No lineup changes expected for Bruins, Flyers

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No lineup changes expected for Bruins, Flyers

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
PHILADELPHIA Its round two of an anticipated seven round fight between the Bruins and the Flyers, and there doesnt appear to be much in the way of changes for either side.The Bruins wont have any changes on their end, and only Mark Recchi was missing from the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center as he took a well-deserved veteran exception as a 43-year-old playing deep into the postseason. Nathan Horton was back on the ice for the Bruins after missing yesterday with a broken skate, and Tim Thomas will be in goal for a Bs team simply worrying about their own business. "I dont think theres any secret to how hard this game is gonna be, and how tough this series is going to be, Andrew Ference said. We just have to take care of our own backyard first. It doesnt matter what system youre running if you dont bring energy and work with you as a team. Thats something we have to make sure we do.The Flyers were missing Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter from the ice at morning skate, but sources told CSNPhilly.coms Sarah Baicker that Pronger would play despite missing the last handful of minutes from Game 1 and walking up the runway to the dressing room with a couple of minutes left in the game.Brian Boucher will get the start between the pipes after getting yanked during the second period of Game One, and the Flyers goaltending carousel continues. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said it was a chance for the entire team -- Boucher included -- to wipe away the stain of a wretched Game One. "Brian will go back in net today," said Laviolette. "Today for me is a game where we all have to go back in there and try and right some wrongs. Everybody gets an opportunity and he deserves it."It sure looks like a fatal flaw in the series with the journeymen Boucher carrying a .783 save percentage into Game 2, but Claude Julien wasnt going to look at that as something the Bs could count on.They pulled goalies in the last round and they still managed to win their series, Julien said. We know thats something that has happened with this team since the first round, and its something that happened to them last year when they got to the Finals. Were not hanging our hat on that. Were hanging our hat on how were going to handle our own situation, and thats where were at right now. Andrew Ference had the line of the day when talking about the emails and texts he was sending out last night and this morning upon hearing about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Ference has befriended a group of US Army Rangers in Massachusetts that are also Bruins fans, and one had texted the Bs defenseman over the last couple of weeks that they were going out hunting for bad guys. It was the CIA and the Navy Seals that eventually took out Bin Laden, but Ference said he could sense the relief in his friends after theyd spent many sleepless nights hunting after the evil mastermind behind the 911 attacks.Ference also said he asked a few friends that were in contact with Barack Obama to put in a request for the Bruins: "I asked one of my buddies to send an email to Obama because I hear he's good at finding things, said Ference with a smile on his face. Hopefully he can help us find a power play goal."
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