Following last night’s 5-3 win in Carolina and late flight into Boston, the Bruins (4-0-1) held off-ice workouts and meetings in preparation for their first of seven back-to-backs this season, when they face off against the New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) tonight at TD Garden.
Only five players hit the ice - none of whom skated in Monday night’s game - including Tuukka Rask, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo (still on a Professional Tryout Agreement), P-Bruin Jordan Caron (who is with the B’s for conditioning purposes), and Adam McQuaid, who had not traveled with the team to Carolina. With Khudobin making his first start last night, it can be assumed that Rask will get the call for Boston, while it’s expected Johan Hedberg (and not Martin Brodeuer) will make his first start this season for New Jersey tonight (as reported by Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere).
Head Coach Claude Juilien told media during pre game availability that McQuaid “is available” for tonight. “He’s skating this morning, so we’ll see where he is after morning skate. We’ll make a decision today, before the game.”
McQuaid spent the time away from the rink with his family, following his grandmother’s passing - something his teammates, coaches and the B’s all understood was important (condolences to Adam and his family on her passing - hockey is important, but family always comes first…)
"Pretty close family and it was important for me to get back and pay my respects, to be with my family," said McQuaid. "I’m really happy that I was able to do so, the team, the management, the coaches, my teammates; everyone was really supportive of it, that meant a lot."
"Hockey’s obviously a pretty important part of our life, but family, I think for everyone, comes first. I feel fortunate that I was able to be there."
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