McQuaid, MacDermid in against Sabres

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McQuaid, MacDermid in against Sabres

Claude Julien took all of the suspense out of it after morning skate by voicing the Bruins lineup changes for Thursday nights grudge match against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. As Julien indicated Lane MacDermid is in the lineup for the Bruins and will be skating with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton after serving as a healthy scratch for the first six games of the season. Daniel Paille will be bumped up to the third line left wing as Chris Bourque sits as a healthy scratch.
Adam McQuaid will also return to the Bruins lineup to give them another tough customer after missing the last two games to attend funeral services for his grandmother on Prince Edward Island. Tuukka Rask is starting his sixth game of the season for the Bruins and Ryan Miller gets the nod for the Buffalo Sabres as a certified villain of Bruins Nation.
Rask is 4-4-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 11 career games against Buffalo and Miller is 22-6-7 with a 2.53 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 35 career games vs. the Bruins.
Here are the expected line combos and D-pairings:Lucic-Krejci-HortonMarchand-Bergeron-SeguinPaille-Kelly-PeverleyMacDermid-Campbell-ThorntonChara-BoychukSeidenberg-HamiltonFerence-McQuaidRask

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.