Optional practice was entertaining in a schoolyard football game kind’ve way.
Brian Finley, Hannu Toivonen, Mark Stuart, Stan Chistov, Brad Boyes, Marc Savard
, Phil Kessel, Milan Jurcina, Andrew Alberts, Zdeno Chara
, and Petr Tenkrat took the ice this morning with Assistant Coach Doug Houda in preparation for their game versus the Carolina -- everyone else rested or hit the stationary bike.
But more importantly, Paul Mara skated previous to the other players, felt a little better and will be definitely making the trip.
"I skated out there for a couple of minutes," said Paul Mara. "It’s still pretty sore. But we still have 36 hours before the next game so we are going to wait and see how it feels in the morning."
Does he think he will play?
"I am going do the best I can. We are going to treat it again tonight when we get to Carolina and then again in the morning and see how it feels then.
"And hopefully be ready to go," said the Belmont native.
"We’ll see how he is tomorrow," said Head Coach Dave Lewis. "There is a chance -- I don’t want to be [unwise] about it.
"There is still time to get the swelling down," said Coach.
Jason York is good, too.
"He’s fine," said Lewis of his veteran D.
York looked none-the-worse-for-wear this morning, working with strength coach John Whitesides to improve his leg strength.
Otherwise, there are no other injury issues to report -- YAY!B’s will try to calm the storm in Carolina
Every player in the locker room knows that the Hurricanes did a number on the B’s in their last trip into Boston and the Bruins know that they will have to play their best to beat the Stanley Cup Champs.
"Obviously every game is important, so we can’t let our guard down at any time," said Wayne Primeau. "You just have to prepare yourself and make sure you are intense and focused right from the drop of the puck.
"First and foremost we need to think about what we have to do to beat a Carolina Hurricane team that came into our building and kind’ve embarrassed us.
"We had to put that aside. And I think we did. And we’ve gotten a few wins since," he said.
How is your year going Preems?
"I still feel like I’ve got a lot more to give," he said. "But it is a long season and hopefully you can get on track and our line can contribute a little bit more offensively.
"The most important thing is that we are getting the wins that we need and [everything] is a lot more enjoyable when you are winning."
Marco Sturm had similar sentiments.
"We just didn’t come to work [against Carolina in the last game]," said Sturm. "They just outworked us."
But he doesn’t see that happening again.
"They are the Champions, too. And you always want to beat the best, especially on the road," said Sturm.