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Kevan Miller among expected absences at start of Bruins training camp

Kevan Miller among expected absences at start of Bruins training camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. — The Bruins will start the on-ice portion of NHL training camp with less than full participation on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

B’s defensemen John Moore (shoulder surgery), Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) and forward Joakim Nordstrom (fractured foot) have already been ruled out from skating with the group on Friday, and it could be a while before any of those players get skating. In addition, veteran players like Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron (groin) may also be eased in by skipping the opening on-ice portion of camp as they bring everybody along slowly after last season’s long playoff run.

“John Moore and Kevan Miller will not hit the ice. Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy obviously if they’re not here they won’t hit the ice,” said Cassidy with a smile. “Nordstrom I don’t believe will skate with the team [on Friday]. He’ll go before.

“There may be a couple of decisions on guys in the morning as to whether they’ll skate. Bergeron is getting back up to speed and I think Grzelcyk was skating on his own. We’ll see how they’re doing tomorrow. We know what they’ve got, obviously, so we’re not concerned about pushing them if they’re not ready for a heavier workload.”

Bruins prospect Cameron Hughes figures to be out as well after sustaining a significant facial injury during the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo last weekend, and 2016 first-round pick Trent Frederic was also dealing with a bit of an injury issue during last weekend’s tourney.

Here’s the expected roster for NHL training camp starting with on-ice sessions on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena with the aforementioned bodies expected to be missing at the outset:

Forwards: Samuel Asselin, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Peter Cehlarik, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Fitzgerald, Trent Frederic, Brendan Gaunce, Danton Heinen, Cameron Hughes, Joona Koppanen, David Krejci, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Robert Lantosi, Jakub Lauko, Par Lindholm, Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak, Brett Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Pavel Shen, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner, Brendan Woods

Defensemen: Axel Andersson, Chris Breen, Zdeno Chara, Connor Clifton, Josiah Didier, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Torey Krug, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Alex Petrovic, Wiley Sherman, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril, Cooper Zech

Goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak, Kyle Keyser, Maxime Lagace, Tuukka Rask, Dan Vladar

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals

Talking points from Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals at TD Garden . . . 

GOLD STAR: The Bruins wouldn’t have even received a point in Saturday night’s game if it weren’t for the efforts of Jaroslav Halak. The B’s netminder stopped 42 shots and was brilliant from beginning to end against a Capitals team that outshot Boston nearly 2-to-1 through the course of the entire game. He stopped 17-of-18 in the first period when the Bruins didn’t have their legs under them, and would have stolen the game for Boston if Zdeno Chara could have cleared the zone ahead of T.J. Oshie’s game-tying in the final minute of the third period. He was just as good in the shootout, with diving stops that kept the Bruins in the extra session, and certainly deserved a better fate at the end of the day.

🏒 HIGHLIGHTS FROM BRUINS' 3-2 LOSS TO CAPITALS

BLACK EYE: It’s time for Bruce Cassidy to stop over-thinking the shootout. He tried to use Chris Wagner based on a pretty good breakaway move he’s showed at times, and the thinking there was that perhaps an outside-the-box choice work create a shootout spark for the Bruins. Well, it has not, and instead Charlie Coyle is the only player that’s had success in the shootout this season for the Bruins, who are now 0-for-4 in shootout games. They need to go with a much more straight-ahead shootout philosophy, where they just get their best offensive guys out there quickly. That means having Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak as two of your top three guys to start, and perhaps featuring Coyle more now that he’s enjoyed some success. One thing is certain: They need to do something differently, because whatever they’re doing right now isn’t working.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were hanging on by a thread while protecting the one-goal lead in the third period, and were outshot by an 11-6 margin by Washington while they put a ton of pressure on the Boston defense. Jaroslav Halak was up to the challenge for most of the period and the Bruins had a couple of chances to extend the lead, including a David Krejci redirect that went through Braden Holtby’s pads and trickled past the net, but the undermanned Bruins simply ran out of gas when it came to holding their slim lead. With the Bruins missing their best defender in Patrice Bergeron due to injury, T.J. Oshie scored the game-tying goal with a little less than a minute left to play with Sean Kuraly out on the ice with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. That’s not the ideal shutdown forward crew for the Bruins and it came back to bite them in the end.  

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak was one of the few Bruins playing with some energy throughout the game, and he scored what looked like was going to be the winning goal a few minutes into the second period. Pastrnak had a monster shift where he kicked things off for David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy to connect for a scoring chance, but McAvoy missed the open net with a one-timer shot from the slot. Pastrnak alertly picked up the puck and fired a bad angle shot for his 17th goal of the season. He was a key piece of offense with the Bruins missing so much of their firepower between Bergeron, Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk. Pastrnak finished with the goal, 10 shot attempts and a couple of takeaways in 22:58 of ice time for the Black and Gold.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0-for-4 – The Bruins’ record in the shootout this season. They continue to lose vital points in the glorified skills challenge, with only Coyle seemingly enjoying any success.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “He was our best player by far. [It’s] disappointing that we couldn’t finish it because I thought our third period, we really bought into what we needed to compared to the Florida game, for example. We didn’t give up much at all [at the end of the game].” –Bruce Cassidy, on Halak and the improved third period for the Bruins, compared to their collapse against the Panthers a few days ago.

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NHL Highlights: Bruins surrender late lead vs. Capitals, lose 3-2 in shootout

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NHL Highlights: Bruins surrender late lead vs. Capitals, lose 3-2 in shootout

FINAL SCORE: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

IN BRIEF: Just when it looked like the Bruins were going to hold on, despite being outshot by a nearly 2-to-1 margin losing another important piece in Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins surrendered a game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation from the Capitals' T.J. Oshie. Braeden Holtby denied Chris Wagner's five-hole attempt in the fifth round of the shootout to steal an 11th-hour comeback win.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 12-3-5 (28 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

COYLE PUTS HOME A BEAUTIFUL HEINEN FEED

PASTRNAK STICKS WITH IT, MAKES IT 2-1

UP NEXT: at New Jersey, 7 p.m., NESN

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