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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 1:17 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Alfredsson not worrying about trade deadline

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators have played three one-goal games this season and woke up Tuesday seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

So any thoughts about the trade deadline Wednesday has to be on the back burner.

“I’m sure it is for every team in the League a little bit,” Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said about potential distractions after his team’s morning skate at TD Garden. “But our goal is to keep an upbeat locker room and whatever happens, happens. We can’t control that, obviously. I like everybody we have here. We like the situation we’re in here with more players getting closer to returning from injuries and joining us on trips. So even if we don’t do anything, we’re still going to have some nice additions.”

Ottawa is starting a seven-game road trip. The Bruins lead the Senators by four points in the Eastern standings and have won the prior three meetings between the teams.

Here’s a look at the projected lineups:

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Bruins

BOSTON – With first place in the Northeast Division on the line for the Boston Bruins when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien probably will return his first line to its usual form after separating Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton for two periods Monday in a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lucic, Krejci and Horton skated together during the morning skate at TD Garden. Lucic snapped a 15-game goal drought against the Maple Leafs.

Johnny Boychuk skated with the team, but Julien said the defenseman’s status was uncertain. Boychuk was injured during practice last Friday and he has missed two games.

The Canadiens, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, did not hold a full skate.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:

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Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Bruins

BOSTON -- It was a contrast in approaches Monday morning, as the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for their evening showdown.

After a lengthy practice Sunday, the Bruins decided to scrap their morning skate. Meanwhile, the Leafs took the ice for a hard-working session.

Toronto snapped its eight-game losing streak against the Bruins on Saturday.

Michael Kostka is expected to replace the injured John-Michael Liles in the Maple Leafs' lineup. The Bruins could use the juggled forward lines they used during Sunday's practice. Expect the goaltending matchup to feature Tuukka Rask for Boston and Toronto's James Reimer.

Here's a look at the complete lineup for both squads:


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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 1:08 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Knee surgery ends Versteeg's season

BOSTON -- The Florida Panthers will take the ice Thursday against the Boston Bruins with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference and a four-game losing streak.

Now here's the bad news:

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen announced after his team's morning skate at TD Garden that forward Kris Versteeg will have season-ending knee surgery. Versteeg, Florida's third-leading scorer last season, he has played in 10 games this season. He was playing his third game back from a prior injury when he was hit by Radko Gudas of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Versteeg left the game and did not return.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

McQuaid added to Bruins' injury list for Thursday

BOSTON -- Already without center Chris Kelly, the Boston Bruins also will be missing defenseman Adam McQuaid on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers.

McQuaid is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. McQuaid blocked a shot with his hand Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he returned to play the third period.

Although he didn't skate with his teammates at TD Garden, McQuaid took the ice after the Bruins' morning skate.

Here's a look at the Bruins' projected lineup:

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:27 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bruins face tough task extending streak vs. Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins' seven-game win streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs is amazingly the longest the Boston franchise has had against its Original Six brother from the north.

That Toronto enters Thursday night's game at TD Garden one point behind Boston in the Eastern Conference, and riding a three-game winning streak, tells the Bruins that the Maple Leafs are a different team than the one it has handled easily the past couple seasons.

A glance at the fighting-major leaderboard, which features the Maple Leafs on top, also sends the Bruins a message that they're going to have their hands full.

"They've obviously got a big lineup and guys who can definitely take care of business," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after an unusually aggressive morning skate. "With saying that, regardless of that fact, they've also been playing a good team game and been able to put pucks in the back of the net as well. So I think there's confidence up and down their lineup, from top to bottom, and you can see that in their play of late."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 12:01 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Canadiens' Ryder making return to Boston

BOSTON -- Sunday's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden is more than just a showdown between the teams tied for the most points in the Eastern Conference standings.

It's also the return of forward Michael Ryder for the first time since he won the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins then left for the Dallas Stars as a free agent. Ryder, acquired by the Canadiens in a trade last week, didn't play in Boston last season.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Senators to give Lehner first start of season

BOSTON -- One year to the day since Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner recorded his only NHL shutout at TD Garden against the Boston Bruins, he will get a chance to repeat that feat.

Lehner is scheduled to make his Senators season debut Thursday against the Bruins, coach Paul MacLean confirmed after his team's morning skate. This season with Binghamton of the American Hockey League, Lehner posted a 2.12 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

"Robin's had a very successful season in the American Hockey League and he's played very well in the National Hockey League last season when he played," MacLean said. "He played here and he played well. And those are a lot of the factors that go into it. The fact that he's played very well this year in the American League gives us a lot of confidence."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bruins' schedule gets busy, with Senators up first

BOSTON -- The condensed schedule will finally catch up the Boston Bruins starting Thursday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators.

To date the Bruins have played the fewest games in the NHL with 16 (they're 12-2-2). After putting their season-high four-game winning streak on the line against the Senators, they'll play 17 games in March.

"I think rest is definitely going to be a big thing, making sure you're not too active away from the rink," forward Chris Bourque said after the Bruins' morning skate at TD Garden, "kind of taking it easy, whereas in a regular schedule you might go out with the family, hang out, go to the mall or something or go for a walk. You'll spend a lot more time on the couch, that kind of stuff. Just getting the proper rest and hydration all that sort of stuff is going to be key, I think."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

With Rangers performing, Boyle to sit again

BOSTON -- With the New York Rangers coming off their second straight victory, coach John Tortorella is inclined to go with the same lineup he used in wins against the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

So that means another healthy scratch for Boston native Brian Boyle, who is scheduled to sit out his third straight game.

"I'm trying not to think about anything, really, honestly," said Boyle, who was bag skated by assistant coach Mike Sullivan along with fellow scratches Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger after the Rangers' morning skate at TD Garden. "I'm just trying to come work every day and work as hard as I can because it's ... I've said it before, I didn't play as well as I think I could've, but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this League and on this team. It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful. And it's [ticking] me off a lot."

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