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Bergeron ‘highly probable’ to play Wednesday

Apr 16, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

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The Boston Bruins could soon enjoy the return of two key players.

Per CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, B’s head coach Claude Julien said today that winger Brad Marchand (concussion) has been cleared for contact and that center Patrice Bergeron (concussion) is “highly probable” to be back in the lineup tomorrow at home versus the Sabres.

Boston has lost two straight games, and three of its last five. Last night’s contest versus the Senators at TD Garden was postponed as a result of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Marchand leads the Bruins with 33 points; Bergeron is tied for second with 31.

Forward Jordan Caron has been assigned to AHL Providence.

  1. govtminion - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Not a minute too soon- that offense just doesn’t seem to work without those two in the lineup. With Jagr having come in after Bergeron’s injury, I’m wondering who gets bumped out of the top six now in Boston- I’d like to see it be Lucic, thanks to his horrible play this season, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • sabatimus - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      I’m a big Lucic fan, and so it pains me to say that I have to agree with you here. He hasn’t been himself the majority of this season. I wonder if something is wrong with him. If so, it doesn’t appear to be physical.

      • govtminion - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Oh believe me, there’s a #17 jersey in my closet as well… but even as a fan of the guy, this has been a dismal year for him. A trip to the third line hopefully is a wake-up call over the offseason that he needs to step it up for next season- if not, well, at least he’s on the third line and isn’t causing the damage via penalties and sloppy turnovers that he has been so far this year.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        He’s been a turnover machine his whole career

      • sabatimus - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Lucic is apparently on the FOURTH line tonight. As well he should be.

  2. dolanster - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    They should bump down Horton or Lucic, and they’ve both been playing like they’ve got cement skates. It’s clear the #1 line is the Bergeron line (just look at the +/- numbers). I’d go:

    Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
    Lucic-Krejci-Jagr
    Soderberg/Peverley-Kelly-Horton
    Paille-Campbell-Thornton

    Chara-Hamilton
    Seidenberg-Boychuck
    Ferrence/Redden-McQuaid

    Rask

    Would like to see Redden get a chance in a B’s sweater. Hope to not see Caron, Pand-awful, or Bartowski again this season.

    • sabatimus - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Yeah I was only somewhat surprised that Peverley has the worst +- numbers on the team. Caron and Bartkowski aren’t bad, but they’re hardly solutions. I’d like to see what Redden’s capable of, given that Ference is prone to outlandishly bad mistakes…as is Chara. Every time Z has possession of the puck (i.e. not defending against rushing players) I think he’s going to screw up–you can see it all over his game in his own end. It’s like he has to think every time he gets the puck, like he has to make the perfect play…which results in the precise opposite.

    • nunan - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      They’ll sit Thornton and either Peverley or Kelly will play on that 4th line…probably Pevs..

      • sabatimus - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        They’ll sit Thornton, the sinew of the team, for the first game after the attacks? No way in hell.

      • nunan - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        Not what I said. Topic of conversation was the line-up when the Bs have a full roster WITH Soderberg..He is sitting tonight so obviously there is no problem. Thornton will be the guy they sit when Soderberg is playing..maybe not all the time but he’ll be the most common scratch.

  3. dolanster - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Caron is maybe the weakest-on-the-puck guy I’ve ever seen. He gets bumped off with a feather. Add to that average-at-best speed, skills, and savvy and he’s just not ready for primetime (if he ever will be). Bartowski is learning, but he’s often crowding the netminder and is as much of a hindrance as he is help (think Zanon from last year’s playoffs). I’ll give him a break for his inexperience, but I’d rather see him wearing the spoked-P for the rest of this season. Not sure how Redden can’t be an upgrade. I’m eager to see Soderberg — we need a jolt of fast, young, big, and mean.

  4. eaglesbest - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I think thorton needs to take a seat. I love the guy and all that he stands for but he doesn’t have the upside of most likely Soderberg. This team needs offense not fighting majors. They already have plenty of guys up and down the lineup that can play tough. No need for thorton

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      You spelled everyone’s name incorrectly

      • drewzducks - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Good thing Bobby Or doesn’t play anymore.

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