Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bruins update

The Bruins next game is on Friday at the Buffalo Sabres who are in first place in the Northeast division with 67 points. The Bruins (23-20-8) are currently in fourth place in the Northeast division with 54 points, only ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There has been word that Marc Savard is trying to come back into the lineup on Friday against the Sabres. Hopefully he does as the Bruins need some scoring. Savard and Byron Bitz were at practice Monday morning. Marco Sturm and Steve Begin are day-to-day and likely out on Friday.

Here are some interesting stats of the Bruins so far this season. The Bruins have only scored 127 goals this season, which is last in the league and have allowed 131 goals. They are13-11-3 at home and 10-9-5 on the road. In their last ten games, they are 2-7-1.

Tim Thomas is 13-14-6 with a 2.53 GAA, and a 91.5% save percentage this season. Tuukka Rask is 10-6-2 with a 2.14 GAA, and a 92.5% save percentage this season.

On Monday the Bruins sent forward Drew Larman back to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Marc Savard out 3-4 weeks

Bruins center Marc Savard will be out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks with with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee, which will not require surgery. The next 3-4 weeks are going to be tough with Savard out of the lineup, especially the next two weeks without Patrice Bergeron as well.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Savard hurt, Bruins recall Trent Whitfield

With Bruins center Marc Savard going down in last night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins have recalled veteran center Trent Whitfield from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. He has already played in seven games this season for the Bruins. Expect him to be in the lineup on Saturday against the New York Rangers. No news yet on Savard's injury.

If you watched last night's game, you saw a real good Chicago team mostly dominate the Bruins after they went down 2-0 in the first period. The Blackhawks reminded me a lot of the Bruins last season. With now the Bruins two top centers out of the lineup, this week and the coming week are going to be tough. I'm wondering if the Bruins may try to make a deal or something to fill the center spot. There are rumors that the Carolina Hurricanes may be looking to deal players. Rod Brind'Amour may be a good pickup if possible even though he is near the end of his career.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bruins injury updates

If you watched the game against the Ottawa Senators then you saw defenseman Andrew Ference leave the game with an injury. Well news is Ference will be out for six weeks. Patrice Bergeron is expected to only miss the next two weeks.

Bruins rookie defenseman Adam McQuaid was recalled from Providence (AHL) and will take Ference's spot in the lineup.

Also some big news as I'm writing this, on the Bruins blog, Milan Lucic is in the lineup tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game starts at 7, it should be a good one against the Blackhawks who are one of the best in the league right now. Tim Thomas will be in net.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bergeron out, Satan in tonight vs Ottawa

With Patrice Bergeron getting injured in last night's game vs the New York Rangers, Miroslav Satan will come into the lineup tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Milan Lucic is still not ready to play. Tim Thomas will start in net.

Claude Julien on Satan coming into the lineup sooner than expected:

"Yeah, he will," said Julien. "We were hoping to give him at least a week but the circumstances are we don't have any extra forward right now.

"He's in good shape. I think the only thing we wanted to give him a chance to do is to get his timing and give him a week of practice and unfortunately he doesn't have that luxury and neither do we.

"So we still think with his experience and he's in great shape and everything else, he'll be able to help us," he said.

Update @ 7:17 PM
Patrice Bergeron has a broken thumb and will not have surgery. He will be able to return to the ice after 2 weeks.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bruins sign Miroslav Satan

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed forward Miroslav Satan to a one-year contract.

The 35-year old Satan is a veteran of 1012 NHL games and has potted 354 goals with 367 assists in his NHL career. Satan won the Stanley Cup last year as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and registered 1-5=6 totals in 17 postseason games to go along with 17-19=36 totals in 65 regular season games for the Pens. In his 13 NHL seasons, Satan has hit for 20-plus goals 10 times, including a career high 40 in 1998-99. His best season statistically came in 2002-03 when he tallied 75 points on 26 goals and a career best 49 assists.

I personally think this could be a good or bad signing, of course depending on how Satan plays. Satan has been known for taking shifts off and not working as hard as he can, but hopefully he learned something when he won the Stanley Cup last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. You can check out Satan's career stats on his NHL.com profile. I have a feeling that Satan will get a chance to play on Marc Savard's line and move Steve Begin back to the fourth line when Satan is ready. Then when Milan Lucic is ready to return, Marco Sturm can move to Patrice Bergeron's line where they always seem to have success together.

Bruins coach Claude Julien on Satan:

Of his new forward Miroslav Satan, Julien said, "He's in pretty good shape actually. I think we've seen that through testing and he's really taken care of himself for a guy who hasn't played yet. That's one thing. The other thing is getting up to NHL speed," he said.

Both Satan and B's GM Peter Chiarelli put the timetable at about 7-10 days.

"We'll go from there," said Julien. "He needs some time to practice at this pace and we've got a healthy team right now and I don't think we need to throw him in and rush him. Well he's a skill player," said Julien. "I think everybody knows that. He's had success at scoring goals and making plays. Around the net he's got a real good stick, as far as finding those seams, and he's good in tight. He's more of an offensively skilled player, which everybody seems to know we could use," he said.

John Bishop on his blog on BostonBruins.com says that we probably won't see Satan in a game for at least 7-10 days. Lucic is day-to-day and is practicing with light to no contact. Mark Stuart has been skating but is not close to practicing yet.

Flyers-Bruins Winter Classic was a classic

If you didn't get to see the Winter Classic on Friday you missed quite a game. It was a rough tough game with lots of hitting and the Flyers had most of the momentum in the first two periods. In the third period the Bruins were able to tie the game and bring it into overtime and eventually get the winner in overtime. Make sure to check out the game summary video with all of the highlights, including the first ever Winter Classic fight, between Dan Carcillo and Shawn Thornton.

2009-2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park

Shawn Thornton vs Dan Carcillo

Friday, January 1, 2010

Winter Classic is today

Happy New Year everyone! The Winter Classic will be starting in a little bit, so get ready. It will be broadcasted on NBC. The likely starters are Tim Thomas for the Bruins against Michael Leighton for the Flyers. Bruins Milan Lucic will not be playing in today's game. But he was activated off the injured reserve so that is good news on his return soon hopefully.

Boston Bruins players including goalie Tim Thomas, center, walk to the ice rink to practice at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in preparation for New Years Day's Winter Classic NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)