The Bruins and Penguins have cancelled their morning skates today, April 19. We will provide further updates on the day’s schedule when appropriate.
BOSTON, MA - Nearly 48 hours after Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, the Bruins are hoping they can bring, if even for a few hours tonight, some relief to the people of Boston when they face off against the Buffalo Sabres in the first major sporting event since the tragedy.
“The one thing that I sense from our team is that we have the ability to maybe help people heal and find some reason to smile again, by giving them that, by representing our city properly,” said Coach Julien following pregame skate at TD Garden.
“To me, this is a time where you are proud to be associated with a professional team, even the NHL and all professional sports. When you look at the support this city has had from rivals and everything else, that are giving us support at this time, it’s amazing.”
“We have an opportunity here to make our city proud. I think we’re all in for it and hopefully we can do that for this city right now.”
Coach Julien and the B’s are battling with the feelings and emotions from the events, while also knowing they have a job to do tonight out on the ice.
And they started along that path with practice yesterday in Wilmington and today’s morning skate. Their energy out on the ice was also given a jolt by having all Bruins healthy, and the addition of Sweden native Carl Soderberg joining the B’s for the first time today.
Though Soderberg will not be in tonight’s lineup as he adjusts the Bruins’ system and NHL game, the B’s will get a lift with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both medically cleared and expected back in the lineup.
Bergeron has missed six games since sustaining his concussion on April 2 against Ottawa, while Marchand has been out of the lineup for two games, after suffering a mild concussion in New Jersey on April 10.
Here are the lines from morning skate:
Though Soderberg will not be in, he rotated into rushes mostly alongside Krejci and Jagr. Daugavins and Pandolfo look to be the healthy scratches, as they were rotating in and stayed on for extra work towards the end of skate.
As for defensemen, Coach Julien has a lot of healthy bodies to work with right now, and has opted to alternate his blueliners over the next two weeks to give them rest. Tonight, Coach said Wade Redden will be in, playing for the first time in the spoked-B.
It appears that Adam McQuaid might be a healthy scratch, as he stayed on for extra work at morning skate as well.
In regards to tonight’s starting goaltender, Anton Khudobin was the first goalie off, though Tuukka Rask followed not long after. Follow @NHLBruins tonight for full lineup info beginning with warm-ups at 7:00 p.m.
Reminder that tonight’s game is being carried on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. Can’t wait to see the energy-filled, packed TD Garden….