ST. LOUIS, MO -
With veteran forwards Rich Peverley
and Nathan Horton
down with injury, the B's have relied on their Providence call-ups to fill the void.
Tonight, forward Carter Camper
, the B's latest skater to arrive from the P-Bruins, could make his NHL debut.
Camper, an Ohio-native who played at Miami University (Ohio) prior to signing with the Bruins last spring, would enter the B's lineup should Shawn Thornton
be unable to play.
"Under the weather," was Head Coach Claude Julien's answer when he was asked about the right wing's absence from morning skate.
"Game-time [decision]," was the bench boss' follow up assessment of his beat cop's availability against the Blues.
As the line of Daniel Paille
, Gregory Campbell
and Thornton has been a steady grouping for the B's, this latest development could make things even tougher for Boston, whose lines have been frequently shuffled due to injury and stalled offensive production.
One of those changes -- the movement of David Krejci
to right wing with Chris Kelly
as his center and Milan Lucic
on the left -- could prove pivotal tonight versus St. Louis in the Scottrade Center.
"I think it’s a situation that we don’t have much of a choice right now – we’re trying to find a combination that will give us some offense," said Julien. "This [trio] is what we’re trying right now and we hope they adapt well enough that they’ll be able to bring something to the game tonight.
"That’s where we are," added Julien. "It’s the reality of having to deal with injuries and having players around."
As noted in nearly every pregame story, the Blues are a stingy team and own a league-best 1.88 goals against average.
"They don’t give up much," said Julien. "They’re a hard team to play against.
"They’re feeling good about themselves right now, so I think that’s a challenge in itself."