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Anders Bjork called up for Bruins, will play tonight vs. Leafs

Anders Bjork called up for Bruins, will play tonight vs. Leafs

BRIGHTON – After a red-hot start in Providence, everybody will get a chance to look at Anders Bjork tonight in a big-boy Bruins uniform.

Bjork is skating with the Boston Bruins at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday morning ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the B’s will be down a forward as Karson Kuhlman (lower body) was once again missing from the practice ice.

“When he left [training camp] he was bringing lots of energy, he was on top of pucks and he was attacking the net. He did a lot of things well. He seemed stronger and sustained his shifts better. I think his defensive game has improved, so we’ll see if he’s prepared for that,” said Bruce Cassidy, of Bjork starting the game in an energy left wing role with Kuraly and Wagner. “And he’s got two very responsible players, so maybe he can add some offense to that group. We’ll see how he plays up there and then decide what we’ll do, and what the best fit will be up here.”

In order to make room for Bjork, David Krejci (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve by the Bruins after missing the last two games and not appearing on the practice ice sense then.

Kuhlman was injured at the end of the first period on Saturday night vs. Toronto when he was hit in the leg with a Jake DeBrusk shot, and ended up skating little more than nine minutes in the overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

Bjork has three goals and eight points to start the season for the P-Bruins, and was one of the last players cut by the Bruins in NHL training camp after finally looking healthy following two seasons cut short by shoulder surgeries. The Bruins could certainly use a speedy, skilled guy like Bjork if he’s playing at the level that made him one of Boston’s top forward prospects after leaving the Notre Dame hockey program early to sign with the Black and Gold.

It looks like Bjork may be starting the game on the fourth line based on the line rushes at morning skate, but Bruce Cassidy isn’t going to be afraid to mix and match based on the inconsistent play of his second and third lines so far this season.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on Tuesday’s morning skate:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Coyle-Ritchie

Bjork-Kuraly-Wagner

Heinen-Lindholm-Backes

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

 

Rask

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With Zach Senyshyn out for four weeks, Bruins call up Trent Frederic

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With Zach Senyshyn out for four weeks, Bruins call up Trent Frederic

BRIGHTON, Mass. — The Bruins are again digging deeper into their forward reserves as Zach Senyshyn will be out at least four weeks with a suspected knee injury suffered in Tuesday night’s loss to the Florida Panthers.

The 22-year-old Senyshyn had actually played pretty well since his call-up, with two points in four games and had generated some third-line chemistry with Anders Bjork, but that was all wiped away when he was done for the game early in the second period against Florida. With Senyshyn done for at least a month and David Backes, Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie also among the walking wounded up front, the B’s promoted 2016 first-round pick Trent Frederic to Boston for his first stint this season.

The 21-year-old Frederic is off to a bit of a slow start with the P-Bruins this season with five assists in 15 games along with a whopping 40 penalty minutes this year. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Frederic, who has played 15 career NHL games in Boston over the last few seasons, brings some needed size and muscle up front with both Backes and Ritchie currently missing from the lineup, and also gives the Bruins some versatility with his ability to play center or a power forward spot on the wing.

The injury news is par for the course right now for the Black and Gold as they prepare for an important Friday night game against the rival Maple Leafs in Toronto, and are missing some key components from their roster with an assortment of injuries a month into the season.

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Rask knows he 'can't be too satisfied' with the way his game his taken a slide

Rask knows he 'can't be too satisfied' with the way his game his taken a slide

BOSTON – There’s no denying the single biggest common thread through the Bruins' four-game losing streak.

The same Tuukka Rask that was brilliant in the first month of the season has hit a rough patch in November and that tough stretch continued as he coughed up four goals in the third period of a 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Rask is 1-2-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in four November starts and played a starring role as a liability in losses to Montreal and Florida the past week. It was Rask who was beaten in the first minute of the third period on a long-distance Aaron Ekblad shot where the goaltender admitted he was too deep in the net and it was Rask who didn’t shut off the post on Florida’s third goal scored by Mike Hoffman as Florida was storming back in the final 20 minutes.

“I should have been sharper in that third period,” lamented Rask. “There were a couple of soft goals and I let [the Panthers] kind of get some momentum. It’s a 60-minute game and we’ve been on the other side of it.”

It wasn’t quite as bad as the three soft goals he gave up that all clanged off his glove hand last week in Montreal, but it was far from vintage Rask at a time when a few different things are going wrong for the Bruins. Rask is still top five with a 2.16 GAA and eighth in the league with a .926 save percentage, but it’s a far cry from the .951 save percentage he racked up in 10 games in a red-hot October.

Clearly, Rask is going through the same kind of tough stretch that used to greet him the first month of the season, but this time, it’s hitting him after a brief, dominant stretch out of the starting gate. Perhaps the Bruins coaching staff will get a quicker hook with Rask the next time he shows signs of trouble as in the losses against Montreal and Florida, or Jaroslav Halak will be used with a little more frequency until Rask works out the kinks in his game.

At least the B’s No. 1 goaltender isn’t under any illusions about the way he’s played the past few games.

“In Montreal, I sucked. In Detroit, I felt okay. Today, in the last period there were a couple of soft goals, so I can’t be too satisfied,” said Rask. “But, hey, there’s a lot of hockey left.”

While it’s refreshing to hear the kind of accountability  Rask is putting out there, the Bruins aren’t going to go very far if Rask is talking too much about sucking and giving up soft goals. The B’s better hope that their top goalie gets locked back in pretty quickly so both the team and Rask can leave their early-season mini-slumps behind in the rear-view mirror.

 

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