Caron or Pouliot? A game-time decision

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Caron or Pouliot? A game-time decision

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON -- It appears it will go down to game time for a decision on Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron as it did for opening night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Caron got the call and Pouliot never made it onto the ice for pregame warm-up when it came to decision time on the left wing spot for Bostons third line, but the results werent there for team or individual. Caron never really made much of an impression skating with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin, and Claude Julien remarked the next day that perhaps the 20-year-old was a little more tentative than hed been during the pre-season.

He played 10:20 of ice time in the first game and didnt have a single shot on net, but Caron felt like he played within the system even if he didnt jump off the page when perusing the stat sheet postgame.

I dont think it was a bad game. It was more of a normal game. I think I did the little things pretty well, but it was just okay. I thought I played a pretty good game defensively and both Seguin and I had some pretty good chances offensively, said Caron. The competition pushes you harder and you know that you cant even take a day off during practice. I know I need to go 100 percent and its been a pretty good battle.

Pouliot admitted on Friday hes still adjusting to the Bruins offensive and defensive systems, and may need a few more games to become fully integrated into the Black and Gold way of doing things.

So Caron may get another chance to prove himself against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night given the aberrational nature of opening night paired with the banner-raising ceremony. Julien stressed that any decisions made in the ensuing games including tonights tilt against the Bolts would have nothing to do with the results from Thursday night.

I dont think I would make any changes based on the result of the game, or the way the game was played, said Julien. I dont think I would ever do that. I didnt think we played well as a team, but thats about where Id leave that.

Should be a few interesting calls for the Bs lineup with Julien having at least the RaskThomas and CaronPouliot decision on his hands entering a game against a very good Tampa hockey club.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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