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Bruins' Chris Wagner: Rare scoring outburst
Wagner scored a goal on a season-high nine shots and added an assist in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.
The physical fourth liner had just three points (two goals and an assist) and 41 shots in 28 games coming into Friday's action, but Wagner also did his usual job by laying five hits, pushing his total on the year in that category to 96. Barring a change in his assignment, don't expect the 27-year-old to go on a scoring binge any time soon.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jaroslav Halak: Can't fend off Pens
Halak turned aside 23 of 27 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.
An empty-netter capped the scoring for Pittsburgh. After a great start to the season, Halak continues to fade back into a backup role behind Tuukka Rask, and the 33-year-old is now 1-3 over his last four starts with an .887 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jaroslav Halak: Starting in Pittsburgh
Halak will patrol the crease in Friday's road game against the Penguins, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Halak was solid in his last start Saturday against the Maple Leafs, turning aside 29 of 32 shots en route to a 6-3 victory. The 33-year-old backstop will look to stay sharp and pick up his 10th win of the season in a road matchup with a Pittsburgh team that's averaging 3.47 goals per game at home this campaign, 11th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Kevan Miller: Attends practice Thursday
Miller (neck) took part in Thursday's practice session sporting a non-contact sweater.
While Miller is still roughly three weeks away from playing based on his original recovery timeline, the fact that the blueliner was able to get back on the ice so soon could be an indication he is ahead of schedule. Once given the green light to return to action, the blueliner figures to bump Steve Kampfer or John Moore from the lineup with Jeremy Lauzon likely headed back to the minors.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Could practice next week
Coach Bruce Cassidy relayed Thursday that Chara (knee) could resume practicing fully as soon as next week.
Chara looked pretty decent while skating around with Patrice Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular) Thursday, signaling that the big blueliner's return could be on the horizon. Based on Cassidy's comments, Chara will miss at least the Bruins' next three games, but barring any setbacks, there's a chance that Chara could potentially return to game action before the NHL's upcoming holiday break.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Could practice fully next week
Coach Bruce Cassidy noted Thursday that Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular) could resume practicing fully as soon as next week.
Bergeron has been skating of late and is clearly trending in the right direction. Cassidy's comments effectively rule the center out for at least the Bruins' next three games, but Bergeron's playing outlook beyond that could brighten as soon as next week, in the absence of any setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Concussion confirmed
Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed Thursday that DeBrusk is in the NHL's concussion protocol.
On the plus side, Cassidy relayed that DeBrusk is "feeling better, going in right direction," but it seems safe to rule out the young winger for Friday's game against the Penguins, at a minimum.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Not at practice Thursday
DeBrusk (upper body) did not practice Thursday.
The Bruins have referred to the issue that has sidelined DeBrusk of late as an upper-body injury, which could be a concussion. In any case, it seems pretty safe to rule out the winger for Friday's contest against the Penguins.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Resumes skating
Chara (knee) has resumed skating of late.
A video clip posted by the team Thursday showed both Chara and Patrice Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular) skating before practice and moving around fairly well in the process. While the Bruins haven't outlined a timetable for Chara's return, the visible progress he's making suggests that an update on that front could arrive sooner rather than later. The big blueliner last suited up Nov. 14.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Making progress
Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular) has been skating of late.
The Bruins posted a video clip Thursday of Bergeron and Zdeno Chara (knee) working out, with both players appearing to move around pretty well. While that's a step in the right direction for the duo, coach Bruce Cassidy suggested Tuesday that neither player was close to playing at that stage. That said, barring any setbacks, we'd expect more concrete updates regarding Bergeron's potential return to arrive sooner rather than later based on his recent progress. The B's stellar two-way pivot last suited up Nov. 16.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Zachary Senyshyn: Leads Providence with nine goals
Senyshyn leads AHL Providence with nine goals through 25 games to date.
Senyshyn, who has added three helpers in that span, has vaulted to the top of his team's goal-scoring list by having tallied four times over his last three outings. The 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry draft carries a minus-9 rating, but his recent uptick in production is encouraging and could lead to a call-up this season if he's able to further round out his two-way game. Speed and scoring potential are Senyshyn's calling cards and both of those are elements the Bruins could use up front.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Sean Kuraly: Bruises bodies in victory
Kuraly threw a game-high six hits in a 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Kuraly's 66 hits on the season put him third on the Bruins in hits behind fellow fourth-liners Chris Wagner and Noel Acciari. The 25-year-old center has only four points on the season and doesn't pick up enough peripheral stats to be worth owning in anything but the deepest fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' David Krejci: Racking up assists
Krejci recorded three assists in a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
The goals have been hard to come by for Krejci, but the helpers just keep on coming. That's 22 putting him just five behind his assist total from 2017-18. If he was posting his normal shooting percentage, Krejci would be a point per game guy right now, but his shooting percentage is its lowest since 2010-11. For that reason, owners are "settling" for four goals and 26 points in 31 contests.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' David Pastrnak: Posts three-point night
Pastrnak registered a goal and three points in a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old has been stellar lately with four goals and 12 points in the last eight games. He's also posted six PIM during that stretch. Of course, averaging more than a point per game is nothing new for Pastrnak, as he has 21 goals and 38 points in 31 games this season. While he could see a dip in his 17.4 shooting percentage, he's on pace for career highs in both scoring categories.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Brad Marchand: Registers three-point night
Marchand scored two goals and added an assist with a plus-3 rating in a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old went three straight without a point to begin the month, but in the last three contests, Marchand has three goals and eight points. He's behind last season's scoring pace, but Marchand's shooting percentage sits at just 11.1 percent, which is the lowest of his career. Marchand will likely score more during the second half, and he has a league-leading 74 PIM to boot.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Earns win in subpar outing
Rask allowed three goals on 33 shots in a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old has been a bit up and down, so consider this one of his "down" games despite him earning the win. Coming into Tuesday, Rask had either posted a save percentage of at least .939 or worst than .901 in six straight games. Overall, he's been getting by with a 8-6-2 record, .916 save percentage and a 2.53 GAA this season.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' David Backes: Back to game after scary scene
Backes (face) returned for the second period of Tuesday's game versus the Coyotes, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Backes defied odds by returning, as Arizona's Oliver Ekman-Larsson's skate scraped his face in the first period and caused him to immediately head off the ice. Backes was sewed up and will tough it out.... See More ... See Less