DETROIT — The Bruins hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for practice on Tuesday afternoon in Detroit, after earning a 4-3 shootout win in Toronto on Monday.
Winners of three straight games, including back-to-back victories against the Leafs, the Bruins find themselves in a playoff spot with 23 points and just one point back of the Red Wings, stressing the importance of this stretch of divisional matchups.
“Hopefully we thrive on that and we take advantage of our situations given to us,” said Head Coach Claude Julien. “And it would be nice to see us move up in the standings.”
The Black & Gold will play the Wings on Wednesday night, right before the all-important Thanksgiving marker.
“It’s a big deal for us,” Jimmy Hayes said following practice. “People preach that it’s early in the season, but put yourself in a position to be in a good spot early and hold onto that spot — continue to develop our game and continue to stay in the picture and in the playoff hunt.”
BOSTON — The Bruins celebrated back-to-back home wins for the first time all season, as “Dirty Water” pumped through TD Garden on Saturday night.
It came as a result of a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they followed up Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Boston had alternated a win and a loss for six straight games before breaking the trend. They capped off a five game homestand at 3-2-0.
“We keep using the word consistency,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. “I think it’s a real good win — we’ve just got to keep trying to play the same way night after night. If we play that way every night, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win.”
The game remained remained scoreless through 40 minutes, with solid goaltending at both ends of the ice, thanks to Tuukka Rask and James Reimer.
Zdeno Chara broke the stalemate with 3:43 left in the third period, when he walked in from the left point with time, stayed patient and ripped a shot through Reimer’s five-hole as David Krejci provided a screen.
Bruins defensive coach Doug Houda had given him the tip to pick that spot on the Leafs’ netminder, who was 5-0-0 in five straight starts coming into TD Garden and had gone 23 straight periods without allowing more than one goal.
BOSTON — Forward Frank Vatrano remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will be unavailable to suit up for Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at TD Garden (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
Vatrano sustained the injury in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota, when he was hit hard into the end boards by the Wild’s Nate Prosser. He did not practice on Friday.
“Yeah, Frank will miss tonight,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed pregame on Saturday morning. “He’s still day-to-day, but will miss tonight. He should be practicing with us [on Sunday] is what I presume. So that’s how close he’s getting.”
With only 11 forwards (defenseman Joe Morrow helped fill at forward during Friday’s practice to compensate), the Bruins recalled Max Talbot from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis for Saturday’s game.
WILMINGTON — Defenseman Kevan Miller was absent from Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, as the Bruins got back to work following Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden.
Miller left Tuesday’s game in the third period and did not return. His last shift ended with 10:44 left in the game.
“Right now, all I can tell you is he’s got an upper body injury,” Head Coach Claude Julien said following practice. “I don’t know the details of what’s come up with the assessment, and we’ll try and give you guys some more when we do. So right now, I don’t have more other than to tell you he’s upper body.”
Besides Miller, the rest of the group hit the ice for an hour skate.
BOSTON — The Bruins were feeling optimistic after their 3-1 win over Detroit on Saturday night. They played a 60-minute game, they played solid defensively and they minimized their mistakes.
The potential was there to put up back-to-back wins for the first time since a stretch of four straight victories at the end of October.
But they didn’t carry that plan through, following up the victory three days later with a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
“It’s really frustrating, it’s things that we’ve talked about and it keeps happening,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Obviously we wanted to build on the last game, it’s not even close to the effort that we want.”
The defeat leaves the Bruins 2-6-1 on home ice this season. The Black & Gold were already on standings watch, sitting two points back of Detroit, Florida and Tampa Bay entering the game.
BOSTON — Defenseman Colin Miller is available for Tuesday night’s game against San Jose at TD Garden.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
The blueliner was back at practice on Monday with no restrictions after a lower-body injury kept him out of Saturday’s game against Detroit and Friday’s practice.
“We’ll see what happens tonight here,” Miller said after Tuesday morning’s pregame skate at TD Garden. “I felt good, so we’ll just wait and see.”
With Miller healthy and Dennis Seidenberg’s recent return from his back injury, the Bruins have eight healthy defensemen available to play, and all vying for time in the lineup.
WILMINGTON — Ask any Bruin — or Head Coach Claude Julien — about the team’s inconsistency, and they’ll all point to a distinguishing factor.
“I think right now, it is mental,” Patrice Bergeron said following the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday. “It’s details, and it comes down to mental mistakes and bearing down.”
The Bruins dropped a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at TD Garden after having an early 2-0 lead, with a tie game after the second. They fell to 1-5-1 at home and 1-4-0 in their past five games.
“I think the work ethic’s in here and we just need to find that — I think it’s more of a little bit of a mental thing,” said Kevan Miller. “A mental hurdle we need to get over.”
“Well, it is mental. It is mental. No doubt about it,” reiterated Julien. “When you can’t sustain your game for that long, it’s always more mental than anything else.”
BOSTON — The Bruins have had no problem starting in games.
They struck in the first period for the 10th straight game on Thursday night at TD Garden, as they hosted the Colorado Avalanche to begin a season-high five-game homestand.
They jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:12 in when Zdeno Chara fired one in amid havoc around the crease. Ryan Spooner made it 2-0 at just 5:51 into the opening frame with the League’s top power play converting once again.
The problem wasn’t the start.
For the third time at home this season, the Bruins saw their two-goal lead evaporate. They allowed three unanswered goals from the Avalanche as they dropped a 3-2 loss.
“Well, it’s the same old, same old I guess,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said as he started his press conference following the loss. “You know, we’re off to a good start again and you’ve got a 2-0 lead and instead of continuing to play your game, you start seeing some long passes that end up in icings, you saw some turnovers at the blueline.”
BOSTON — Dennis Seidenberg could be making his season debut on Thursday night at TD Garden as the Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche (7:00 p.m. ET, NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
The defenseman will take warmups and is a game-time decision.
“There’s a good possibility he’ll play tonight,” Head Coach Claude Julien said following Thursday’s pregame skate.
Seidenberg missed all of training camp after undergoing preseason back surgery on Sept. 24. His last game came at the end of the 2014-15 season, on April 11.
Torey Krug is also expected to take warmups and be a game-time decision. The blueliner spent the past three days off the ice “dealing with something small,” as General Manager Don Sweeney told media on Wednesday.
“He looked OK but we’re kind of reserving the right to make a game-time decision there,” Julien said Thursday morning.
WILMINGTON — David Pastrnak was absent from practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, as the Bruins returned to work following Monday’s off day.
He did not travel on the Bruins’ recent three game road trip, where they went 1-2-0, picking up a win on Sunday against the New York Islanders after losses to Washington and Montreal.
Pastrnak has not skated in more than a week. He had a bone contusion on his foot after taking a puck there on Oct. 27 when the Bruins played the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden.
“He’s still not ready to go obviously,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following Tuesday’s practice. “Again, I haven’t much from our training staff but to me, they told me he’s not available. So it doesn’t look good I guess as we speak, because of that.”
“I thought I was expecting him to maybe be back today, so we’ll see what comes out of that.”