The Bruins have been banged around with injuries over the last few games, and they made a second round of recalls from their AHL farm team on Monday.
The Bruins called up rookie Ryan Spooner from the Providence Bruins on emergency recall and the 21-year-old will make the trip to Montreal for Wednesday nights game at the Bell Centre. The Spooner recall is a sign that either Brad Marchand or Daniel Paille and perhaps both wont be sufficiently recovered from their injuries to face the Habs in a divisional showdown in Montreal.
Claude Julien said earlier following practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena that his coaching staff has full confidence in the players that Boston has been pulling up from Providence this season. Spooner was one of a handful of players invited to the week-long NHL camp in January before the Bruins kicked off their regular season schedule.
When you see what the Providence players can do and the confidence you have in them, it was very helpful during the lockout to assess those players and see what they can do, said Julien. There are a few more down there from training camp that could be here and wed have a lot of confidence in them. Give the Providence coaching staff down there a lot of credit for making sure these guys are ready when they come up here.
Spooner shouldnt be any different from other P-Bruins players that have fared well after posting 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games for the Providence this season along with a plus-12. Spooner holds the kind of offensive skills and playmaking abilities that could mesh nicely with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.
It remains to be seen if the Bruins leave Campbell skating on the left wing with Bergeron and Seguin, or if they insert Spooner right into that position on a line Boston needs for offensive production.
Its clear Julien is playing mix-and-match with the Bs line combinations two weeks into the season as attrition starts to catch up to Boston.