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Posted On Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 1:28 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Bruins

BOSTON -- A road trip to face the Boston Bruins brings with it plenty of hype for the Montreal Canadiens.

Their current trip to Boston, however, has a little added twist.

Prior to their morning skate at TD Garden on Saturday the Canadiens posed for a team picture along with the mothers and daughters who got to travel to Boston with their sons and other members of the Canadiens staff.

Last season the Canadiens took their fathers on a road trip.

"It is a different feeling. I can't say it's good or bad or any way, but it's a little bit different," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. "I think everyone's on a little bit better behavior around their moms. They're always watching to make sure you're doing the right things. I know my mom's making sure I'm eating my vegetables. So it's a little bit different for me on the road. But it's fun to have them here."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand didn't practice Monday, but he took the ice with his teammates Tuesday for morning skate and took the first line rush during a 3-on-2 drill with his usual linemates Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.

But then Marchand left after one shift and Matt Fraser replaced him on that line.

"Not well," Bruins coach Claude Julien said in response to a question about how Marchand was doing. "He went off the ice, so he won't be going tonight."

The Bruins host the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden.

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Posted On Monday, 11.10.2014 / 1:31 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Bruins

BOSTON – The New Jersey Devils should have forward Mike Cammalleri back in their lineup Monday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, though, Boston will be missing center David Krejci.

Cammalleri missed the past six games with a jaw injury and the Devils went 2-4-0 without him. Prior to the injury, Cammalleri had five goals and two assists in eight games, so he'll be looking to quickly find his offensive form.

"We'll find out in a hurry," Cammalleri said after an optional morning skate. "You know I'm not going to put any expectations on myself [Monday] other than just to try and do what I can to help the club win and ... we'll see what happens in terms of results. And as far as my game, it might take a bit to get back into it but I'll do what I can."

Krejci missed two games before he returned to face the Edmonton Oilers last Thursday. He missed each of the Bruins' practices since then and did not take part in an optional morning skate Monday. His injury is undisclosed and Julien has classified the forward as day-to-day

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Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 1:14 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci's status for the game against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday is still up in the air.

Krejci took part in an optional morning skate at TD Garden, but coach Claude Julien did not know if Krejci would be able to take warm-ups.

"We'll see after he gets off there. If he does [take the warm-up] there's a chance he'll play obviously," Julien said.

Krejci has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury. The Bruins have not only made do without Krejci lately but also have missed defensemen Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Torey Krug. In place of the three defensemen, recent American Hockey League call-ups Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow have filled in admirably. The Bruins have won three in a row and are 4-1-0 since Chara was injured.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Bruins

BOSTON – Two of the most important players on the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers will not play Tuesday at TD Garden.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said center David Krejci is out with the same undisclosed injury that forced him to be a late scratch Saturday. Krejci is classified as day to day.

Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said forward Jonathan Huberdeau is still out with the flu and didn’t join the team in Boston. Huberdeau might join the Panthers on the next leg of their road trip in Philadelphia.

Aside from the absence of two of the better skilled players from both teams, Tuesday night marks an important event for a player known more for work ethic and toughness. Panthers forward Shawn Thornton, who left the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent last summer after seven seasons, will play his first game against his former team.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 7:25 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Bruins make Krejci late scratch vs. Senators

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.

Krejci took the pregame warmup and centered a line with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. But when the lineup sheet was issued, Krejci was listed as a scratch, and forward Matt Fraser had been inserted in the lineup.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 11:53 AM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday to climb back to .500 with a 6-6-0 record.

They allowed 15 shots on goal in a game that reached overtime, including eight after the first period. It was a defensive performance more reflective of the Bruins' philosophy from the past several seasons than many of their early season performances.

According to Boston coach Claude Julien, the Bruins, who will be without injured defensemen Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller when they host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, TVA SPORTS, CITY), would have to tighten their play in their end regardless of who was playing defense in order to get their season back on track.

"I think it would've been that even if we would've been healthy because I don't think since the beginning of the year we've been as stingy as we have been in the past," Julien said. “So that's kind of been a little bit of an issue. And when you're having to play from behind, that's not a great situation either. So when we're stingy we're good because when we're stingy we're not giving them much and we're playing with the puck a lot more. Which was the case [Thursday]. I mean, we had the puck a lot more than the other team did. Now the results of the amount of scoring chances, the goals that we scored, may not have been where I think most people would've expected it to be. But we have to start somewhere and I think being stingy and doing a better job like we did [Thursday] of protecting what we call the house is a good way to start."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.28.2014 / 6:25 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Brodin, Haula out for Wild against Bruins

BOSTON -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will not play against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday, Wild coach Mike Yeo said.

Brodin hit the boards after a hit by New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider on Monday in the Wild’s 5-4 loss. Brodin returned to the game and played 22:21, but Yeo said the 21-year-old was sore in several places.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.28.2014 / 5:48 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Bruins

BOSTON -- There are many signs Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is brimming with confidence early in his third NHL season.

Hamilton matched a career high with a three-point game in the Bruins road victory Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first game since defenseman Zdeno Chara left the lineup with a knee injury. Two days later, the 21-year-old Hamilton was bold enough to wear a dress and pose as Elsa from "Frozen" during the Bruins annual reverse trick-or-treating event at Boston Children's Hospital.

As the Bruins continue life without Chara against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at TD Garden, Hamilton will continue to be a focal point of the Bruins defense corps.

"Yeah, I think it's more comfortable obviously everywhere," Hamilton said after the morning skate. "I think around this city, around the team, in the room and then on the ice as well, I think that as you get older and better the game slows down a bit. So I think I felt that a little bit. So just trying to play with confidence and try to make plays and keep playing hard."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 1:14 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Bruins

BOSTON -- New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk isn't the only former Boston Bruins player returning to face his old team at TD Garden on Thursday.

Goaltender Chad Johnson established himself as an NHL regular last season as Tuukka Rask's backup. Johnson, scheduled to start for the Islanders, was 17-4-3 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 27 games for the Bruins before he signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent during the summer.

When last season ended, Johnson knew the Bruins would be turning to prospect Niklas Svedberg to be Rask's backup.

"It was one of those where if you move on probably in this business it's for bad reasons. But I think just for my situation there wasn't enough, I guess, room to do that for the Bruins," Johnson said after the morning skate. "So it's a different feeling coming back when there's really no animosity between both sides."

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