WINNIPEG The Bruins will be without one of their signature players when they take the ice on Sunday as Milan Lucic has flown back to Boston for personal reasons, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The Bruins power forward had flown with the team on Saturday morning from Buffalo to Winnipeg, and then hopped on a plane headed back home.
The Lucic absence will thrust 38-year-old Jay Pandolfo into the Bruins lineup for the first time after the Bruins signed him to a one-year deal earlier this week. Pandolfo skated on the left wing with the fourth line at the teams Saturday practice at the MTS IcePlex in Winnipeg, and that caused Daniel Paille to be bumped up to the third line and Peverley to be slotted into the left wing spot alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton.
Lucic has three goals and eight points in 12 games along with a plus-2 rating for the Bruins this season, and has jumped out to one of the best starts of his career after normally experiencing slow starts to the season.
Here are the expected lines and defenseman pairings for Sunday afternoons game against the Winnipeg Jets that represents the first half of the five-game road trip for the Black and Gold:
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.
*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.
*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.
*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.
*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.
*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.
*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.
*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.