- The B’s were back together this morning at TD Garden for the first time since Tuesday night, after having Wednesday off, in preparation for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
All of the Black & Gold were present, and a high-energy skate ensued, complete with battling drills and one-on-one's. With less practices, it appears Coach Julien has been working the usual work battling down-low into the gameday routine. With the practice feel, the skate also saw the top and fourth lines in white jerseys, while the middle two donned gold (a change from the all-white jerseys the forwards normally suit up in on gamedays, to offset the defensemen's black).
During the pregame skate, the top two lines remained intact, while Jay Pandolfo was taking rushes with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on the third line, and Lane MacDermid and Shawn Thornton were rotating in alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille on the fourth line.
Anton Khudobin was first off the ice, while Tuukka Rask stayed on, so it can be expected that Dobby will get the start tonight between the pipes.
I'll have a better idea of the B's expected lineup during line rushes in warms up tonight, especially since the past two games, the lineup has been a different outcome than morning rushes (Bourque the healthy scratch vs Montreal and Pandolfo the scratch in Washington, D.C.)
"We may see different lineup changes, yes," Coach Julien told media following the 10:30 a.m. pregame skate.
Rest, and Move On
Though Wednesday was one of the mandated off days, the B's could rest up and enjoy some time away from the ice, while reflecting on the past two games and how to bounce back.
"Yeah, it’s nice to, I don’t want to say not think about hockey because you’re always thinking about it, but maybe just not come to the rink and enjoy time with your family and just relax a little bit," said Chris Kelly.
"It was definitely nice to, like you said, have a day off and get away from things and also kind of reflect on the last two games," said Milan Lucic. "Especially last game where we had such a great start and played the way that we wanted to and unfortunately let it get away from us."
"So I think there’s definitely a lot more incentive going into this game and that we need to play the right way for the full 60 minutes."
"Toronto’s been playing great so it’s going to be a hard-fought battle."
Lucic and the B's will be looking to correct their mistakes, and improve at both ends of the ice, in order to put the past two losses in the past.
"You don’t want things to slip away when things are going well and when you’re playing the right way, so you can reflect on them, go over them," said Lucic.
"You don’t want to make it a concern, you want to right the ship before it gets wrong so that’s kind of what the thought process was over the last day and this morning."