WILMINGTON, Mass. — A large chunk of the Bruins’ morning practice today at Ristuccia Arena focused on getting through the neutral zone with speed against Buffalo’s forecheck for Wednesday night’s game.
The Bruins worked on moving the puck from D to D, but also, more importantly, getting it to the forwards in position to get the puck deep into Sabres territory. Boston’s defense corps isn’t going to execute many end-to-end rushes, so the emphasis is on shorter passes and hitting players in stride.
•Among those on the ice was Adam McQuaid, who was shaken up by the push into the end wall in the second period Saturday night by Philadelphia’s Jody Shelley. McQuaid said he was feeling better after taking the last two days, along with his teammates, off from the rink.
“He’s a tough kid, a tough individual,” said head coach Claude Julien. “I don’t think it’s going to affect his game.”
•The forward lines were the same as they’ve been, including Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin both skating alongside Marc Savard and Michael Ryder. Paille filled in for an ill Seguin Saturday night, but Seguin was healthy again today.
•During drills, a few Bruins wingers attempted to drive the net and then pass back to the point while moving forward. In practice, those passes worked. But Boston would be wise to careful making such plays in Buffalo, in order to prevent a situation like the one that ended the Ottawa-Atlanta game last night.