New Bruin Carl Soderberg does in fact exist and is on the ice today for morning skate with his new teammates. He’s rotating in with Greg Campbell, David Krejci and Jaromir Jagr, and most likely will be a healthy scratch tonight. He could make his debut Friday when the Bruins take on the Penguins.
Brad Marchand is skating again today as well, back with former linemates Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Coach Claude Julien, according to those in the know, confirmed after the skate that both Marchand and Bergeron will in fact be in the lineup tonight.
In somewhat surprising news, Milan Lucic is (finally) taking shifts with Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley on the fourth line. This would be the first major demotion for Looch (aside from being taken off the power play against the Hurricanes), so if this lineup sticks it will be interesting to see how the big man responds.
Defenseman Wade Redden will also make his Bruins debut.
7:30 pm puck drop tonight, NBC Sports Network. Don’t miss the anthem.
For the first 28 minutes of the game between the Bruins and Maple Leafs last night, it appeared the more things change the more they stay the same. With coach Claude Julien rolling out new line combinations in an attempt to spell his team’s recent struggles, the black and gold found themselves with a familiar 2-0 deficit eight minutes into the second period after a Nikolai Kulemin goal. But shortly after B’s forward Milan Lucic – stuck in a 15 game goal-less slump heading into the game – finally was able to break through and slip a puck past Toronto goalie James Reimer to put the Bruins on the board. Patrice Bergeron followed that up with a third period equalizer and then earned the two points for Boston with an impressive deke in the shootout, giving the Bruins just their second win in five games.
In a move that most Bruins fans have been calling for for a while now, it appears that coach Claude Julien has finally switched up his forward line combinations in an effort to spark his squad after dropping three of their last four games. The new trios were on display during practice at TD Garden today, with the most notable of the moves being Milan Lucic. The B’s struggling big man, who hasn’t scored in his last 15 games, now drops to the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron.
You didn’t read that headline wrong. Though Marcus Johansson technically got credit for the Washington goal, the puck that got past Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin didn’t come off a the stick of a Capitals player. A net front David Krejci clearing attempt ricocheted off Johnny Boychuk’s skate and into the net, in what was one of the few mistakes Boston made all afternoon. Aside from that play, the Bruins put together one of their better efforts of the season, especially the recently criticized line of Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The trio exploded for a combined nine points on the afternoon, leading the B’s to their second straight win.
Game 21: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, March 7th, 7pm, TD Garden, Boston
TV: NESN, TSN Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
For just the second time this year the Bruins are coming off back to back losses, and with the way the past two games have played out, they’ve got some work to do. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in town tomorrow night, and they aren’t nearly as bad as they usually are. Toronto sits just three points behind the Bruins in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division standings, and has won two games in a row. The Leafs have also been far better on the road (9-4-0) this season than they have at home (5-5-0), which adds to the Bruins troubles. The B’s did knock off Toronto with a 1-0 win back on February 2nd in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but they’ll need a similar effort to get their game back on track after two subpar performances.