Late Tuesday afternoon, the Boston Bruins recalled Jamie Arniel
on an emergency basis and sent him to Pittsburgh where the B's will face the Penguins on Wednesday night.
Faced with the loss of David Krejci
to a concussion and with Michael Ryder suffering from what B's head coach Claude Julien called "discomfort" during Tuesday's practice, Arniel is a bandaid on a Bruins squad that has already seen its share of injuries.
Forwards Marc Savard
, Marco Sturm and Trent Whitfield
began the list in preseason, and defenseman Johnny Boychuk
and Krejci, a center, have been added since.
Undaunted, Julien and his squad have a big test against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Pennsylvania.
"It's going to be a challenge, obviously," said Julien post-practice on Tuesday. "But it's not a challenge we've never faced before.
"You've got to expect your players maybe to be a little bit grittier and wanting to play that type of a game than when...some of your best players are missing."
Julien said he didn't think that there would be an overly-emotional carryover from the Matt Cooke hit that ended Marc Savard
's 2009-10 regular season and put him on injured reserve to start the current campaign.
"I don't think so," said the B's bench boss. "It hasn't been talked about.
"At one point, you've got to move forward with your team and let things happen the way they should. It's as simple as that.
"If we want to keep wanting revenge here for the next two or three years, I think we're losing a lot of focus on what we have to do right now, so if he reacts in a certain way that deserves retribution, we'll deal with it then," he said.
Julien said that the B's have enough to think about with three games in four nights versus Pittsburgh, Montreal and Ottawa.
"Well, it's going to be some big, intense games...this week, which shouldn't be hard for our players to get motivated [for]," said Julien. "Pittsburgh has always been a good team and since those [Sidney] Crosby's, Evgeni [Malkin] and others have come in, it's a young team that's won a Stanley Cup.
"They're always a team that represents a challenge in itself.
"[Then you] come back home again and you've got a team waiting for you in your own building, probably your biggest rival, Montreal, and [divisional opponent] Ottawa," he said.
But the B's head coach also said that the Black & Gold can't get involved in the excitement of the week.
"You know, the one thing we can't do is get caught up with what's further ahead of us than the Pittsburgh game tomorrow, and you know, the old saying is 'You've got to take them one at a time' and we really have to take that approach because it's easy to get carried away with the significance of all three of those games."