See Ya! Boston Bruins Begin Road Trip...
Wednesday, 11.28.2007 / 6:09 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
|No, the B's jet is not painted Black & Gold.
We've made it to FLA and Our Boys and I are going to enjoy an evening off in the 86-degree weather down here.
Nice place this Florida...
Palm trees are pretty cool, by the way -- but goodness knows how hard it must be to get ready for a game when you walk into the rink from the hot weather. However, I am pretty sure the B's (as led by head coach Claude Julien) will have no troubles with that.
So, I have to say, my flight skills are still not very good.
When Bear Force One banked into a tight right turn today, I ended up remaining white knuckled all the way into the airport with my "compatriots" laughing at me the whole way.
I still feel a little motion sick, which is a recent development, too. Ugh.
Now that we have landed and made the hotel, as I sit here, I have just checked two e-mail addies, my blackberry, my IM and "spoke" to approximately four people at the same time.
Ain't modern life grand?
Although, I have to say that being able to keep in touch with The General (my wife) easily, is pretty nice.
Back to the ice
Some good news, for once.
Mr. Lucic and Mr. Alberts are on the trip and both look ready to go. That means that the Bruins are carrying an extra forward -- I guess in the form of Vladimir Sobotka. And they are also carrying an extra defenseman -- defaulting to the form of Matt Hunwick.
One bad note.
Manny Fernandez remains on the shelf, and his ouchie has moved from knee to back.
"The medical staff feel like he needs at least another week to rehab his back," said Coach Julien. "He needs therapy on it for it to get stronger before we throw him back on the ice.
"We were expecting to see him start today and the news wasn't what we thought we were going to get."
How about Mr. Ference?
"Well, he's still not on the ice," continued Julien. "Obviously, he has started to do some on ice stuff, but he is not ready to come on the ice, yet."
Beyond those injuries, and Bergy, the Bruins will look to create some continuity in their game, especially since the club scored six goals versus the Flyers.
"You can look at every line and (see) that they all did something good last game," said the coach, before ticking off nice moments for each of the combos. "Everyone did a nice job offensively and I guess part of it is (if it's not broke) don't fix it.
"And I want to give the guys a little chance to build some chemistry by staying together for more than a couple of games."
Chemistry is also built on roadies, too. And with so many days between now and home, this club will have a real chance to solidify.