B’s Practice at Carleton University
OTTAWA, ON - Following Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Senators, the Bruins stayed in Ottawa and held practice Friday morning at Carleton University, “Canada’s Capital University” before jetting to Toronto to continue the Canadian road trip.
Only four Bruins did not skate, with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference staying off the ice to rest.
Ference had played most the night on the off side (left side) with Chara, after Coach had switched around the defensive pairings in McQuaid’s absence (shoulder strain, 3-4 weeks), logging 22:40 in ice time, just behind Zee.
Coach has said finding the proper balance of rest and staying sharp is very important during the shortened season - hence, the rest day for those four.
The brief practice saw a high-energy B’s group run through skating drills, net-front deflections and breakouts after faceoffs, among others, with skate ending on a spirited shootout.
Here were the jersey color schemes, with the makeshift line of Seguin, Spooner and MacDermid in the absences of Marchand and Bergeron.
The other four defensemen were all on (Johnson, Hamilton, Seidenberg - always smiling and definitely reason for it today! - and Boychuk), as well as both goaltenders.
Of note: Rich Peverley spoke to media postpractice about being a healthy scratch last night vs Ottawa, so look for a story with his thoughts later today on BostonBruins.com.
-Caryn Switaj ^CS