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:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.