Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'

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Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'

BOSTON -- The Bruins look like they may get a couple of new faces in the lineup for tonights tilt against a confident, loose Maple Leafs bunch at TD Garden.

David Krejci ran through line drills centering Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron during morning skate, and is a game time decision for the Bruins attempting to return from a core injury. If Krejci cant go then it appears Peverley will center a third line with Benoit Pouliot and Caron on either side of him.

Julien also said that Steve Kampfer is likely to play in his first game of the season after making it through morning skate, and looking sufficiently healed from a sprained MCL in his left knee.

I dont know if Im playing tonight. Its Claudes decision, but Im going to prepare tonight as if I were playing, said Kampfer. Ill be ready to go and its one of those things where Ill find out after warm-ups. Im looking forward to hopefully getting back in there.

The likelihood was made all the greater when the Bs announced that Matt Bartkowski was being assigned to the Providence Bruins Thursday morning after struggling in a handful of games as Bostons seventh defenseman. If for any reason Kampfer cant go then the Bruins could execute an emergency call-up from their AHL farm club.

Adam McQuaid was once again missing from morning skate at the Garden, and Julien confirmed that hes out for tonights game against the Leafs. But Julien maintained that the rangy defenseman is still day-to-day despite the fact hes been missing from the ice for three straight skating sessions.

McQuaid is not going to play tonight; he continues to be day-to-day, said Julien. Kampfer is likely tonight and Krejci will be a game time decision. Youll probably see Kampfer in unless something happens during the day that disallows me from using him. Then wed have a guy with an hours drive from Providence to get here, so it wouldnt be an issue.

The message for Bartkowski on his way down to Providence after failing to gain the confidence of the Bs coaching staff in three separate chances in the Bs lineup: speed up the decision-making and pacing.

He just needs to play a little bit more. I thought his training camp was extremely good. He just has to go and play, and make some quicker decisions with the puck and knowing what to do when he gets it, said Julien. The pace in this league is quicker. At times we felt like he was a little slow-reacting, and that got him into trouble at times. More playing time will help him with that.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.