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Posted On Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 1:04 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Halak, Meszaros to sit out first games with new teams

BOSTON -- Trade deadline-day acquisitions by the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will have to wait to make their debuts with their new teams.

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros, acquired by the Bruins from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, and Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who was picked up from the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, were both confirmed out for the Bruins-Capitals game at TD Garden on Thursday by their respective coaches.

Meszaros will find himself in a similar situation with Boston that he was in with Philadelphia. The Bruins have eight healthy defensemen and there will be stiff competition to get in the lineup.

"I don't think it's going to be easy," Meszaros said after his first morning skate with the Bruins. "We have a great group over here and we had great defensemen in Philly too, so it's always tough to crack the lineup. And it's up to the coaches, and obviously up to me, how I'm going to respond if they give me a chance."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 1:06 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins' Eriksson sidelined Tuesday by 'minor issue'

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are scheduled to be missing one of their key all-round forwards Tuesday night and the Florida Panthers should get a newcomer in their lineup at TD Garden.

Loui Eriksson did not take the morning skate with Boston and was ruled out of the game against the Panthers by coach Claude Julien.

Meanwhile, Brandon Pirri, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, took his first morning skate with the Panthers.

"It's a young group in here," Pirri said. "And they're on the right track to do something good. That's what I was looking for, an opportunity to be a part of something. And talking to [general manager Dale [Tallon] last night, it was exciting to be here. And he says we're headed in the right direction. So it's very exciting."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:19 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins anticipate desperation from Canucks

BOSTON -- When the Vancouver Canucks visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at TD Garden, they will be hungry for a victory after losing their past four games in regulation.

The Bruins, who have won five of their past six, will be ready for a team with everything to lose.

"A team that's a desperate team is always a challenge," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said after the morning skate. "And we know that they're going to play desperate hockey. Whenever you lose four games in a row, and the expectations are extremely high like they are for that team, they're going to come out with their best game and we need to be ready for that."

The Canucks did not hold a morning skate. They flew in late Monday after a 2-0 road loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 1:06 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canadiens give Budaj start against potent Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have scored six goals in each of their past three games.

Boston's recent offensive hot streak, however, hasn't changed the Montreal Canadiens' plans to start backup goaltender Peter Budaj against the Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Carey Price started the previous eight games and Budaj has made two relief appearances since his last start Jan. 8.

"We prepare a schedule monthly, and even after that we go week-to-week, and me and Stephane [Waite, goaltending coach] we talk about it because we need to maintain the energy, physically and mentally, to Carey Price," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after his team's morning skate. "And we've got four games this week in six days, so this is important for us to make sure Carey is sharp and make sure he's sharp physically, mentally. And Carey played a lot of hockey lately so we decided to go with Peter."


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 12:55 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers confident in abilities on road, coming back

BOSTON -- Florida Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek thinks when his team went on the road and won three straight games against the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators in December, the Panthers gained the confidence they could prevail away from home against some of the better teams in the NHL.

That confidence has carried the Panthers on their current three-game road winning streak, which continued with a comeback against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Panthers will need all their confidence and more Tuesday when they visit the Boston Bruins, who are 19-5-2 at TD Garden this season.

"We know what we have to [do] to win, and no matter what building we're in we're trying to catch up to everybody and we're trying to make up some ground and trying to stay relevant to that last [Stanley Cup Playoff] spot," Horachek said after the Panthers' morning skate. "So you have to learn how to win on the road and be successful on the road and I think we've had some success. … That's important for us. We have to learn to play in those situations, in hard buildings, in tough buildings, and those got us going."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins' Thornton excited for first game back in Boston

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins' home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday will be more than just a homecoming for the team after a three-game California road trip.

It'll mark the first home game for forward Shawn Thornton, who returned from his 15-game suspension Saturday in the Bruins' lone win of their trip, a 1-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks.

Thornton's previous game was Dec. 7 when he was assessed a match penalty for an incident with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik. A popular player during his seven seasons with the Bruins, Thornton should expect a warm welcome from the Boston fans.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 12:56 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins reward Svedberg with start in goal

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will star the new year with a new goaltender.

Rookie Niklas Svedberg has been recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League and is scheduled to start against the Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden.

The Bruins' other goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson, are healthy, but the Bruins wanted to reward Svedberg for his solid play last season and this season with some NHL experience in his second season of North American hockey.

The 24-year-old signed as a free agent out of Sweden in May 2012.

"It's feeling good. Right now I'm just trying to stay calm, focus on the game, what I'm going to do out there," Svedberg said. "That's my only focus right now and we'll see after the game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 12:14 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Chara to play for Bruins against Islanders

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The news about Dennis Seidenberg's season-ending injury has had several days to sink in for the Boston Bruins.

Now they can get back to work with a little positive news because Zdeno Chara is expected back in the lineup Tuesday night at TD Garden against the New York Islanders. The Bruins defenseman missed a loss against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury. That game was also the first the Bruins played without Seidenberg, who sustained an ACL/MCL injury Friday.

Chara said he's feeling good, even if he's not in perfect condition.

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Posted On Friday, 12.27.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators start Lehner to open pair against Bruins

BOSTON -- Craig Anderson made 27 saves in his second shutout of the season Monday in the Ottawa Senators' final game before the Christmas break.

That performance in a 5-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, didn't alter Senators coach Paul MacLean's plans for his team's first half of a home-and-home series against the Boston Bruins that starts Friday.

Robin Lehner will get the start in net at TD Garden.

"The plan was in place and we're sticking to it," MacLean said after the Senators' morning skate.

Tuukka Rask is expected to be the Bruins' starting goaltender, but he's scheduled to have a new backup. Niklas Svedberg, 24, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to join Rask and Chad Johnson on the NHL roster. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he plans to give Svedberg a start in the near future.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:40 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins' Iginla declares himself fit to face Flames

BOSTON -- Officially, Jarome Iginla's streak of consecutive regular-season games played ended last season at 441 when the Calgary Flames had to scratch the forward to keep him injury-free before trading him to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Iginla hadn't missed a game since April 8, 2007, when the Flames rested him.

Unofficially, his iron-man streak is approaching 500 games because that's how many he's played without missing any because of injury. A dislocated finger that forced him out of the first period of theBoston Bruins' loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday should also fail to keep Iginla from playing in a game.

Iginla took part in the morning skate Tuesday at TD Garden and declared he was ready to face the visiting Flames.

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