Caron's Providence trip nothing more than tune-up

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Caron's Providence trip nothing more than tune-up

WILMINGTON Jordan Carons quick one-day trip to the Providence Bruins to play in an AHL game Sunday night caused an unexpected ruffling of rumors on the internet about trades and roster moves, but all of that was incredibly overblown speculation for what it actually was.

The simple, kinda boring truth: Caron hadnt played much lately and Sunday proved to be a good opportunity to get some game action in for the winger while he serves in Boston as the 13th forward. Caron skated with Zach Hamill and Carter Camper in Providence and notched an assist while playing power play, penalty kill and all other situations hes missed out on in Boston.

I think its a good thing. I didnt play the last two games here, so it was good to play in all situations, power play, PK and all of that stuff, said Caron. I felt confident out there and I felt fresh. I wasnt used to getting that ice time, but my legs felt pretty good and thats a good sign.

It never hurts. It cant be bad to go down there and play every once in a while. Just practicing with the guys the pace is higher here, but the biggest thing I have to work on his skating. Being here with these guys helps me in that area.

With the Bs Caron is averaging slightly more than nine minutes per game, is sitting at a minus-2 and has only leveled a pair of shots on net in four games that have been pretty invisible in the early going. Meanwhile Benoit Pouliot has made some mistakes for the Bruins that have landed him in the penalty box, but the former Habs winger is also drawing some penalties and making aggressive mistakes.

The 20-year-old Caron said it helped to knock a little rust off Sunday night, and its helping him focus on this weekends home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens thats starting up Thursday night. Its an option that the Bs might use for several spare players should they go any significant length of time without getting into any NHL games.

Its an advantage that we have to send players that need to play, so they dont get stale here, said Claude Julien. Thats good because we have several players that we have the option and opportunity to send to Providence as were moving forward here.

It remains to be seen if the quick trip to the P-Bruins will help Caron the next time he gets into the Bruins lineup, but at least the effort is there to keep the former first round pick sharp when his No. 38 gets called again.

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.