Bruins preparing for 'all scenarios' in final games

Bruins preparing for 'all scenarios' in final games
April 1, 2014, 6:30 pm
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WILMINGTON – The Bruins will bring their entire contingent of players with them on the road trip to Detroit and Toronto over the next couple of days, but that didn’t stop them from bringing up Ryan Spooner on emergency recall from Providence. Most of the Olympic players (Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson) were held off the ice on Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and Krejci is dealing with a sore throat.

So between Krejci’s illness symptoms and Carl Soderberg’s wife about to give birth at any moment, the Bruins wanted to bring Spooner with them on the road in case he’s needed at a moment’s notice. But it doesn’t sound like the Bruins are ready to keep any of their players out of the lineup just yet with seven games still remaining on the regular season schedule.

“Everybody is going on the trip. We’re not there yet,” said Claude Julien. “There is rest for everybody, especially the guys that played in the Olympics. We were encouraging rest for them, and we said we’d be doing that when we got back. Carl Soderberg is on the bubble [to play] with his personal issue with his wife, so if he had to leave quickly we want to make sure we don’t get caught short up front.

“We’ve talked a lot about different things. You talk about why Spooner is up, and Krejci has been dealing with a sore throat too, so if he’s not ready to go we can use [Spooner]. Those kinds of things are going to happen whether it’s by design, or by accident. We’re ready for all kinds of scenarios.

Also, just in case anybody was wondering, the Bruins made clear their priority list with a three-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for the NHL’s best record, and a potential President’s Trophy on the line.

“The No. 1 importance of all of this is that our guys are fresh, and ready to go for the playoffs. No. 2 is hopefully being at the top of the league,” said Julien. “But at the end of the day, I don’t think we’re going to flip those [priorities] because nobody cares about the President’s Trophy if you don’t finish it the right way.”

One would anticipate the Bruins will start resting some of their keys starting with the next few games, and that means workhorses like Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson and David Krejci getting a day off at some point over the next two weeks. Perhaps that begins as soon as Wednesday night against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in a potential first round preview, or more likely Thursday night against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that has a fork already sticking in them at the Air Canada Centre.