Bruins notes: Horton leaves early with 'discomfort'

Bruins notes: Horton leaves early with 'discomfort'

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton found himself on a new line for Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. He also found himself in the locker room a whole lot earlier than expected.

Horton left Friday's practice early with what Bruins coach Claude Julien called "a little discomfort. Unsurprisingly, both refused to give away where that discomfort was.

"Those situations are always day-to-day, and we'll see Saturday," said Julien.

Horton will travel with the team to Montreal, so the discomfort can't be too concerning. Either way, he began Friday's practice on the right wing with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.

As a result, Michael Ryder moved to the right wing with Marc Savard and Milan Lucic.

Julien said after practice that he made the moves because he's looking for "more sustained offensive zone presence."

"Sometimes you've got to make those changes, and we're going to give that a try," the coach said. "We did it in Buffalo, I think, in the third period a bit. It kind of worked. It seemed to give those lines a little bit of a spark, so hopefully we get the same Saturday."

The B's will battle the Canadiens on Saturday for the division lead and Savard knows just how big a game it is. So much so, that the only thing he can do to be successful is to put Thursday night's blunder in the past.

After Friday's practice, Savard said he had moved on from the turnover in his own zone that led to Minnesota's game-winning goal, but not without pointing out that the game wasn't over when that happened.

"That's part of the business," he said. "You've got to move on. It was tough to swallow, but in the same sense, we have a huge game Saturday night. Probably the biggest of the year, so hopefully we can respond to that.

"I mean, there was still lots of time in the game," said Savard, when asked again about his turnover. "There's other mistakes that happen in the game. Maybe sometimes the goalie makes a big save for you, but unfortunately it went in, and that's part of hockey."

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.