WINNIPEG, MB - When those in the spoked-B hit the ice for their pregame skate on Thursday morning at the MTS Centre, the players represented those in tonight's lineup against the Jets.
With Patrice Bergeron's line and the Merlot Line in the lineup, the second and third lines are full of the forwards competing for a spot on the opening night roster.
"It's good that you have those tough decisions," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, following the team's morning skate. "Who isn't here will likely end up in Providence and you run into injuries and so we need those guys to be able to step into our lineup and play."
BostonBruins.com - For the first time during training camp, besides a split-squad scrimmage, the Bruins were all joined together in one practice on Wednesday morning before traveling to Winnipeg for their final two preseason games against the Jets.
The newcomer to the B's organization this summer has been getting the look on that line for the past two games, first in a 2-0 win in Detroit, and then in the 3-2 overtime win over the Capitals at TD Garden, where he assisted on Kelly's game-winner.
"It's been good so far; we've definitely gotten a little lucky on a couple of chances, especially Kells the other night on the OT winner," he said, before heading on the road to Winnipeg.
Smith always has the aura about him that he's just happy to be here, no matter how it turns out come opening night.
BostonBruins.com - With Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban already getting their chance to start a preseason game between the pipes, Thursday night in Winnipeg against the Jets will be Niklas Svedberg's turn.
"He’s getting a full game [Thursday]," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the team's skate at TD Garden on Wednesday, before making the trip north of the border.
"And that means that we still have to look at him closely and decide which one of the two we’re going to start with."
The other goalie in question, of course, is Chad Johnson. The netminder made a case for himself in the 2-0 shutout of Detroit, stopping all 18 shots he faced, though he received ample help from his skaters in front of him (nothing new for the B's solid defensive system) and one game isn't necessarily the deciding factor for Julien and the B's brass on who will remain with the club as the backup to start 2013-14.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins hit the ice at TD Garden on Wednesday morning before heading north of the border to face the Jets on Thursday (September 26) in Winnipeg and on Friday (September 27) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Besides Sunday's split-squad scrimmage, it marked the first time all B's were on the ice together during training camp.
"Absolutely it's a lot different, pretty much the whole camp we've playing with half the team so it's good to see everyone out there, be able to play with new guys and nice to have a couple more bodies on the ice, get a little more rest in because it's been a tough camp so far," said Reilly Smith following the roughly hour-long skate.
And having the group altogether for the first time, means more team time on the road.
"It’s fun, I’m excited to get on the plane with the guys and hangout all together and it’s always good bonding time when we’re out on the road, especially with this group of guys," smiled defenseman Torey Krug. "It’s such a brotherly atmosphere. It’s a lot of fun."
With only two more preseason games before final decisions have to be made for the 23-man opening night roster, players like Krug are eyeing one of those spots.
BOSTON, MA - When the Bruins' home opener on October 3 comes around, Head Coach Claude Julien will have submitted his 23-player opening night roster to the league.
And if the trend during training camp continues, the decisions the B's bench boss and management have to make to get down to that magic number won't get any easier.
"I think it’ll come right down until the end to make those last few calls," Julien told reporters recently. "Because what we’ve got right now, we’ve got a lot of discussions on certain players."
Those discussions are likely revolving around the competition among those looking to crack the third line, or earn a spot on the blueline, with a slew of newcomers and young player impressing throughout camp.
"There’s quite a few guys in the mix. That’s some of the stuff I alluded to [this week] by saying we’re going to have some tough decisions to make at the end," Julien said following the B's 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on September 23 at TD Garden.
BOSTON, MA - Those in attendance at TD Garden got a fight night on Monday in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime preseason win over the Washington Capitals, with five bouts of dropping the gloves fueled by skaters trying to make their clubs' opening night rosters.
Included in that mix was an extended hammering, featuring the bruiser himself, Milan Lucic.
BostonBruins.com - You can watch Ryan Spooner during practice or in a game. No matter the situation, you'll always notice his speed and slick hands.
When I sat above the TD Garden ice on Monday morning, watching him quarterback a power-play unit from the half wall, the way he weaved in and out of the right faceoff circle, stickhandling, with his head up, quickly registering all of his options, as his other four teammates moved their feet down low, up top, in front of the net, I saw a hint of David Krejci.
Spooner, after all, was the forward recalled from Providence during the 2012-13 season - in his first year pro - on an emergency basis, when Krejci was deemed day-to-day. He suited up on March 19, in Krejci's spot alongside Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, and impressed Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien enough that he played two nights later, with Rich Peverley as a healthy scratch.
BOSTON, MA - We're four games into the preseason, with the fifth on tap tonight at TD Garden, as the Bruins host the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. (ET).
In preparation, the group of B's playing tonight hit the ice for a morning skate, with the second group of skaters following up with a tough hour-long session.
The last time out against the Caps, the Bruins took the 3-2 shootout win at Baltimore Arena, thanks to Carter Camper's goal in the eighth round of the shootout, and goals from Chris Kelly and Justin Florek.
The B's will be icing a more veteran lineup this time around, especially on the back end, with Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid all in the lineup, joined by Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller (the pair served as a solid pairing in Providence last season).
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Monday, September 23, that the following players will be in the lineup for the Bruins preseason game against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET.
BOSTON, MA - On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins had come off a 2-0 win in Detroit in their fourth preseason game, and Head Coach Claude Julien decided that, in the midst of a long, tiring training camp, his team needed an competitive split-squad scrimmage.
It energized the group, three fourths of which had played in Saturday night's victory over the Red Wings. It was the first time both camp groups had been mixed together on the ice, something indicative of the fact that we're only 11 days away from the B's season opener at TD Garden.
"I think it’ll come right down until the end to make those last few calls because what we’ve got right now, we’ve got a lot of discussions on certain players," Julien told media at TD Garden following the scrimmage.
"We’re getting closer and closer to bringing our roster to what we need it to be. But like I’ve said, we’ve got three games here, we’ve kept enough players to look at those players we need to evaluate for those last spots."