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Horton back practicing with B’s

Apr 30, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

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Bruins forward Nathan Horton was back on his regular line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic today at practice, according to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty.

Horton missed the last five games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. The 27-year-old had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games in 2013.

The Bruins open the playoffs tomorrow night at TD Garden versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Related: Horton leaves game after fighting Iginla

  1. nunan - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    A good move to get that line back together. I honestly think the Bs have turned a corner in that they’ve showed a lot of emotion the last week or so. Granted, the results haven’t been there but their game is centered around emotion and being physical. Get that line back together and they now have those three lines that have proven to be highly effective in the past. I really see it as the only option going forward because all the shuffling of lines wasn’t panning out. Some of that shuffling was injury-related but either way, they haven’t been scoring and now at least they have the top two lines back which have helped them be near the top in scoring in years past. Just need to figure out that third line. Kelly and Jagr are going to be there, it seems. Peverley and Soderberg were both skating with the healthy scratches today in practice though. That third line, left wing spot is still way up in the air…has been since Ryder left.

    • nhloon - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Ryder (2nd in playoff pts behind krejci 2011) is still missed,

  2. nunan - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    And is Hamilton scratched indefinitely now? I thought they had just decided to rest him, based on what the team was saying, but now it looks like he’s their 7th d’man. I’m okay with Redden if he is producing scoring chances but not sure he is that much of an upgrade over Hamilton. Offensively, it would seem like they are pretty even at this point so unless Redden has some unexpected re-emergence as an elite player, I would rather have Hamilton’s offense and size.

    • nhloon - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      He’s not a healthy scratch, he’ll suite up for sure. Mcquaid looks to be the odd man out right now…

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Hope his “hand” is ok. Good timing, anyway -

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Seems a bit unfair to title this post anything but “Horton back practicing after getting butt kicked by old man”

  4. dropthepuckeh - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    What if a “top 6 ” forward returned and nobody noticed?? I’m not sure we should be giving Horton any free passes in the wake of the season he and Lucic have had. Their line has been horrible and Claude wasted way too much time allowing them to stink it up most of the season without breaking them up or sitting Horton (sat Lucic one game). I think Krejci should be playing with Jagr and I think Horton and Lucic are 3rd/4th line players right now. Reward the players who are working hard and showing up every night. I am very happy the Bruins won the Cup two YEARS ago but that is over and these guys look like lazy complacent divas. I guarantee Toronto could care less about the Cup from two years ago so I hope Horton gets that grin off of his face and realizes he makes more in a year than most families will ever make in their lives. Show some pride. These guys are not 1st line players on any other team….

    • nunan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I think Lucic has been great these past few games. Their only option is to take that and use it. They’re past the phase of sitting players to make a point. It’s playoff time and they just have to role with what they’ve got. All the shuffling of lines has proven to be ineffective. They can’t score more than two goals a game. Might as well start fresh with a familiar line-up and hope it steps up like it has in the past, when they were dominating teams and scoring 4-5 a game. It’s really the only option. Lucic is playing great now and Krejci is a big-game performer. I think Horton will step up. He’s proven he can score big goals at the right time. Bergeron line is incredible when they’re on their game and the fourth line is consistent. Third line is a crap shoot, unfortunately. Their only hope is that everyone comes together at the right time, which is now. Shuffling the line-up won’t help.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        You are right, it is too late to try other combinations, unfortunately. The line shuffling didn’t work only because Claude didn’t have the conviction (or balls) to stick with it for longer than a game or sometimes a period. Jagr, at 41, has been one of the best offensive players on the team since he came over which says it all. He should be playing with other offensive talents who can finish plays when he sets them up. That will not happen on the 3rd line with Chris Kelly and Kaspars Daugavins.

        As for Lucic being “great”. I think what you mean is that he has shown great improvement in the past few games but this is more indicative of how far he had to come back. I like that he fought a couple times and is hitting again but do you have any confidence that this is what we will see for the playoffs? I hope I am wrong and I will be the first person out of my seat at the Garden tomorrow night when he drills someone into the boards or scores a goal.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        I think Lucic is a fat ass, loser. I’m hoping to see him benched before the Bs are bounced in the first round.

  5. whammy71 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Looks like his inflamed vag, I mean middle body injury has cleared up. Still wont beat Peens 2-1 4x if it gets to that. The parade has been planned and Pitsburgh is set to party with the Cup all summer!

    • bearcountry17 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Been hearing that for the last couple years…

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