I just returned home to the Bish Cave after a couple of hours on the road between Ristuccia and the Garden and home -- it is nasty folks.
If you are in Eastern Massachusetts and you don’t have to travel, stay where you are!
The lines were pretty interesting today:Kessel - Savard - Kobasew
Sturm - Bergeron - Allen
Reich - Walter - Hoggan
Chistov - Mowers - Tenkrat
Defense: Alberts, Chara, Ference, Ward, Wideman, York
Goalies: Thomas, MacDonald
Yes, you read that right.
Bobby Allen was dressed in a gold sweater, alongside Marco Sturm and Patrice Bergeron
"He didn’t feel well, so we said ’just go home,’" said Dave Lewis. "He’s coming on the trip, though."
Asked if he would play tomorrow, coach said, "If he feels better."
Coach was then questioned if having Allen play forward, which was assumed to be a practice only development might turn into a reality if Bochenski is unable to go on Saturday.
"He looked pretty good," deadpanned Lewis, who sighed and said, "I haven’t really thought of it, no."
Nobody was more relieved at this than Bobby, himself, who had admitted earlier that his trademark smile may have been hiding the fact that he wasn’t quite sure of himself out there next to Bergy and Sturmie.
As far as an update on Shean Donovan, Coach said "He has a brand new leg brace and he rode the bike. That’s it."
Donovan should return "before the season is out."
Glen Murray is still working.
"The trainers are thinking maybe later next week (that) he might get out and do some skating on his own -- just laps. But that’s depending on how he (feels) this weekend and if his strength is good. And then he’ll just get on the ice by himself," said Lewis.
And as far as P.J. Axelsson goes, the team "just has to wait for it to heal."
The team was scheduled to fly to New York at 2 p.m. and hopefully they are in the Big Apple as we speak...