Yesterday, they were together at practice.
Today, Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg were split up.
It’s all part of Boston’s preparation for the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that features two of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — each of whom center a different top line.
It’s been widely assumed that Bruins coach Claude Julien will deploy Chara and Seidenberg against the trio of Malkin, James Neal and Jarome Iginla.
Boston’s other top pairing of Johnny Boychuk and Matt Bartkowski — plus the Patrice Bergeron line up front — would then be assigned to Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis.
But it’s also possible Julien may go with the defensive pairings he had today at practice:
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“Maybe it’s pairing, maybe it’s separating,” Julien said earlier this week. “We’ll have something in mind by the time the first game comes around.”
That first game is Saturday in Pittsburgh.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.