BOSTON — After taking Monday to travel back from the West Coast, the Bruins hit the TD Garden ice for their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay.
Among those on the ice was Rich Peverley, who missed 19 games with a knee sprain before he returned to the lineup and played more than 16 minutes in Boston’s win at Anaheim Sunday. Peverley says he’s feeling fine and that now he just has to continue to work his way back to being 100 percent normal.
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•Also on the ice for the Bruins was newly signed rookie Torey Krug, who joined Boston from Michigan State as a free agent over the weekend. Part of his agreement with the Bruins included the provision that he join the parent club rather than go to the farm. This burns one year of his entry-level contract.
It remains to be seen if he’ll do more than just practice with the Bruins, but he says he’s ready to play in the NHL. And if he gets into a game, the 20-year-old says we’ll see a two-way defenseman.
“I’d like to think I’m a dynamic skater,” said the 5-foot-9 Krug. “I definitely play both sides of the puck. A lot of guys see me as a smaller defenseman and they think ‘oh, he’s just an offensive defenseman.’ But I like to take care of the D zone and I take a lot of pride out of making that first pass out of the zone. That’s what I take a lot of pride in.”
•A lot of talk in the dressing room this morning about the play of Chris Kelly’s line with wingers Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot. They combined for six points Sunday and have been on fire. Rolston’s addition came at the right time for Boston, because the Bruins were desperately looking for secondary scoring and players to form a third line line as potent as the one they had last season with Kelly, Peverley and Michael Ryder.
Kelly has enjoyed playing with the 39-year-old Rolston.
“I don’t think he’s 39. Maybe 29,” said Kelly. “We’re extremely fortunate to have him. He brings a lot to the table. Not only are the goals going in the points are coming, but he plays the game on a consistent basis regardless of points or not points. He shows up to play every game, he plays all three zones. Guys like him know what it takes to play a long time and to win in this league.”
•Head coach Claude Julien said he didn’t expect to make lineup changes, so that will leave Daniel Paille as the odd forward out. Tim Thomas should get the start.
•Tampa Bay did not skate. There’s a possibility the Lightning could get injured star forward Vincent Lecavalier back in their lineup. Sebastian Caron might make the start in net.