Rask, Ference to miss B's road trip: Paille's status in doubt

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Rask, Ference to miss B's road trip: Paille's status in doubt

BOSTON -- The injuries are mounting for the Bruins at the wrong time of the season.

With the team already missing Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, they embark on a two-game road trip through New York and Toronto without Andrew Ference (lower body injury) and Tuukka Rask (left leg) as part of the traveling party.

Daniel Paille was also banged up in the third period on a collision with Steve Staios midway through the third period, and would seem to be a question mark as the Bruins tapped both Michael Hutchinson and Lane MacDermid as emergency call-ups from the Providence Bruins.

Paille seemed to be favoring his arm as he retreated for the Bs dressing room and he didnt return to the ice.

Both P-Bruins players will make the trip to New York and Toronto, and MacDermid is a fourth-line winger that would naturally fill in for Paille if he cant play. The injuries continue to eat away at a team thats desperately looking for something to break it out of 23 games of .500 hockey dating back to Jan. 12.

Many Bruins players like Dennis Seidenberg were dizzy just thinking about the sheer number of injuries that have hit the Bruins over the last six weeks, and at least a few more players that wont be available for an important stretch of the regular season.

I dont know how many guys went down, I think Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille. I have no idea what they have, but no matter what its always tough to lose guys that are very important to the line up.

But right now we just have to get put together and win the next time.

The Bruins are hoping they can come together, but its becoming more difficult now that every single forward line has been altered from the combinations that took the ice on opening night way back in October. The chemistry and familiarity is gone as players like Jordan Caron, Brian Rolston, Lane MacDermid and Greg Zanon hold down important roles for the Black and Gold at the most important time of the year.

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BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.

It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.

Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.

That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.

But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.

Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.

Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”