WILMINGTON -- The Bruins have recalled Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis, and the skilled, speedy center will arrive in Boston in time to practice with the Black and Gold. Spooner had 11 assists and a minus-1 rating in a 22-game stint with the Bruins earlier this season amid a raft of injuries to the roster, and showed both his considerable skill level and the need for a higher strength level to handle the rigors of everyday life in the NHL.
The end of Spooner’s stint with Boston saw him suffer through an illness that caused him to lose 10 pounds
There weren’t any major injuries to the Bruins over the weekend against the Capitals and Flyers, and a source indicated to CSNNE.com that a few players are “feeling under the weather” after finishing off 17 games in the 31 days of March. It stands to reason that a few Bruins players will be held back from the road trip headed through Detroit and Toronto this week with seven games left on the schedule. Spooner was wearing a gold practice jersey centering a line with Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith, and there was no sign of Patrice Bergeron at Tuesday’s practice.
Milan Lucic was also wearing a gold jersey along with Marchand, Smith and Spooner in a departure from his usual white top line practice sweater.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said last weekend that the Bruins would start resting some of their players this week once they returned from Philadelphia, and the moves would also give them a chance to get some of the potential Black Aces some pre-playoff work as well. It was an optional practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia with Bergeron, David Krejci, Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara all skipping the on-ice portion of practice.
Here were the lines and defensive combos today at practice: