News Flash: It’s Cold….Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
However, I must report that OUTSIDE the rink at Ristuccia was much colder than INSIDE the rink.
Nice turnaround there.
Speaking of turnarounds, the Bruins will be seeking one of the permanent type -- Boston is 3-6-1 in their last 10 and needs to make some strides in the playoff picture.
No doubt that was on everyone’s mind at practice this morning as three lines were set and one line had four members.
"I am going to make a decision tomorrow," said Lewis of his extra forward. "I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do.
"But you’ll see it at game time tomorrow (in terms of) that line and what it looks like."
Today, the lines were:Axelsson-Savard-Murray
The defense on the ice was:Chara, Mara, Allen, Alberts, Stuart, Jurcina, York
All of the forwards are available, but D-man Jason York will not be able to play tomorrow.
"As far as injuries go, Yorkie is still unavailable," said Lewis. "He’ll travel with the team and skate on his own. Everybody else is good to go."Tim Thomas
will start against the Senators.
"It’s going to be a feel (thing)," said Lewis of his goaltending decisions from here on out. "I don’t have any projection, but I feel comfortable (splitting the starts) if I had to.
"I don’t want to say that’s what I am going to do, but I would feel comfortable doing that."
The numbers say that Coach Lewis has made a wise choice.
In his career, Tim is 5-2-1 versus the Sens with a 2.36 GAA and a .934 SV% and this season, Tank is 3-1-0 in four games versus Ottawa with a 2.50 average and a .926.
However, head coach Dave Lewis acknowledged that he has two viable goalies right now.
"I would feel comfortable with either one in the net," said Lewis.
The Bruins are 3-2-0 vs. Ottawa in this season’s series, with a 2-1 win in Boston on Oct. 28, a 4-3 win in Boston on Nov. 11, a 7-2 victory in Ottawa on Dec. 19, a 5-2 setback in Ottawa on Jan. 9 and a 3-0 loss in Boston on Jan. 20.
According to TSN, Ottawa’s latest lines were:
ForwardsHeatley - Kelly - Alfredsson
Schaefer - Comrie - Neil
Vermette - Spezza - Eaves
Schubert - McAmmond - McGrattan
Hamel - Fisher
DefenseRedden - Meszaros
Volchenkov - Phillips
Corvo - Priessing
The Bruins are 6-2-0-1 in their last nine games overall vs. the Senators with both regulation losses coming in the last two games played between these teams.
Obviously, Lewis wants to see the team that was 6-0-1 versus the Senators take the ice on Saturday.
"The game in Ottawa was a game for two periods and they cranked it up in the third and didn’t get a lot done," said Lewis. "The game here in Boston -- we just couldn’t get going.
"They played a patient game and did a good job with their puck control and they (generated) a lot of attack against us and we just couldn’t counter. We didn’t help ourselves with penalty after penalty after penalty (as) that always changes the momentum when you do it on a continuous basis."
"We can’t afford to do that."
So how does that change your strategy on Saturday?
"That was a while ago," said Lewis. "It’s all new again, so, those games have no bearing on what we are going to do tomorrow.
"Each game is different for me…and I try to prepare the group and try to figure out what will work for us and against whomever we play.
"That’s not going to change tomorrow."Comedy at practice…
One light moment during the otherwise serious session -- Brad Stuart, gassed after a sprint, stood on the ice, with his stick on his knees. Brad Boyes, finishing the sprint, "snowed" Stewie by throwing ice shavings into his face when he stopped. Stuart scraped some snow from the ice, cradled it on his stick, and threw it into Boysie’s face.
Very funny.A circle of friends
The Bruins, prompted by Glen Murray, gathered together (without coaches and out of the earshot of the press) at center ice at the end of practice. After the practice nobody said what was discussed.