WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins scrapped the on-ice portion ofThursday practice after completing a stretch of three games played in five days and readying for a rare Friday night home tilt against the New YorkIslanders. The Bruins hadnt had a day off the ice since theFriday prior to their home opening win against the Rangers, so now was the time,with back-to-back games popping up on the Boston regular season schedule nextweek. Dennis Seidenberg wasnt on the ice at Ristuccia Arena aftermissing his second straight game with a lower body injury, but Bruins coachClaude Julien indicated he would have been if theyd slapped together a fewdrills on the ice. Seidenberg didnt skate today because nobody else did. Ifthey were out there he would have been right out there with them, said Julien.Hes been in a day-to-day situation and that hasnt changed. If hespracticing then you know that hes close. But were making decisions like thatwith the long haul in mind rather than the short term.Seidenberg originally suffered the injury late in the gameagainst the Rangers last weekend when the German defenseman collided with RyanCallahan and appeared to be flexing his leg on the bench in the third period.Seidenbergs injury has meant that spare defenseman Aaron Johnson has beeninserted into the lineup for the last two games, though the Bruins coachingstaff went to a five defensemen rotation at points Wednesday night against theBlueshirts.
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.
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.