BOSTON Rich Peverley will get the first crack at the top line in Nathan Hortons spot if the pregame warm-ups are any indication. Peverley skated on the right wing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic during warm-ups, and adds a speedy option to the wing paired with the brawn and playmaking of Lucic and Krejci.Peverley has, however, had some problems hitting the net as he did with a wide open bid in Game 2 that could have provided the Bs with some insurance in Vancouver. The shifty winger has two goals and seven assists in 21 games during the playoffs while moving around several different spots and roles in the lineup.Though that appears to be the way things will start for the Bruins, dont be surprised if Michael Ryder or Tyler Seguin see a little time there for the Black and Gold as things move along. Its a really fluid situation for Claude Julien and the Bs as Lucic, Krejci and Horton were the bedrock that the team was built around this season.Ryder was thought to give the Bruins the player most similar to Horton in terms of shooting ability and style, but hell start things off with Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly on Bostons third line. The Canucks are starting Tanner Glass in place of Jeff Tambellini after the Vancouver fourth liner had a tough effort in Game 3, and Glass will provide more of a Shawn Thornton-type effect on the game. Looks the Canucks are attempting to match Bostons injection of energy and toughness from Monday night.
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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: