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Posted On Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 12:42 PM

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

Krejci will be game-time decision for Bruins

BOSTON -- The Bruins' offense, which heads into tonight's game at TD Garden against Toronto ranked last in the league at just 1.67 goals scored per game, might get a boost from the return of David Krejci to active duty.

Krejci, who has missed the Bruins' last three games with a core injury he suffered in practice last week, took the morning skate today and will be a game-time decision, according to him and coach Claude Julien.

"I felt pretty good. I think it was a good morning skate and I feel pretty good about myself," Krejci said.

If Krejci plays, he might be centering a different line than the one he was playing with prior to the injury and dating all the way back to last season. During the morning skate, Krejci skated with Rich Peverley on his right wing and a rotation of Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot on the left side. A Krejci return would probably mean a healthy scratch for either Caron or Pouliot.

The new line is part of a juggling act done by Julien among his top three trios. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, Krejci's usually wingers, are also on different lines in the new alignment.

"We wanted to have a better start than we're having right now," Krejci said about his 2-4-0 team. "Coach decided to change the lineup a little bit. I think it's for the good. I think it's a little different look, but it's kind of exciting. So we'll see how the lines are going to look tonight, but I'm sure everybody's going to be playing hard and we're going to try to win the game tonight."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 12:34 PM

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

Projected lineup for Bruins

Here's what the Boston Bruins' projected lineup could look like for Thursday night's game against the Toronto Mpale Leafs at TD Garden.

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron - Rich Peverley - Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Steven Kampfer

Center David Krejci (core) will be a game-time decision. He has missed three games. He took the morning skate at center between Peverley on right wing and a rotation of Caron and Pouliot on the left side.

Adam McQuaid (neck) is out.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 6:46 PM

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

Bruins' McQuaid unable to play against 'Canes

BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed Saturday night's game at Chicago, did not take the pregame skate with the club prior to Boston's game against Carolina at TD Garden.

McQuaid has been bothered by neck pain ever since he crashed into the end boards last week in the third period of a loss at the RBC Center. He practiced with the team Monday and took the morning skate, but was scratched for the game.

In McQuaid's place, rookie Matt Bartkowski again dressed as the sixth defenseman.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:38 PM

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

Potential lineups for Bruins, Hurricanes

Here are what tonight's lineups for the Bruins and Hurricanes could look like, based on this morning's skates.

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - Tyler Seguin - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly - Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice this morning, meaning he'll be the starter. Tim Thomas will be the backup.

Adam McQuaid (neck) will be a game-time decision. If he plays, he'll play on the third pairing, likely in place of Bartkowski.

HURRICANES
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Chad LaRose
Brendon Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Tomas Kaberle

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup.

For more on tonght's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:33 PM

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

Kaberle gets his ring

BOSTON – Tomas Kaberle enjoyed the best morning of any of the Carolina Hurricanes players today.
               
In a private meeting with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, Kaberle received his Stanley Cup championship ring. Kaberle joined Boston after a trade with Toronto last February. He posted 1-8-9 totals in 24 regular-season games, then registered 11 assists in 25 postseason contests.
               
"It was really nice," said Kaberle about the ring after the morning skate at TD Garden. "I think whoever did it, they did a nice job. I’m sure everybody liked it and it's nice. It was a long season, but it was well worth it. It's a new season now, so you just have to look at it that way. The boys are going to be the enemy tonight."
               
When he thinks back about his time in Boston, one memory sticks out for Kaberle.
               
"I think the memories were great, when we had the second day [back in Boston], when we had the parade. There were so many people in the streets, it was an amazing feeling," he said.
               
Kaberle left the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent in July. The Bruins tried to retain his services, but the Hurricanes came forward with a better offer.
              
"At the end of the day, Carolina was the most interested in me and I felt like it was a good decision," he explained. "My brother [Frantisek] helped me as well. He played here before and he only said good things about the Carolina organization and the teammates. So that made it even easier for me."
               
Carolina head coach Paul Maurice had no worries that a return to Boston would hinder Kaberle's effectiveness on the ice.
               
"He's a pretty even-keel guy, and has a lot of experience and patience," said Maurice. "And if there is some emotion, he's earned it. Good for him. He should be somewhat overwhelmed by getting a Stanley Cup ring and his part in it, and I'm happy for him."
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:23 PM

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

McQuaid still a question mark

BOSTON – Although they survived by playing just five defensemen in the third period of their shootout win at Chicago Saturday night, the Bruins will welcome back Adam McQuaid with open arms if he can return to their lineup tonight against Carolina at TD Garden.

McQuaid suffered a neck injury in Carolina last Wednesday and missed the contest with the Blackhawks. The Bruins did not use his fill-in, Matt Bartkowski, over the final 25 minutes against the Blackhawks.

McQuaid practiced Monday and participated in the morning skate today. He did not speak to the media after the skate. McQuaid might still need some official medical clearance before he gets to face the Hurricanes.

"All I would say to that – and I’m not trying to be smart here – is it's a game-time decision for that reason," said coach Claude Julien. "So there’s more than, I guess, I can tell you that needs to be done here before we make that decision for tonight."

Elsewhere on the Bruins’ blue line, Steven Kampfer, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason, skated again today but has not been cleared for contact yet, according to Julien.

If McQuaid doesn't play, Bartkowski would be in the lineup again. He logged just 5:32 of ice time, none after the second intermission. Nonetheless, Julien said he’s seeing improvement in the second-year pro.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:12 PM

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

Krejci could be back soon

BOSTON -- While Tyler Seguin has filled in well as the Bruins’ first-line center between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, David Krejci’s return from a core injury would be a big help.

Krejci, who suffered the injury last week in a practice, skated with his teammates Monday and took the morning skate today. He did not go through line drills, as Seguin continued to fill Krejci’s spot. Krejci declined to speak with the media about his condition after the skate. Tonight will be his third game missed with the injury.

“Krejci’s not ready to go yet,” coach Claude Julien said about last year’s team co-leader in points. “He’s obviously starting to skate with us, so he’s inching closer to returning, but not tonight.”

Seguin leads the team in scoring with 5 points (1 goal). Prior to his injury, Krejci had scored just 1 goal in three games.
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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 12:37 PM

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

Rask to get first start

BOSTON -- After earning their first win of the season in their second game played Saturday, the Bruins are heading into today's home matinee against Colorado with the same lineup, minus one change: Tuukka Rask will get his first start of the season in goal.

Rask last played in a game that counts April 10, the regular-season finale in New Jersey, before Thomas the Bruins started their run to the Stanley Cup. Thomas played every minute in the Bruins' net en route to helping the franchise win its first Cup in 39 years.

"He's played well in preseason," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Rask. "We've always liked him, obviously. It's just a matter of making sure that he's not on the sideline for too long. We've got a busy week again this week. So we're giving both those guys an opportunity to play here and do their share."

In 29 games last season, Rask was 11-14-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .918 save percentage; in 2009-10, he led the league in GAA and save percentage.
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Posted On Monday, 10.10.2011 / 11:35 AM

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

Lineups for Bruins, Avalanche

Due to their 1 p.m. start today in Boston, neither the Bruins nor the Avalanche skated today. So here's the best approximation of what their lineups could look like when they hit the ice today.

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask will make his season debut in goal, with Tim Thomas serving as the backup.

AVALANCHE
Peter Mueller - Matt Duchene - Milan Hejduk
David Jones - Paul Stastny - Chuck Kobasew
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Daniel Winnik
Cody McLeod - Jay McClement - T.J. Galiardi

Shane O'Brien - Kyle Quincey
Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Ryan Wilson - Ryan O'Byrne

Semyon Varlamov likely will start in goal, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere the backup.
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Posted On Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 1:36 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 NHL Face-Off Blog

Expected lineups for Bruins, Lightning

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are set to face off Saturday in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference Finals. Based on this morning's practices, here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for each team:

BRUINS

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley
Pouliot-Kelly-Seguin
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Tim Thomas is expected to start in goal with Tuukka Rask backing him up.

LIGHTNING
Malone-Lecavalier-Purcell
St. Louis-Stamkos-Downie
Connolly-Moore-Shannon
Jones-Thompson-Hall

Hedman-Brewer
Clark-Gilroy
Bergeron-Kubina

Mathieu Garon looks like he may see the start in goal with Dwayne Roloson backing him up.
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