BOSTON -- The Bruins skipped the skate portion of their morning skate proceedings, and instead opted for dry-land workouts and a spirited game of soccer in the hallway outside the Bruins dressing room. It was a reminder that the game of hockey is supposed to be fun at the end of the day, even for a Bruins hockey club that’s lost four of their last five games while sitting in the middle of the Atlantic Division pack.
“We’re not making good decisions out there, and we’re not getting the results we want,” said coach Claude Julien. “It’s a term you use all the time . . . when you get tired of losing, you do something about it. It’s one of those situations where you keep working hard at rectifying your game, and it’s an opportunity to show we’ve made some progress.”
Tuukka Rask is expected to be in goal for the Bruins against the Florida Panthers, and former goaltender Tim Thomas exercised his right to skip speaking with the media after working an optional skate for the Panthers. Thomas is on injured reserve with a balky groin, but is expected to return as soon as this weekend.
Otherwise, there aren’t expected to be any major lineup changes for a Bruins team that’s simply not playing good hockey as of late.
“We have a character team. Right now we need to find that back. I think everyone knows it, and the last several games that we’ve had, we’re not satisfied with it,” said Daniel Paille. “I think everyone has kind of had enough, and we need to show that tonight.”
Here are the expected line combinations and D-pairings based on Wednesday’s practice: