Practice Predictions: New Players, New Lines

Brian Rolston trades in his blue and orange for black and gold (Credit: Robert Kowal/Flickr)

The Boston Bruins had their morning skate this am as they look to return home tonight to face off against the Ottawa Senators. While a few familiar faces are out with injuries, a few new faces have joined after yesterdays trade deadline. Mike Mottau, formerly of the New York Islanders, took to the Bruins ice for the first time today. Another player did too but he’s quite familiar in Boston and on home ice and that’s Brian Rolston. Max Sauve of the Providence Bruins was also on the ice today as he was emergency recalled from Providence today.

If you were paying attention to the draft yesterday then you should be wondering where the hell Greg Zanon was for practice. Well, Zanon (formerly of the Minnesota Wild) missed the morning session as he was traveling in from Minnesota. Coach Claude Julien said that Zanon will not play until he skates in a practice with the team (CSNNE).

Shawn Thornton was also on the ice today, and Julien says it’s expected he will play tonight. Mottau took the place of Johnny Boychuk on the defensive pairing and joined Adam McQuaid. Meanwhile, Brian Rolston centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron.

Though the Bruins have been plagued with injuries and illness as of late it seems as though things are looking up.

“We’ve run into some injuries lately and it’s been a challenge to keep our lineup going in the right direction. Now there’s some breathing room as far as putting guys in that have been around for a while.”(Via CSNNE)

Mottau and Rolston led the final stretch this AM and it looks as thought Tim Thomas will get the start as he was first off the ice.





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