Backes missing from Bruins' morning skate in Toronto

Backes missing from Bruins' morning skate in Toronto

TORONTO – While Patrice Bergeron looked perfectly healthy and spry getting through morning skate at the Air Canada Centre ahead of tonight’s big game vs. the Maple Leafs, it was another member of that line missing from the ice. 

David Backes was missing from the ice during morning skate. Instead, it was Jimmy Hayes skating on the right side with Bergeron and Brad Marchand while it looked like Noel Acciari was going to draw back in on the fourth line as well.

 

Bruce Cassidy said Backes "was a little under the weather" this morning, so he'll be a game-time decision. Cassidy also said he expects the 32-year-old to play tonight, so he'd obviously replace Hayes up front if he's able to suit up. 

There was some question as to Bergeron's availability after he missed practice on Sunday, but he was a full participant in morning skate. 

We’ll update when we get word on an update for Backes, and whether it’s got anything to do with the knee issue from the Calgary road win.

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. Toronto based on morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Hayes

Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Stafford

Moore-Nash-Acciari

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller


Rask
 

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.