BOSTON — Minus Marc Savard, who was sent home early for the All-Star break, the Bruins held their morning skate at TD Garden in preparation for their game tonight against Florida.
The Bruins know what life without a concussed Savard is like because they started the season without him for the first 23 games and compiled a 13-8-2 record.
“Every team goes through some injuries,” said head coach Claude Julien, whose club dropped a lackluster 2-0 performance at Los Angeles in their first game since Savard suffered his most recent concussion. “It’s just a matter of us being ready to battle through without him like we did before and like we did in the past without [Patrice] Bergeron and those kinds of guys. We’ve been through those situations before, and every team does, and it builds character. I think it gives guys opportunities. I think a team can grow even more from those situations if it’s handled well. And when a guy comes back, then you recognize it’s a bonus.”
Every healthy skater was on the ice and the forward lines were the same that started the Kings game Monday night.
Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins. That indicates he’ll probably get the start against the Panthers.
Although defenseman Mark Stuart came off the ice before Adam McQuaid, Julien said the decision of which defenseman to scratch will be made at game time. Stuart has been the healthy scratch the last two games.