MacDermid opening eyes in Bruins' camp

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MacDermid opening eyes in Bruins' camp

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
OTTAWA -- Lane MacDermid has inspired little fanfare or breathless discussions about his bright future when hes mentioned in terms of a career with theBruins.

MacDermid is a Bs fourth rounddraft pick from the Windsor Spitfires back in the 2008 draft,and a player that spent the entirety of last season in Providence. He's a 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger capable of scoring a little and fighting a lot -- but sometimes it takes that little extra something to get noticed during anNHL camp.

MacDermid has had that little extra going so far in this year's training camp as a 22-year-old looking to bust into the NHL. He's beginning to earn some of that notoriety around camp with a carryover from his capable junior hockey career, and it all comes down to the willingness to work hard.

Fittingly MacDermid put on his helmet and work boots both Tuesday night in the Black and White scrimmage and Wednesday night in the Bruins' 2-1 overtime loss in Ottawa, and got things done with goals in each game. MacDermid played with Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly on a line that stood out in Wednesday night's game, and enjoyed the most pressure they were able to put on the Ottawa defense while scoring only a single goal."Those guys play pretty hard and they're good in the corners and whatnot, so I thought we played pretty well together," said MacDermid. "It's been a tough camp and I think everyone is feeling that a little bit, but it's been a good start."

In each instance MacDermid was rewarded when he spotted the breakdown in the defense and crashed the net while keeping his head upward looking for the puck. The goal in Providence arrived when Matt Bartkowski found him going to the net without the puck and targeted him for a cross-ice pass, and Wednesday night's strike against Ottawa was simple crashing the net with speed and flicking home a long rebound of a Thornton shot.If the Boston coaching staff gets excited about anything, it's a big body capable of throwing hits, moving without the puck and heading toward the net with some force and precision. MacDermid has had all of that in the first goal of games even if he's not considered a high-end skill player or regular goal-scorer in his NHL future.

We didn't muster up much. But I thought MacDermid played well, and Im talking about players and what you expect out of them in their roles, said coach Claude Julien. He was a good, solid player for us. I liked him in yesterdays camp game in Providence, too. That Kelly, MacDermid, Thornton line was probably our best."MacDermid hasbeen pretty good. That was nice to see."MacDermidgave Julien and the evaluators something to see on a night when there wasn't much going on for the Bruins.

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

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 

 

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.