Anyone hoping (including myself) that Dennis Seidenberg’s injury suffered in the third period of last night’s game officially had their hopes dashed this afternoon, as the Bruins announced that the 32 year old defenseman will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL against Ottawa.
Zach Trotman was called up on an emergency basis from Providence, and either he or David Warsofsky (who was recalled yesterday) will be in the lineup tonight against the Senators in Seidenberg’s place.
Aside from a typical Bruins post-holiday slow start, pretty much everything else went the way the Black and Gold drew it up last night as they stomped the visiting Ottawa Senators by a 5-0 score. Reilly Smith kept up his hot streak by adding two more goals, while linemates Patrice Bergeron (2 assists) and Brad Marchand (1G, 1A) added two points a piece for the B’s. Goaltender Tuukka Rask earned his league best fourth shutout of the season turning aside all 33 Senator shots that he faced.
With the Boston Bruins’ current lineup it’s a little hard to ask for style points on top of just getting wins, so it’s not a total surprise that they had their hands full with a young Edmonton Oilers squad last night. Fortunately though the Bruins they were able to pick up right where they left off in Calgary two nights before, scoring three times in an eight minute stretch in the first period, which would be enough offense to get the job done as they were able to hold on for a 4-2 victory. Chad Johnson, in the Boston net for an ill Tuukka Rask, stopped 39 Edmonton shots for the victory, his sixth of the season.
Continuing our look at the best fantasy hockey choices on the Bruins for the upcoming 2013-14 season, we move on to the blueliners. Unlike the forward crew who were relatively easy to rate, the defensive possibilities for next season are still pretty unclear. There are a couple sure choices and then a large group of “could be’s” to consider on your draft day. Let’s take a look.
With just a few points separating the Boston Bruins from the middle of the playoff pack, and with the rival Montreal Canadiens (tied with the Bruins in points in the standings) in action in Winnipeg, the black and gold couldn’t afford another disappointing showing like the one on display Tuesday in Philadelphia. It would appear as if they received that message loud and clear last night, putting forth a solid, workman-like effort to earn a 2-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille did the scoring and Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 shots he faced, including some dazzling saves on Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos, to lead the Bruins to the win.