Caron out for Anaheim, Florek gets second straight start

Caron out for Anaheim, Florek gets second straight start
January 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
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It looks like it will be two games in a row out of the Bruins lineup for Jordan Caron, the 23-year-old winger that will miss his second straight game with a stiff back. Caron wasn’t on the practice ice at Honda Arena on Monday afternoon following the team’s flight to California, and Claude Julien told reporters following practice that it was likely Justin Florek would play his second straight game in place of Caron.

Caron has only one point on the season, and that was a goal all the way back on Oct. 10. Since then he’s gone 21 straight games without a point, and has really struggled to make any kind of impact while getting a golden chance to show his stuff during the 15-game suspension for Shawn Thornton.

The stiff back is just the latest setback in what’s rapidly looking like Caron’s final season with the Bruins given the lack of production, and the real challenge finding an identity for the 2009 first round draft pick.

In his place Florek looked very good last weekend in a win over the Winnipeg Jets. He didn’t finish with any points, but looked difficult to play against throwing a heavy fore-check and setting the screen on Ondrej Pavelec that helped aid the first of Torey Krug’s two goals in the game.