BOSTON — The Bruins, who debuted two new players Tuesday in their loss to Ottawa, will replace one of those new faces with another newcomer tonight against New Jersey at the TD Garden.
Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Greg Zanon will be in and Mike Mottau will be the healthy scratch on Boston’s back end.
Zanon, who was acquired from Minnesota Monday, had his first practice with the Bruins Wednesday. He took the ice during an optional morning skate today. He admitted Wednesday that he was a little surprised to find out he was traded.
“Maybe a little bit earlier, in December and stuff, I was in and out of the lineup a bit due to some injuries and stuff like that and didn’t think I was really fitting in and thought maybe something would happen then,” said Zanon. “And then it never did and I kind of got back into a regular swing of things. And then we traded away a couple of our other older D men. So I thought, ‘oh, they’re probably going to hold onto me now.’ And the next thing you know you get the call.”
For more on Zanon and the Bruins’ lineup, check out NHL.com.
Johnny Boychuk also took part in the optional skate. He had skated on his own Wednesday, but today he upped the tempo with his teammates. Julien ruled out Boychuk’s availability for tonight. Boychuk said he felt fine and is taking things day by day.