|Minnesota Wild goalie Jose Theodore, left, drops his stick to the ice as he makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
Forward Michael Ryder donned a white sweater and skated with left-winger Milan Lucic
and center Marc Savard
. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Horton
skated with David Krejci
and Blake Wheeler on the "silver" line.
After the pre-flight practice at Ristuccia Arena, Savard talked about the switch and how it might help the B's offense.
“Just looking for something new, I guess. And you know I’ve played with Michael [Ryder] before so I’m familiar with him," said Savard. "So, hopefully we can generate some stuff.
“You know [he has] just a great shot and you know him and Hort [Nathan Horton
] are similar in a lot of ways so hopefully we can, like I said, just get some goals.”
The B’s will need some offensive production if they’re going to be successful on their short road trip to Montreal and Pittsburgh.
Currently Montreal sits eighth in the conference, but they’re only one point behind third place Boston and the two teams could switch places after Saturday’s game.
“It’s up to us right now, they’re chasing us for that spot and I think they’re a point behind...[although] we still have some games in hand,” Savard said. “But these are the ones that really hurt if we beat them, so we gotta go up there, have a good start and go from there.”
Boston Head Coach Claude Julien is looking for the Black & Gold to find some of the momentum they had garnered over the club's 3-0-2 road trip.
“You can regain that momentum that you had there when you got off that road trip and those are to me two big games Montreal and then you go to Pittsburgh then you come back home,” he said. “But, you know, tomorrow night’s an exciting night for me anyways.
"It’s the type of games you want to play.”---Hannah Becker