Marchand missing from Bruins practice

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Marchand missing from Bruins practice

WILMINGTON, MA -- Brad Marchand played through yesterdays game as the Bruins' only goal scorer, but he was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday morning prior to the teams flight to New York City for Wednesday's rematch with the Rangers.

The pesky left wing was rocked pretty solidly by an Evander Kane hit in the third period of Bostons shootout win over the Jets, but Marchand appeared to be no worse for wear while speaking after the game.

Yeah, he got me pretty good, was all Marchand said about the Kane hit at the time, but he did have a smile on his face.

Claude Julien said that it was a "maintenance day" for Marchand, and that the forward is expected to play against the Rangers even though he was termed "day-to-day." The maintenance days or "off days" in the hockey parlance are expected to come more often this season with a very busy, condensed schedule.

Instead Jay Pandolfo has donned a yellow practice sweater and is skating on the left wing with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin in Marchands place. Dennis Seidenberg has also rejoined his Bs teammates after missing Mondays game against Winnipeg and is taking a regular turn going through drills with his Black and Gold teammates.

Rookie Dougie Hamilton is back skating with Seidenberg during the drills and the Bruins coaches have restored the CharaBoychuk pairing at the top of the defensemen groupings.
Here are the lines and pairings from the Bs last practice before their first road game of the season against the Blueshirts:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Pandolfo-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid
Johnson

Rask
Khudobin

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 
 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

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Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.