By Joe Haggerty
DETROIT The Bruins made some lineup changes in the wake of Fridays troubling 6-1 beating by the Red Wings, and the roster changes were pretty decisive.Mark Stuart was back in the Bs lineup after getting scratched for the last eight games, and Michigan native Steve Kampfer who had roughly 50 friends and family coming to the game to watch his NHL debut at his hometown rink at Joe Louis Arena got the healthy scratch treatment.Meanwhile Tyler Seguin was also back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last two games and played center. He scored the game's first goal early in the first period.
Fellow rookie Zach Hamill was a healthy scratch for the Black and Gold.Seguin is a 19-year-old thats trying to grow into an NHL-er and gain the consistency that goes along with it, said Julien. Hes a teen-ager playing against men, and hes trying to make all of those adjustments. We knew at some point hed be watching some games, so weve looked at it as a growing thing rather than a negative thing.Julien indicated that Kampfers game had slipped over the last handful of games for the Bs, and it amounted to difficult timing that saw the 22-year-old defenseman get scratched in his NHL home city against the team he grew up cheering for. Its certainly got to sting Kampfer not playing in front of the friends and family, and the Bruins have to hope the move acts as a motivation for a youngster that has plateaued recently.Kampfer had one assist in his last 10 games, was only a plus-1 over that time and had seen his ice time drop below 20 minutes over the last two games leading into the healthy scratch Sunday afternoonvs. Detroit in front of a national NBC audience.I know its difficult timing with Kampfer, butweve got to make decisions for the right reasons, said Julien, referring to the typical excitement centered around a young player making his debut in his home city. Weve talking to him for a while now about his game and in the quick decision-making department area hes been struggling now for a bit, and thats his biggest area of strength. Hes having a tough time with it.Were going to sit back there, keep working with him and get him back on track.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.
*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.
*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.
*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.
*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.
*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?
*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.
If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.
The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.
“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the team...it’ll come.”
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: