It’s the final week of the regular season and the Boston Bruins are prepping to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last of four this year. The Bruins won a Dec. 5 meetup 3-1, but the Penguins won on Feb. 4 by a score of 2-1 and on March 11, 5-2. However, there are some big things to report in the hours before puck drop.
Torey Krug is set to make his Bruins debut. He was scratched for the past four games after signing with the team last month. Now he’s excited to get his first taste of an NHL game, something he’s probably been imagining since he was a wee lad:
“I feel like I’m ready – I’m very excited. I was one year old holding a hockey stick and right when I could walk, I was put up on skates so it’s been my dream as a child and I’m excited for the opportunity,” he told John Bishop.
Coach Claude Julien has helped Krug make the transition from college to the big times by not putting a lot of pressure on him.
“To me, it’s important that they enjoy their first experience in the NHL. If they come to the rink and they’re nervous and they fearing what’s going to happen, that’s the wrong approach and the wrong attitude,” he told Bishop. “And I said, ‘If there’s anything that needs to be corrected, we’ll correct it as we go along. But don’t worry about mistakes, just go out there and do what got you here.’ By the end of the night, you want this person to say, ‘This is a lot of a fun,’ – and that’s what you got to create in those guys playing their first game.”
That sounds like the right kind of attitude.
Adam McQuaid‘s eye is no longer swollen shut, but he is still going to sit out against the Penguins. Julien is taking a better safe than sorry approach to his healing process and giving him some extra time to get back to 100 percent. Perhaps this is why Krug is getting the nod.
Jordan Caron is out too, but not due to injury–it’s due to illness. Feel better, Jordan! In good news, though, Gregory Campbell is able to play. This could mean a reunion of his line with Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton. Bring on the Merlot Line, I say.
There is some sort of goalie plan afoot in the mind of Coach Julien, but he’s not telling the specifics yet. All he’s saying is that Marty Turco will be in net for this game. Sounds like a good excuse for me to show the video of him making an awesome save on Jordan Staal when last these two met:
Watch the Bruins and the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
UPDATE: The Bruins just released a photo gallery of the team practicing before the game, all in artsy black and white. You can see McQuaid’s injured eye and Anton Khudobin as well as another side-by-side shot of Krug with Zdeno Chara, who has a foot of height on him.