Smith only non-Olympian missing from B's practice

Smith only non-Olympian missing from B's practice
February 21, 2014, 12:30 pm
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WILMINGTON – The Bruins continued their revolving door of young players shuttling in and out of practice sessions at Ristuccia Arena by calling up Matt Lindblad and Justin Florek for Friday’s session, and sending Alex Khokhlachev and Craig Cunningham back to the Providence Bruins.

All five Olympians once again missed practice as Zdeno Chara and David Krejci should be back in Boston at this point, but aren’t expected back on the ice before the end of the weekend. Likewise Reilly Smith was missing from the practice session while dealing with an illness, but otherwise everybody was accounted for – including Adam McQuaid for his second straight practice -- when the Black and Gold took the ice Friday morning.

According to Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda, Smith is expected to return at full strength to practice on Saturday.  

Florek has skated in 49 games this season with Providence, notching 12 goals (ranks fourth on the team) and 17 assists for 29 points (ranks fifth on the team). He also scored a goal and impressed in a short stint with the Bruins after Jordan Caron suffered a strained back earlier this season.

Lindblad has skated in 35 games this season for the Providence Bruins, tallying seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, and was basking in the first NHL recall of his pro hockey career. Lindblad was one of the last players cut from NHL training camp by the Bruins as he showed the kind of defensive tendencies and cerebral ability that could make him a Chris Kelly-type player in his future years.