BRIGHTON, Mass – Patrice Bergeron is one of the favorite sons of Quebec City, but that wasn’t enough to get him into the lineup for the Bruins Monday night preseason opener vs. the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City. The 32-year-old Bergeron is coming off sports hernia surgery as a potential reason behind starting him off a little slowly with game action during the preseason, but there are clearly no red flags with him as No. 37 hasn’t seen any limitations or limited reps through the first weekend of training camp.
Bergeron seemed to have an inkling he wasn’t playing in this one when he spoke with the media a couple of days ago, but was still happy that his fellow Quebecois would get another front row seat to NHL hockey this week.
“It’s my hometown and you only get to go there so often, so it would be nice,” said Bergeron on Saturday. “But at the same time I don’t know what’s in the plan. It’s to them I guess and we’ll see what happens. I’ll play whenever they give me the tap on the shoulder, and that’s it. I’m ready to go whenever. I’m just trying to get better in practice right now, and I’m just happy that my hometown gets a little bit of NHL hockey at least. Hopefully eventually they get it full time back there.”
As Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy alluded to on Sunday, it will be a very young lineup that travels to Quebec City on Monday night to play at the Videotron Centre, and will include NHL veterans Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner and Kevan Miller among others. Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Monday morning’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to the team leaving for Boston’s first meeting with Claude Julien and the Habs since he was fired by the B’s last season:
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: