Julien 'very hopeful' Seidenberg will play vs. Rangers


Julien 'very hopeful' Seidenberg will play vs. Rangers

It was a little eyebrow-raising to hear that Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had been scratched for Monday afternoons game against the Winnipeg Jets with a lower body injury. All is well thats ends well as the Bruins reconfigured their defensemen pairings most notably putting Dougie Hamilton together with Zdeno Chara and put together a competent defensive effort to take a 2-1 shootout win over the Jets at TD Garden.

It was even better news following the matinee when Claude Julien indicated that Seidenbergs absence was more precautionary than anything else, and there was a possibility hed be back practicing with the team on Tuesday. The German defenseman had been a full participant in Sunday practice after logging a team-high 23:59 of ice time against the Rangers, and appeared to have tweaked something in his leg after a collision with Ryan Callahan late in the game.

Hes day-to-day; lower body. Theres a good chance hell be on the ice tomorrow. Were very, very hopeful that hell be in next game. This is a situation, early in the season you want to sacrifice one game so that it doesnt become a two-week situation, said Claude Julien. Were just getting going here, its such a condensed schedule that sometimes if you take those chances by playing him, youll make it worse than better. We took a precaution and we were willing to live without him today. Hopefully, thats all its going to be.

Seidenbergs absence also meant that newcomer Aaron Johnson made his Boston Bruins debut paired with Johnny Boychuk, and was part of a Bs defensemen corps that all needed to raise their games without their Teutonic stalwart. Johnson finished with 16:03 of ice time and blocked a couple of shots, but all the blueliners were on high alert.

It just happens with everybody. If somebody is out of the lineup, somebody else has to fill that spot. Thats the good thing about this team, said Zdeno Chara. We have a lot of depth on this team, and guys are really taking it as a charge and motivation to be adding more minutes and playing maybe a bigger role.

As Julien indicated, the Bruins are hopeful that Seidenberg will be back in the lineup when they travel to Madison Square Garden Wednesday night for the rematch with the Rangers.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.