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Bruins Practice at University of Denver

Pastrnak, Czarnik given maintenance days

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

DENVER - The Bruins were back on the ice Tuesday for practice at the University of Denver's Magness Arena, after a day off on Monday. 


The team stayed in Colorado for a few days following their 2-0 win over the Avalanche on Sunday, before heading to Minnesota on Wednesday in advance of their game against the Wild on Thursday night.


Monday was a well-deserved rest day, as they picked up back-to-back wins over the weekend in Arizona and Colorado to begin their three-game road trip. They also earned a 4-2-0 record during a busy stretch of six games in nine days. 

The three-day break between games is rare during the season, and the Bruins plan on making the most of it. 


"When you've gone through the stretch that we have, six in nine days, it was important to give these guys a rest [on Monday]," Julien said following Tuesday's practice. "Today is a practice day, but we've also got time to get some more rest, [Wednesday], again - those three days are going to be valuable for us, as far as regaining our energy and getting some well-deserved rest."


"We hope we take advantage of it on the road again," said Julien. "There are hotel rooms where they can nap and relax and be able to do that…it's an opportunity to get some extra added rest when you need it."


The Bruins have now played 10 of their first 16 games on the road. What could have been a road block entering the 2016-17 season, has turned to success, as they own the top road record in the league at 7-3-0 entering Thursday's game.


Maintenance Days for Czarnik, Pastrnak 


David Pastrnak and Austin Czarnik were not on the ice for practice on Tuesday in Denver. 


"Just maintenance days for those guys," Julien confirmed following practice.


With those two forwards off the ice, Riley Nash moved up to skate with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand for practice. Sean Kuraly centered Matt Beleskey and defenseman Colin Miller, who switched to forward for practice to even out the lines. 


Rewards on the Way


The Bruins have been getting plenty of chances the past two games, most recently outshooting the Avs 46-20 on Sunday, but have won their past two games by slight margins, 2-1 over the Coyotes and 2-0 against the Avalanche.


Only Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, David Krejci and Dominic Moore with an empty-netter to seal Sunday's win, have been the goal scorers. The Bruins would like to get rewarded for their effort. 


"If we continue to get opportunities and play the way we are, then goals are going to come," said Marchand. "We know that. There's no need to worry. The only time is when you're not getting opportunities and not getting the chances, but we are. We're playing good hockey and we want to continue that."


Miller, Khudobin Progressing 


Defenseman Kevan Miller flew in on Monday joined the team in Denver. He practiced with the group for the first time during the regular season.


He had preseason surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand, with an estimated recovery time of six weeks. 


"It was good," said Miller. "It was good to be back around the guys and skating with them and it was a really good feeling all around."


"So far our guys with long-term injuries are on the right track," said Julien. "It's something to deal with all-year round, is injuries and try to manage those things, especially with the schedule that we have."


Goaltender Anton Khudobin also continues to practice with the team in his recovery from an upper-body injury. Both Khudobin and Miller remain on Injured Reserve. 


Morrow, Kuraly Glad to Get Time in Lineup


Both Joe Morrow and Sean Kuraly slotted into the lineup against the Avalanche on Sunday. 


The game marked Morrow's first since Oct. 22 against Montreal. It's not easy to sit out, and then jump back into action like that. 


"I mean, it's never easy - I don't think people fully understand how hard it is to sit up in the stands and watch everyone else play and not really get any competitiveness in your life," said Morrow. "You know, practices and pregame skates aren't the same, but it's really fun, it's good to get back into the lineup, and hopefully I can stay there for a while." 


Julien was asked following Tuesday's practice about the lineup for Thursday. 


"We're two days away from that - I've got too many things I've got to figure out here before I make that decision," said Julien. "Am I happy with his game? Yeah. I thought he played well and thought John-Michael Liles did a great job on the right side as well."


As for Kuraly, he was glad to get into his second NHL game against Colorado.


"Obviously anytime you can get in and play, it's a fun time and you get to be with the guys and try and get wins, so it was good," said Kuraly. "It's good getting back into it."


"[Game] No. 2 was a bit easier, and I think it should get that way with every game," he said. "Just keep it simple and just do what I know how to do, and not anything new."


With Pastrnak and Czarnk taking maintenance days on Tuesday, their statuses are unknown for Thursday, with the game still two days away.


"Yeah, there's lots of things here," said Julien. "We've got guys with maintenance and all that stuff. I can't guarantee anything right now until I figure out what I've got for Thursday."

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