Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'


Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'

BOSTON -- The Bruins look like they may get a couple of new faces in the lineup for tonights tilt against a confident, loose Maple Leafs bunch at TD Garden.

David Krejci ran through line drills centering Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron during morning skate, and is a game time decision for the Bruins attempting to return from a core injury. If Krejci cant go then it appears Peverley will center a third line with Benoit Pouliot and Caron on either side of him.

Julien also said that Steve Kampfer is likely to play in his first game of the season after making it through morning skate, and looking sufficiently healed from a sprained MCL in his left knee.

I dont know if Im playing tonight. Its Claudes decision, but Im going to prepare tonight as if I were playing, said Kampfer. Ill be ready to go and its one of those things where Ill find out after warm-ups. Im looking forward to hopefully getting back in there.

The likelihood was made all the greater when the Bs announced that Matt Bartkowski was being assigned to the Providence Bruins Thursday morning after struggling in a handful of games as Bostons seventh defenseman. If for any reason Kampfer cant go then the Bruins could execute an emergency call-up from their AHL farm club.

Adam McQuaid was once again missing from morning skate at the Garden, and Julien confirmed that hes out for tonights game against the Leafs. But Julien maintained that the rangy defenseman is still day-to-day despite the fact hes been missing from the ice for three straight skating sessions.

McQuaid is not going to play tonight; he continues to be day-to-day, said Julien. Kampfer is likely tonight and Krejci will be a game time decision. Youll probably see Kampfer in unless something happens during the day that disallows me from using him. Then wed have a guy with an hours drive from Providence to get here, so it wouldnt be an issue.

The message for Bartkowski on his way down to Providence after failing to gain the confidence of the Bs coaching staff in three separate chances in the Bs lineup: speed up the decision-making and pacing.

He just needs to play a little bit more. I thought his training camp was extremely good. He just has to go and play, and make some quicker decisions with the puck and knowing what to do when he gets it, said Julien. The pace in this league is quicker. At times we felt like he was a little slow-reacting, and that got him into trouble at times. More playing time will help him with that.

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.