Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return


Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return

By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON, Mass. Adam McQuaid missed the final two games of the series against the Philadelphia Flyers after suffering a sprained neck following a scary collision head-first into the Wells Fargo Center boards, but it appears the rangy 6-foot-5 defenseman will be ready to return once the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning begin.Coach Claude Julien said it was "looking good" for a McQuaid return.Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy played a grand total of 5:15 of ice time in the two games skating in place of McQuaid against the Flyers, meaning Julien basically went to a rotation of five defensemen once McQuaid went down.McQuaid made steady progress after going down and had skated for the first time on Friday in the morning prior to their Game 4 win over the Flyers that capped off the sweep at TD Garden. The hard-hitting defenseman is averaging 12:48 of ice time in the playoffs, and has three assists along with a plus-4 and seven shots on net in nine games thus far in the postseason as one of Bostons six trusted blue liners.The Bruins should be able to go with the highly successful pairings of Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg, Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk and Tomas KaberleAdam McQuaid against a Tampa Bay team looking to light them up on the scoreboard. Things are looking really good for McQuaid, so hopefully hell be back for the Tampa series, said Julien, as McQuaid skated on the Ristuccia Arena ice Sunday morning with the Black Ace reserves for the Bruins.
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Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks


Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

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.


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils

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’ll come.”

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: