BOSTON — The inconsistent Boston Bruins’ offense, which sandwiched a three- and five-goal game around a shutout loss over the last three contests, should get a major boost tonight, as winger Michael Ryder is scheduled to return to the line-up for the first time since Feb. 5.
On that night, Ryder suffered a facial fracture and underwent surgery a couple days later. He’s been skating with the team for more than a week to stay in shape, and now he’s been cleared by the doctors. The only difference between Ryder now and Ryder before the injury is a full, clear shield he must wear to keep his face protected.
“It’s a little different. You feel like you’re closed in and water gets on it pretty easy,” said Ryder after the club’s morning skate at TD Banknorth Garden in preparation for its game with the Florida Panthers tonight. “So it’s going to be an adjustment breathing – something’s over your face the whole time. But I think it shouldn’t take that long.” (more…)