Bruins excited for Garden opener

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Bruins excited for Garden opener

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- The Bruins will make their 2011-12 debut at TD Garden tonight as reigning Stanley Cup champions, and should get a solid ovation from a Bruins fan base still drunk from the summer Cup celebration.

The Bruins will take on the Islanders at the Garden and the game will be streamed at bostonbruins.com with the 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcast team providing the commentary.

Its going to be great playing against another team rather than ourselves in this building, said Johnny Boychuk. Weve had a lot of support over the summer since weve won, and I dont expect it to die down at all.

The Bruins lines are actually pretty intriguing if they mimic the lines from this morning's skate at TD Garden. Should be an excellent dress rehearsal test for 19-year-old Jared Knight skating with top-liners David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and -- as expected -- Rich Peverley gets the first crack at Recchi's spot at right wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. His speed and tenacity could mesh very nicely with the considerable, established chemistry of Bergeron and Marchand.

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jared Knight
Lane MacDermid-Alexander Khokhlachev-Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille-Zach Hamill-Jamie Arniel

Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Zach McKelvie-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tim Thomas-Anton Khudobin

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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre