McQuaid a 'possibility' for opening night due to illness

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McQuaid a 'possibility' for opening night due to illness

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

Adam McQuaid missed his second straight day of practice with a fluvirus according to Bruins coach Claude Julien, and the strapping defensemen has been listed by his coach as a possibility for tomorrow nights opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.

McQuaid stayed away from the team on Tuesday, but reported to the Garden on Wednesday for treatment while skipping over practice. Its no wonder that more Bruins players didnt come down with some kind of cold after spending two days on the water in rainy Maine during the team-bonding activities.

Hes still sick. Hes battling a flu, bug or a virus, said Julien. He came in today and we decided to keep him off the ice. But hes getting better. Tomorrow Id say he is a possibility.

If McQuaid cant play a highly unlikely scenario given that the illness doesnt seem too series then it would fall on rookie Matt Bartkowski to fill out the six starting defensemen for the Bruins on banner-raising night.

Julien said the starting lineup was beginning to take shape for Thursday night, and that will be a competitive situation among the bottom six forwards in particular. Rich Peverley will start the season skating on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and that line looked dynamic during training camp. It would appear to be a choice between Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot on the third line heading into the regular season, and Claude Julien wasnt tipping his hand.

Somebody may not start, but if somebody is flying when they get a chance then they may shut the door on everybody else, said Julien. There are tons of factors that become part of the discussion. Who would be the better fit right now, or who we think would be the better fit.

You go based on the information that you have, but guys surprise you every single year. You have to adapt. Were going to start with something as a lineup tomorrow that I doubt very much well end up with. Thats how it goes.

Stay tuned as all Bruins roster questions should be answered in the next 24 hours.

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.