Lucic out, McQuaid in at Friday's practice


Lucic out, McQuaid in at Friday's practice

BOSTON -- The Bruins jumped right back into work on Friday after straightening things up against the Maple Leafs at TD Garden, and looked ready to punch the clocks against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

The Sharks just like the Maple Leafs on Thursday will be arriving at the Garden on the second night of back-to-back road games, and they have struggled mightily to start the hockey season. But the Bruins were focused on themselves Friday, and had a little fun with the media when it comes to their colored practice jerseys denoting the line status.

Normally the Bruins top offensive line wears the white practice jerseys on non-game days and the fourth line dons the cranberry Merlot Line sweaters for practice, but Bs coach Claude Julien had Shawn Thornton and Co. proudly wearing the white practice sweaters on Friday morning.

They were terrible, cracked Julien about Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell getting their wink, wink -- big shot at No. 1 line status.

All practice high-jinx aside, Milan Lucic was missing from the practice session the morning after scoring his first goal of the season, and Jordan Caron was manning the left wing spot alongside Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin. Julien said it was a simple maintenance day for Lucic, and he was expected to be back in the lineup this weekend against San Jose.

Adam McQuaid was also present at practice after hed missed the skating sessions over the previous couple of days, and is still being listed as day-to-day with a head injury. He was jostling around with Caron at the end of practice indicating that he was being tested with a little bit of contact before the Bruins move forward.

Here were the lines at practice



Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak


Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.