WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins, losers of three in a row, held practice today at Ristuccia Arena before starting a string of six consecutive road games that starts tomorrow night on Long Island.
As expected, newly acquired center Chris Kelly did not attend. Head coach Claude Julien said after practice that the team doesn’t know if Kelly will even make it to Long Island for tomorrow night’s game because of his visa issues.
Center Patrice Bergeron also did not take the ice. Julien said the alternate captain was granted a “light maintenance” day.
The lines otherwise were the same as last night. All seven defensemen and the two goaltenders also skated.
The Bruins spent a good chunk of practice doing 2-on-2 battle drills and center-ice games of 1-on-1 keepaway, which resulted in some guys getting planted on their rear ends.
“We need up our intensity and, again, our battles. Sometimes I know we’ve made a lot of mistakes, and a lot of those are mental more than they are about understanding our game,” said Julien. “It’s about getting our compete level up. It’s that we feel it’s slipped a little lately and sometimes a little jolt will help you down the road. So that was our solution for today anyway.”