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Chara expected back Thursday; Krejci may need a bit longer


The Boston Bruins had a couple of key players back practicing today. And one of them sounds like he should be ready to play Thursday versus Chicago.

That one would be defenseman Zdeno Chara, who hasn’t played since hurting his knee on Oct. 23.

The other is center David Krejci, who hasn’t played since Nov. 18 due to a hip ailment.

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

The Bruins have been struggling of late, with just two wins in their last seven. But if Chara returns Thursday, they’ll have gone a reasonable 11-7-1 without their most important player in the lineup.

Bruins release veteran d-man White from AHL PTO


Longtime NHL defenseman Ian White has been released from his professional tryout with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence, per the Journal.

White, 30, scored a goal and five points in eight games with the B’s but finished his stint with a minus-5 rating. The former Leaf, Flame, Hurricane, Shark and Red Wing — who has over 500 big-league games on his resume — is probably done with the organization; Boston had nine defenseman practicing this morning, including the injured Zdeno Chara, meaning some of the club’s farmhands could be on their way back to Providence.

White’s last NHL action came with Detroit during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign. He spent part of last season with KHL Chelyabinsk before giving it a go with Providence this year.

Better than nothing: Bruins salvage two points from West Coast swing

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OK, so the Boston Bruins didn’t play very well in California. Didn’t play well and didn’t get the results in what is arguably the most difficult tour on the NHL schedule.

But then they head to Arizona, home of the currently struggling Coyotes, and come away with a convincing 5-2 victory on Saturday, salvaging two of a possible eight points on this four game West Coast swing that saw them lose in Anaheim, L.A., and San Jose.

Brad Marchand scored twice in the win over the Coyotes and is now up 100 NHL goals for his career. It was an important win for Boston, which keeps pace with the Toronto Maple Leafs, also victorious on Saturday, in the Atlantic Division.

“There were two desperate teams here tonight (and) somebody had to be hungrier than the other, and it was nice to see that it was us,” said Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Goalie nods: Luongo hopes to blank Buffalo once again

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Bobby Lou loves facing Buffalo

As many point out, Roberto Luongo has really pumped up his numbers against the Buffalo Sabres lately, as he carries a three-game shutout streak into Saturday’s game. That streak includes his past two starts versus Buffalo as a member of the Florida Panthers, so it’s not merely a matter of his days with the Vancouver Canucks.

Luongo’s been quite effective for Florida, in general, even if he hasn’t always received the best bounces (judging by the six in his 8-5-6 record). His .924 save percentage is a strong argument that he can make things work under most circumstances, even as people focus on a contract even he grew to hate.

The Sabres rode a hot streak with Jhonas Enroth pretty recently, yet it sounds like Michal Neuvirth will get the nod today.

Elsewhere …

Flyers at Kings: Steve Mason for sure on Philly’s end, probably Jonathan Quick for Los Angeles.

Capitals at Devils: Braden Holtby seems most likely, Cory Scheider for sure.

Canucks at Maple Leafs: Ryan Miller’s expected, Jonathan Bernier’s confirmed.

Rangers at Red Wings: Cam Talbot vs. Jimmy Howard.

Canadiens at Stars: Likely Carey Price vs. Kari Lehtonen.

Blue Jackets at Lightning: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Ben Bishop.

Blackhawks at Pekka Rinne: Best guess right now is Scott Darling vs. Pekka Rinne.

Bruins at Coyotes: Possibly Tuukka Rask, definitely Devan Dubnyk.

Sharks at Flames: Expected Antti Niemi vs. Karri Ramo.

Dale Weise is a first-line winger now

Dale Weise

Montreal forward, and Milan Lucic’s BFF, Dale Weise will be in a unique role tonight when the Habs visit Chicago — he’ll be playing on the club’s first line alongside Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.

More, from NHL.com:

The Canadiens had the same line combinations at their morning skate that they used in the third period of a 2-1 loss Wednesday at the Minnesota Wild. That means forward Dale Weise gets a chance to log top-line minutes at right wing, while PA Parenteau moves to right wing on the third line.

“I liked the way we played in that third period when we made those line changes,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “Hopefully we’re going to build on that. [Weise] has got an opportunity tonight and it’s up to him to make sure he’s got a solid game.”

Weise’s career has really taken off since getting traded to Montreal last season. After getting stymied by John Tortorella in both Vancouver and New York — Torts wasn’t a fan of Weise’s game — he’s flourished under Therrien, with four goals and 10 points through 24 games this year. That puts Weise on pace for a career-high 14G-34PTS, which would be extremely good value given Montreal’s only paying him $1.025 million annually this year and the next.