Bruins ‘hope’ Krejci can return against Avs

1 Comment

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien was hopeful when asked if his top center, David Krejci, would be available Monday against Colorado.

Krejci has missed the first three games of the season with an undisclosed injury suffered during the Bruins preseason game Oct. 4.

At the time, Julien called the injury a “very minor” issue.

On Sunday morning, Krejci skated on the team’s top line with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith, who was officially recalled prior to the team’s practice.

Bruins’ recall Griffith from Providence

12 Comments

The Boston Bruins have recalled Seth Griffith from the Providence Bruins and sent Craig Cunningham to the American Hockey League.

Griffith would be an option for Claude Julien as the Bruins prepare for a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche Monday.

The 21-year-old has one goal in two AHL games this season. He scored 20 goals and 50 points in 69 games last season with Providence – his first year as a professional.

Boston has struggled to score through its’ first three games netting just three goals.

The hope would be that Griffith, a more offensive player, can help jump start the struggling Bruins offense.

Without David Krejci in the lineup, both Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson have started slow.

Boston needs to try anything to help its’ goal scoring woes – come on down Mr. Griffith.

If he plays Monday, it would be his NHL debut.

Griffith was selected in the fifth round (131st overall) in 2011 by Boston.

Gagne calling? Caps blank Bruins 4-0

11 Comments

Alex Ovechkin’s first goal of the 2014-15 season ended up being all that the Washington Capitals needed on Saturday as they beat the Boston Bruins 4-0.

The Bruins came into this campaign with serious questions about their offense and haven’t answered many of them so far. They’ve been limited to three goals in their first three games, leaving Chris Kelly to lament about “two poor, poor efforts” to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.

Zdeno Chara believes that the Bruins need to keep their heads held high, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.

There are some silver linings beyond the blanket “it’s super early” statements. They haven’t been dominated in puck possession these past two losses, according to Hockey Stats.ca’s numbers:

source:

source:

You might chalk up Boston’s superior puck possession to score effects tonight – Washington was already up by two Ovechkin goals by the end of the first period – but at least the Bruins didn’t get dominated in every facet of the game.

The obvious key is to add some zip to the offense. The most obvious reason to be hopeful is that David Krejci is allowed to return to action, though he’s still considered day-to-day.

It’s a longer shot for this to make a difference, but the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi also reports that Simon Gagne might land an NHL deal with the team.

Shinzawa believes that nights like these will only improve his chances:

Either way, the Bruins are coming out of hibernation a little slowly so far, yet only the most reactionary would full-on panic.

Bruins say Marchand avoided warning for diving rule he hates

9 Comments

Boston Bruins pest Brad Marchand received the first embellishment penalty of the 2014-15 season, but Claude Julien told CSNNE.com that he isn’t getting a warning from the NHL. In fact, Julien said he isn’t even getting a call from the NHL about it.

That said, Julien thinks that Marchand should be careful about playing on the edge.

“That’s up to him to clean up, but it’s a situation he created,” Julien said. “I think he’s done a good job this year of staying focused, and just playing his game. Whether he gets in the other teams kitchen or not, that’s part of his game. It’s just about making sure you don’t lose the respect of the referees by chirping, or continuing to do things after the whistle when they tell him to stop.”

Apparently the 26-year-old isn’t just griping about the media, he’s also quite unhappy with the NHL’s new plan to out players who repeatedly embellish (or “dive,” if you want to be saltier about it). He vented about the alterations to WEEI, with the site’s blog providing a transcription:

“I think the new rule is a little absurd,” Marchand told WEEI.com Saturday. “It’€™s all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’€™re on their skates?”

“€œ … The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don’€™t agree with that. It’€™s all the discretion of the referee and you’€™ve got to try to play within the rules. We’€™re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’€™s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’€™ve got to live with it.”

Does the “pest” have a point or is he just beefing about something that might make him look bad? Or could it be a little of both?

Hamilton admits he was ‘bad’ in Bruins’ opener

4 Comments

The Boston Bruins weren’t perfect, but they were far from “bad” in beating the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, last night at TD Garden.

Dougie Hamilton on the other hand? Well, we don’t want to be mean, so let’s just say he was a bit further away from perfect than the majority of his teammates.

“I thought we were good; I thought I was bad,” Hamilton said, per the Boston Herald. “Everyone else played well and battled.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien concurred that his young d-man had a “tough night,” noting a few poor reads that led to odd-man rushes the other way.

“There were a couple of times he might have forced it (when) we didn’t have a forward coming back,” said Julien. “Normally Doug will read those plays better.”

Hamilton, 21, has always played under a pretty big spotlight; when you’re good enough to be a ninth overall draft pick, that’s the price you pay.

But that spotlight is even brighter now, given Johnny Boychuk’s departure to the Islanders, as well as the general consensus that Zdeno Chara’s minutes will need to be managed in order to keep the 37-year-old fresh for the playoffs.

Before the season started, Hamilton was feeling positive about his game.

“Physically I feel stronger, and with the skating I feel a little bit faster,” he said, per CSN New England. “I’m just more confident with the puck. I just need to keep improving that, and improving my D-zone [coverage] and my gaps.”

Like any young d-man, Hamilton is a work in progress. (Lest we forget where Chara was at the age of 21.)

Still, he knows he needs to be better, starting tonight in Detroit.

Related: With Chara on the decline, focus turns to Hamilton and Krug