for the second game of a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs. Boston currently leads Toronto by one point in the Northeast division after Wednesday’s 6-3 victory at Air Canada Centre.
All of the regulars were on the ice for the Bruins Saturday morning, with the exception of defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Jordan Caron. Both players were sent to Providence Wednesday so they could get some game action, and both players played in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Connecticut Whale. Caron had an assist, while Kampfer went without a point and had an even rating.
One are that remains a bit of a question mark for Saturday is the Leafs’ goaltending situation. Jonas Gustavsson is slated to be the starter, but No. 1 netminder James Reimer has been cleared to play.
[UPDATE: 12:32 pm] Both Reimer and coach Ron Wilson told reporters that it will indeed be Reimer in net. The Leafs have not lost a game in regulation this season with Reimer in net (4-0-1).
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|Jordan Caron: One-day Providence stint ‘a good time’||10.24.11 at 1:16 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron‘s goal entering training camp this season was to not only make the team, as he had the year before, but to stay in Boston for good. On Sunday, that goal took a hit, but not at the expense of any time with the big club.
With the Bruins off, Caron was sent to Providence for the day on Sunday in order to get him some game action after being a healthy scratch for the last two games. Caron skated on a line with Zach Hamill and Carter Camper as the Baby B’s fell to Albany in overtime, but the 2009 first-round pick notched an assist on a Hamill goal. He also got more playing time than he’d been having after averaging 9:04 of ice time in four contests for Boston this season, and was recalled and back to Wilmington in time for Monday’s practice.
“It was great. I felt confident out there. I felt fresh,” Caron said Monday after the big club’s practice. “I wasn’t used to getting that much ice time, but I think it went pretty good. My legs were good, so that was a good time.”
Caron didn’t express any disappointment in being sent down, either. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told him after Saturday’s loss to the Sharks, his second straight game of being a healthy scratch, that they’d be sending him down, but only for the day.
“It doesn’t hurt,” Caron said of being sent down. “I didn’t play the last two games, so I think it can’t be bad to go down there and play once in a while. I think it was good for me.”
B’s coach Claude Julien watched Caron’s performance, and like Caron, saw the good in the youngster being able to get more time.
“I think it’s move your feet and go out there and play,” Julien said Monday. “Yesterday when he did play, he got better as the game went on. In the first period, he was trying to get his legs underneath him. The second and third, he just got better and better. It just goes to show that playing sometimes is a good thing for you.”
Caron has no points and a minus-2 rating in four games with the Bruins this season.
|Jordan Caron back up, practicing with Bruins||at 10:50 am ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence on Monday, one day after sending him to the AHL. Caron, who had been a healthy scratch in the Bruins’ last two games since the return of David Krejci, registered an assist in Sunday against Albany.
Krejci was with the B’s as they took the ice for practice Monday, skating as the fourth member of Krejci’s line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.
|Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot? Pt. 2||10.08.11 at 11:50 am ET|
Might there be a slight change made to the Bruins’ lineup Saturday?
Winger Jordan Caron stayed out on the ice a little longer than Benoit Pouliot in Saturday’s morning skate, taking some extra skating in what could be an indication that he may be the healthy scratch vs. the Lightning. There’s both a “could” and a “may” in that sentence just to illustrate how tough it is to tell.
If Caron does sit, Pouliot would make his Bruins debut. One would think that whichever of the two played the first game (Caron) would get a few games to prove himself, and it would be surprising to see changes made based on losing a one-goal game to a good team on a night in which the B’s had obvious distractions.
Said Claude Julien after the skate: “I don’t think I would make any changes based on the result of the game and the way it was played. I don’t think I would ever do that. I didn’t think we played well as a team, but that’s about where I’ll leave it.”
That’s pretty cryptic, but it may suggest that if Julien makes a change, it was one he had planned on doing anyway, perhaps as a way to give both Caron and Pouliot ice time in the first two games.
Caron himself says didn’t know until just before the ceremonies Thursday that he was playing vs. the Flyers. Skating on a line with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin, Caron registered no shots on goal in 10:20 of ice time.
“It wasn’t my best game, but overall I thought it went pretty good,” he said Saturday. “We did some good stuff, and I did some good stuff defensively. I had a few chances offensively, Segs had a few good chances. It was an OK game overall.”
Even if Caron does play Thursday, one would imagine that with the third line being the only to carry an extra guy in practice, he and Pouliot are in a close competition for ice time. Considering Caron was in a similar situation last year entering the season with Daniel Paille, he doesn’t mind it.
“I think it’s good in a certain way,” Caron said. “It pushes you even harder. You can’t take a day off in practice. You always have to go 100 percent. I think it’s a good battle.”
|Questions remain regarding statuses of Adam McQuaid, Jordan Caron, Benoit Pouliot||10.06.11 at 12:21 pm ET|
Adam McQuaid participated in the Bruins’ morning skate Thursday, taking the ice for the first time since Tuesday. The second-year defenseman had been under the weather, causing him to leave Tuesday’s practice early and miss Wednesday’s altogether.
Claude Julien expressed some optimism after the skate but said the Bruins will make a decision “closer to the game” regarding whether McQuaid will play. If McQuaid can’t go, Matt Bartkowski will play in his place.
Then there’s the question of who will be the healthy scratch among forwards. One would imagine it would be down to third-line wingers Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot. Julien did not reveal who would end up watching from the press, saying “we told everybody to be ready for tonight.”
Just a hunch, but the feeling here is that the Bruins pull a bit of a surprise and make Pouliot the scratch.
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