WILMINGTON, Mass. Gregory Campbell has been obscured by the giant shadow of Zdeno Charas lower body injury, but the fourth line center is also questionable for tomorrow night's game with a foot injury.
Campbell was limping noticeably after the victory over Columbus, and had his foot placed in a walking boot Monday after he blocked a shot while killing a penalty in the comeback victory. Campbell and Chara were both absent from Bs practice at Ristuccia Arena, and Daniel Paille (mild concussion) returned to the practice ice to center a fourth line between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron.
He took a shot off the foot the other night, so hes a guy that I would label as questionable for tomorrow, said Julien of a home game against the Los Angeles Kings. He certainly didnt feel very good today, but hes a tough individual. Hes in a walking boot right now and hes limping. Hes had treatments here this morning, so I dont know what the final verdict is on him yet.
The Bs coach said the organization will likely be discussing it on Tuesday morning with Campbell limping around and Paille still yet to face any contact after suffering a head injury against the Florida Panthers last week. Trent Whitfield, Zach Hamill and Jamie Arniel all have previous experience if called upon by the Bs for an emergency start, and center Craig Cunningham has actually been playing the best hockey of his pro career recently.
So theres a wealth of players to choose from if Campbell cant answer the bell on Tuesday night.
Thats something well probably look at later today or tomorrow morning. If need be, well be calling somebody up, said Julien.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.
*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.
*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?
*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.
*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.
*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.
*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.
*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- There were both expected and unexpected absences from Bruins morning skate on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s game at TD Garden against the Florida Panthers. Matt Beleskey was the expected absence after getting knocked out of Saturday’s game with a lower body injury caused by a Tyler Fedun check to his right leg, and Torey Krug was also missing from the ice after pulling workhorse duty over the last handful of games in the absence of Zdeno Chara.
Following practice Claude Julien confirmed that Chara was “probable” to return for tonight’s game vs. the Florida Panthers after missing the last six games, and that Krug is expected to play after succumbing to the same illness that felled Patrice Bergeron over the weekend. Beleskey was being checked by doctors on Monday, and it sounds like his absence might be a bit longer term than simply a “day-to-day” lower body injury.
Noel Acciari took part in practice, and it appears they both could be closing in on a return to the lineup. Frank Vatrano also shot the puck around a bit at the very beginning of Monday’s skate, but came off the ice as the team began their preparations for tonight’s game.
Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings vs. Florida based on the morning skate with Beleskey and Krug both absent:
K. Miller-C. Miller