Re: Game 31: Flames v. Bruins (12/10/13)
posted at 12/10/2013 10:42 AM EST
No Carryover for Miller
Miller's absence from practice was due to the flu, not any carryover from the hit from behind by Dion Phaneuf that sent him into the boards late in the third period on Sunday night.
"He’s good," said Julien. "He should be playing tomorrow. He’s fine in regards to that. It was a good hit, I think he had a stiff neck, but symptoms that would cause concerns to us weren’t there."
Bruins Battling the Flu
When the Bruins practiced in Calgary, Zdeno Chara, Gregory Campbell, Chad Johnson and Kevan Miller all were not on the ice, as they are all battling the flu. Instead, they went back to the hotel to rest.
"We’ve been hit with the bit of a flu bug here," said Julien. "Soupy played with it yesterday. One of those 48-hour flu bug things so it’s going around our team as well."
"So we’ve had a lot of challenges this road trip."
"Those are the four guys and, who knows, it started there, it could be more tomorrow. We can’t do anything but try and keep our fingers crossed and hope we’ve got a full lineup tomorrow."
Depth Coming Through
Boychuk has been impressed (but not surprised), as has everyone else, with the less experienced D like Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug stepping up, especially now that they're taking another hit with Hamilton injured.
"The other guys have been stepping in and doing a great job. I've been watching them," said the blueliner. "And after the game, I'll go tell them what I see and just let them know - I mean, there wasn't too much because they've been playing really well."
"It's good to see you have guys you can call upon when it comes to the job, that they step up and play extremely well."
Boychuk Feels He Dodged a Bullet
After Boychuk skated with the team for their half hour practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday, he said he still felt "pretty stiff," but he didn't seem to face any major issues during the skate. "I didn't feel awesome. I haven't skated in what, five days? But at least I got out there and moved around, and got back on the ice," he said.
Boychuk hasn't experienced an issue of this magnitude before with his back. For him right now, it's more about keeping his back from stiffening up than anything else.
"It's been loosening up every day with the treatments and stuff like that, and hopefully, we'll see how it feels [Tuesday]," he said. "I'm not moving mountains, but I mean, it's getting better every day and that's all I could ask for."
For the past two days, Julien has sounded optimistic about Boychuk being available for Tuesday night's game in Calgary against the Flames. He would be the sixth defensemen for the Bruins, who have not yet called anyone up from Providence to fill in on the blueline, with Dougie Hamilton now sidelined by a lower-body injury suffered Sunday night against Toronto.
Hamilton flew back to Boston Monday to be evaluated by team doctors and is estimated to be out for a week. The Bruins also do not have Adam McQuaid available for game action, after he was placed on injured reserve Sunday (lower body injury).
"Yeah, these right D have been a little cursed," Boychuk acknowledged."[Johnny] felt really good the other day; he was ready to go at it," said Julien. "The reason we haven't called a defenseman up is because there’s a real strong anticipation that he’ll be ready to go tomorrow [Tuesday]."
Once any back spasms go away, "he's ready to go," said Julien. "You want to go out there, of course," said Boychuk. "But you also don't want to go out there and get hurt and hurt the team at the same time."
Thought I'd pitch in. No call up yet, Fluto doesn't think there will be one.