Lindblad called up to Bruins

Lindblad called up to Bruins
March 14, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Seen in this file photo, Matthew Lindblad made his NHL debut against the Hurricanes and gained some valuable experience for a potential postseason call-up.


WILMINGTON – The Bruins called up Providence Bruins forward Matthew Lindblad on Friday morning, and it would appear there’s a strong chance he could be in the lineup as soon as Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jordan Caron has spent the last two games playing in place of the injured Daniel Paille on the fourth line left wing, and has played decently in both games aside from an inadvertent high-sticking penalty against the Phoenix Coyotes in Thursday night’s win. It would appear, however, that Lindblad might also get a look from the Black and Gold coaching staff in that kind of role as they play around with the line combinations and D-pairings prior to the playoffs.

There’s also the added benefit of getting Lindblad into an NHL regular season game in the final month just in case he’s one of the Black Aces needed to fill in should injuries hit during the Stanley Cup playoff run. Lindblad had an extended look during NHL training camp back in September/October, and practiced with the big club during the Olympic break.

The former Dartmouth standout has skated in 43 games this season for the Providence Bruins with seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points, and is looked at by the Bruins as a future Chris Kelly in the making. Lindblad isn’t a big offensive numbers kind of player, but is a cerebral, responsible player adept at playing all zones, winning face-offs and a young leader in the making in the dressing room.

Lindblad was one of a handful of Bruins taking part in Friday’s optional practice at Ristuccia Arena along with Dougie Hamilton, Tory Krug, Corey Potter, Jordan Caron, Daniel Paille and Chad Johnson.