WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins went back to work at Ristuccia Arena on Sunday morning after getting a rare Saturday off, but the players werent all accounted for on the ice.
Rugged 6-foot-5 defenseman Adam McQuaid was missing from the defensemen corps after playing 13:38 of ice time against the New York Islanders in Friday nights win and averaging 14:31 over the first four games of the season. McQuaid also dropped the gloves with Brian Boyle last week after the Rangers center fired a puck off his left leg after a whistle had blown the play dead on an off-sides call.
Claude Julien indicated at the start of the season that there would be many more maintenance days for his players in a shortened 48-game season. But the coach indicated that McQuaid was missing from practice -- and would be out for Monday night's game in Carolina -- due to "personal reasons." So extra defenseman Aaron Johnson will be in the lineup Monday night against the Hurricanes.
"He'll be back on Monday night," said Claude Julien, with the clear indication that he'll be available Tuesday night at home against the New Jersey Devils. "There are no injury issues. He won't meet us in Carolina."
Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo suited up in the green practice jerseys and skates as extras, but the rest of the lines and pairings will stay intact:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: