Boston, MA -Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 27, that the club has claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off waivers. The former Ottawa Senator will join the club after his United States work visa has been secured.
In 19 games with the Senators this season, Daugavins has registered one goal and two assists with nine penalty minutes. That one goal came against the B’s on March 21 in Ottawa, and fans may remember this March 11th shootout attempt on Tuukka Rask.
To read the official press release, click here.
By the way, the Riga, Latvia native’s name is pronounced “KAS-purz DAH-gah-vihnsh.”
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
OTTAWA, ON - When the Bruins hit the ice in their white & black jerseys around 11:30 this morning for pregame skate at Scotiabank Place before facing the Senators tonight, there was a welcomed addition to the group: David Krejci.
The center skated for the first time since leaving late in the third period during Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh after getting hit by a puck in front. Following this morning’s skate, he said that he “felt good” out on the ice and that “we’ll decide, me and coach, we’re going to decide tonight if I’ll play tonight or not.”
Krejci had been biking and got in a workout yesterday (none of the B’s skated Wednesday, as they the day off in Ottawa, after playing four games in six days), but this morning was the first time he had hit the ice.
“The first two days felt awful,” Krejci said. “Then yesterday I woke up and it was so much better. Today was better again. So, it’s a game-time decision, we’ll see.”
The first line rushes of the morning saw Krejci centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, after Ryan Spooner had been given the opportunity to assume that role Tuesday night in Winnipeg, with Krejci out day-to-day at the time.
On the defensive end, GM Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday afternoon that Adam McQuaid had sustained a shoulder strain and returned to Boston for further evaluation, with the possibility of being out 3-4 weeks. McQuaid had left the game in Winnipeg early in the first period and did not return the rest of the night, before Chiarellli issued teh update Wednesday.
In his place, Aaron Johnson is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Senators. Johnson has only played in five games this season, but has been the seventh defenseman the B’s have relied upon to easily step in the lineup when called upon.
“It’s a tough job to come in and not have played for a few weeks here and there,” said Seidenberg on Johnson stepping into the lineup. “But he’s been doing a great job keeping himself in shape and being game ready. I don’t think we expect anything else tonight.
“Every time somebody goes out of the lineup, you’ve got to pick up the slack. Quaider’s a physical presence and AJ’s the same player, play tough and keep the game simple. As a whole, we have to just keep playing solid, simple hockey and we’ll be fine.”
Here are the first line rushes from morning skate:
MacDermid and Spooner also cycled into rushes. During skate, Chara, Boychuk and Ference were rotating as defensive pairings at one end, with Seidenberg, Hamilton and Johnson at the other.
The B’s stayed out for a longer skate, having had yesterday off, so they all filed off together after Chara led the center-ice stretch, with Anton Khudobin stepping off the ice right in front of Tuukka Rask. As such, I’ll wait to see who leads the team out for warm ups and therefore, starting between the pipes opposite Robin Lehner for the Sens.
Stayed tuned to BostonBruins.com for the latest “Bruins Beat” video from morning skate, along with pregame feature stories, and you can follow lineup info heading into tonight on Twitter @NHLBruins…
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
OTTAWA, ON - Game in and game out, I listen to opposing teams’ thoughts on facing the Boston Bruins. And game in…and game out…the players and coaches talk about the B’s as a measuring stick for their hockey clubs.
I can credit part of this to the gentlemanly nature of the sport (and part to the parity in the NHL), of teams always applauding their opponents, the Bruins and otherwise, for their hard-fought efforts.
The B’s 16-3-3 record - and best road stand in the East at 8-1-2 - obviously plays a large role, when opponents take a look at the standings.
But more often than not, it’s the physicality of the Black & Gold, and their ability to roll four lines in stride, that make them one of the toughest tests of not only the East, but most likely, the NHL.
“It’s going to be a good test for us, but a fun one as well,” said Senators captain Daniel Afredsson following his team’s morning skate at Scotiabank Place.
“They’re a team that’s not going to give you much, you’re going to have to earn it. You have to play solid.”
Alfredsson said one of the key’s for a team facing the B’s, especially at home, is getting the early lead and getting some jump into the building.
“They just do everything right. They’re the best in probably the league top to bottom. Depth-wise, goaltending group, they’re very good, they’re very hard to play against,” Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean said without hesitation this morning, as he stood at his press conference podium, following Ottawa’s skate.
“They play the game, they just wear you out. They just keep coming over and over and over and over again. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the best team in the league, so we got a game on our hands here tonight. We better show up ready to play. We got to play a whole 60 minutes, otherwise they’re going to knock us out. ”
“The structure of our game is important, and our work ethic, we have to match their work ethic. The Bruins’ game is always physical, and we have to make sure that we equal that physicality to have a chance.”
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
OTTAWA, ON - All of the Bruins took the ice in Ottawa this morning around 11:30 a.m. at Scotiabank Place in preparation for the second of five meetings (and first of two in Ontario) with the Senators.
The match-up tonight will involve the East’s best road team in the Bruins (8-1-2) against the best home team in the Sens (9-1-2). B’s come in having won two straight after the minor two-game setback. Though Ottawa is 6-2-2 in their last 10, they lost four straight on the road before a 3-2 win over the Rangers at MSG gave their ever-changing, injury-ridden lineup some life heading into tonight.
During line rushes for the Bruins at morning skate, the lineup looked the same as on Saturday against Philly. Tuukka Rask was first off at skate and as such, I’ll expect to see him between the pipes tonight, coming off his 3-0 shutout on Saturday, opposite Robin Lehner (who confirmed he’ll be in goal for the Sens).
Lighter Side: As per usual, the B’s gathered for team stretch at center ice before breaking up to work on different aspects of their game (faceoffs, point shots, etc.) In an opposing rink where B’s once played, they usually get summoned to lead the stretch - though today, Chris Kelly had to give Zee a little prodding before he joined his ex-Sen at center ice….
Projected Boston lines from morning skate:
Though Jay Pandolfo also rotated in on the Kelly line, it looks as though Caron earned his spot on the line with his solid season debut on Saturday, battling hard in the corner to set up Kelly for his second of the season.
Game time tonight is 7:30 p.m. You can follow along live on BostonBruins.com and on Twitter @NHLBruins. NESN has your TV coverage, and 98.5 The Sports Hub your radio.
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
It’s just our character how we’ve been the past years, we just find ways to win no matter how we play. It’s good to get the wins but we have to be better.
During pregame skate today at TD Garden, all of the B’s hit the ice, with no changes to the lineup, prior to facing the Ottawa Senators in the first of five meetings this season. Tuukka Rask was first off and should get the call in goal tonight, opposite Robin Lehner for Ottawa, who will be making his first start this season (Lehner actually started in Boston one year ago tonight, picking up a 1-0 win).
Rask: This season, Tuukkaa has a 10-1-2 record, with 1.89 GAA, .930 Save %
vs Ottawa: 2-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .952 Save % with one shutout in three career games.
Lehner: Starting his first game this saeson, and is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 Save % with one shutout in two career games against Boston
With no lineup changes, here is what we can expect for Boston tonight:
Senators Head Coach Paul MacLean said no lineup changes can be expected for his club either, besides the new starter in goal.
-Caryn Switaj ^CS