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McQuaid out 6-8 weeks with broken thumb

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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb, the club announced today.

McQuaid suffered the injury last night versus the Blues. The 28-year-old has appeared in all 20 Boston games this season, logging almost 20 minutes a night.

The good news for the Bruins, who remain without their best defenseman, the injured Zdeno Chara, is that blue-liner Kevan Miller (upper body) is nearing a return to the lineup.

Boston plays in Columbus on Friday.

Related: Chara updates rehab progress, calls its ‘such a slow process’

Krejci rejoins Bruins after four-game absence

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The Boston Bruins got a boost in their game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday as David Krejci has returned from a lower-body injury.

The team projected that he would skate alongside Seth Griffith and Milan Lucic.

Krejci missed four straight games due to the injury and he’s been absent for six of Boston’s last seven contests. With Krejci returning, Kevan Miller is a healthy scratch. Brad Marchand will also miss the game, but he’s out due to an undisclosed injury.

The Blues are going for their fourth straight win as they try to preserve their hold on the Central Division title. Boston is 11-8-0 so far this season.

Goalie nods: Sharks go back to Grosenick

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All the latest from the crease…

Grosenick gets second straight start

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s what the San Jose Sharks are thinking for tonight’s game in Buffalo, as they’ll start rookie netminder Troy Grosenick for the second straight game, following a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut against Carolina on Sunday.

Grosenick, an undrafted free agent, is up with the Sharks because of an injury to Alex Stalock. the 25-year-old was nothing short of brilliant against the ‘Canes over the weekend, which led to an emotional response from his father, who was in attendance for the shutout.

For Buffalo, Michal Neuvirth will get the nod.

Elsewhere…

Blues at Bruins: Brian Elliott vs. Tuukka Rask

Bolts at Isles: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jaroslav Halak

Wings at Jackets: Jimmy Howard vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Pens at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Preds at Leafs: Jonathan Bernier for Toronto, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Devils at Jets: Cory Schneider vs. Michael Hutchinson

‘Canes at Stars: Cam Ward vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on an Anaheim starter.

Caps at Coyotes: Braden Holtby vs. Mike Smith

Panthers at Kings: Roberto Luongo for Florida, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

 

 

Bruins grind out win, claim Marchand didn’t get injured

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It wasn’t pretty, but after fielding questions about their work ethic, maybe that’s half the point. The Boston Bruins gutted out a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, washing away some of the distaste after getting blown out in back-to-back games.

The win may or may not have come at a cost, though, depending upon how injured (or not) Brad Marchand really is.

Head coach Claude Julien seemed quite vague about it, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.

/Pictures a gloomy world in which teams shift from upper or lower-body descriptions to out two weeks with “being less than 100 percent.”

Again, it wasn’t the prettiest effort, as one could argue that the Hurricanes may have matched or exceeded Boston’s efforts:

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(Even-strength graph via Natural Stat Trick)

However you spin it, the Bruins have now won seven of their last nine games, which makes for a friendlier narrative than “losing two straight games while being outscored 11-2.”

Maybe most promisingly, Tuukka Rask looked awfully sharp and Milan Lucic drew some strong reviews from Haggerty.

Perhaps this something to build on, even if it arguably wasn’t the all-out effort Boston would have most preferred?

Goalie nods: Bob’s back

All the latest from the blue paint…

Finally some relief for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets broke their nine-game slump last night. Now they get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net.

It’s not fair to pin their nine-game losing streak on Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg alone – Bob was in net for the first two defeats in that skid – yet the Blue Jackets appear to be healing up. It’s an open question if they can dig themselves out of a month-sized hole, but Bobrovsky’s return seems like a sign of better things to come.

That said, Bobrovsky has some work to do himself. He’s just 4-4-0 with a .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. For a guy turning down extension offers in a contract year, that’s not up to snuff.

The San Jose Sharks are likely to trot out Antti Niemi against Bobrovsky.

Elsewhere …

Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward tries to continue his recent strong work for Carolina while Tuukka Rask attempts to turn things around for Boston.

Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota and Kari Lehtonen expected for Dallas.

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Anersen seeks redemption for Anaheim against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles.

Jets at Predators: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Pekka Rinne.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: James Reimer is expected for Toronto, Michal Neuvirth’s in for Buffalo.

Flyers at Canadiens: Ray Emery may get a rare start for Philly against Carey Price and Montreal.

Rangers at Penguins: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Islanders at Lightning: Chad Johnson vs. Ben Bishop.

Avalanche at Devils: Semyon Varlamov’s in for Colorado, Cory Schneider expected for New Jersey.

Capitals at Blues: Justin Peters vs. Brian Elliott.

Senators at Flames: Craig Anderson vs. Karri Ramo.