By Joe Haggerty
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The Bruins final roster continues to take shape with opening night two days away as young goaltender Anton Khudobin was placed on waivers Monday with the intention of sending him to the Providence Bruins.
Khudobin had cleared waivers by Tuesday afternoonand reported to Providence after taking part in the weekend team-bonding exercises. He will join teammates Lane MacDermid and Max Sauve after they were sent down on Saturday night.
Khudobin finished with a win in his only preseason action along with a 3.00 goals against average and .900 save percentage for the Bs and is clearly considered a member of the varsity group as the first line of defense should injuries hit the Tim ThomasTuukka Rask goaltending duo.
Veteran forward Chris Clark is the final piece remaining with the Bruins as an unsigned veteran free agent, and the Bruins front office is still attempting to clear up contract space for the 35-year-old thats truly impressed in practice. Clark finished with two points (a goal and an assist) in five preseason games, and impressed with his grit, toughness and willingness to provide an emotional burst. He broke his nose in the final preseason game after dropping the gloves with Michael Haley.
Were still in discussions with signing Clark. As far as the roster goes Anton Khudobin is on waivers, said Chiarelli. Thats all I can tell you right now.
A decision on Clark is expected to come in the next few days before rosters are finalized on Thursday night with the Bruins expected to start the season with the maximum 23 players on the roster should Clark and Jordan Caron both make the final cut.
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BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.
The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.
The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.
Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.
Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening.
BRIGHTON -- Tonight’s Bruins-Red Wings game against the Red Wings should be a big chance for training-camp invite Peter Mueller as he readies to skate in a second straight exhibition game after a quiet night in the opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The former 22-goal scorer with the Coyotes felt he was “solid” and “held his own” while not getting any shots on neta againsy Columbus. The veteran winger feels like he’s again starting to pick up the NHL pace after spending the last three years in Europe, and that’s mandatory to start making plays.
“It was a good adjustment, but hopefully tonight I show a little more skill, a few more pucks to the net and create some more offense,” said Mueller. “I would rather play in most of the [exhibition] games, to be honest with you, and to get in-game-like scenarios and prepare yourself for each and every game. In my position I’m happy that I’m playing tonight and hopefully I can keep trying to impress the people [making decisions].”
The 26-year-old former first-round pick will be in a favorable spot, skating in a possible third-line, right-wing audition with Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey. He'll also serve as another established player in a more veteran-laden lineup Wednesday night vs. the Winged Wheels at TD Garden. With Frankie Vatrano out for the next three months, these are the kind of chances Mueller needs to knock out of the park if he wants to fend off younger competition for one of those B’s roster spots up front.
“It definitely favors the type of game I want to play,” said Mueller, when asked about the chance to skate in a spot with Spooner and Beleskey that he would likely fill whre he to crack the NHL roster. “With two skill guys, hopefully we can create some chemistry and some offense early and obviously that helps with the flow of the game. Hopefully I can just showcase my skills and the work ethic that I’m trying to bring to the team. Overall, hopefully we have a good game tonight.”
Sean Kuraly is also playing in his second straight exhibition, and will move over to the left wing skating with Austin Czarnik and left wing Zachary Senyshyn in what amounts to a kid line for the Bruins. One would expect the same goaltending rotation in this game, with Malcolm Subban getting the first two periods and Daniel Vladar getting the game’s final 20 minutes. Here are the line combos and D-pairings according to the rushes during morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena: