NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins and their run to make the playoffs.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins and their run to make the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Part of the struggles for the Bruins this season has been the play of defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. McGuire feels Chara isn’t the same player as he’s been in the past, as he is now 38 years old.

Zdeno [Chara] is not the same player that he was,” McGuire said. “He’s having a harder time maintaining lots of ice time. He’s making mistakes we’re not used to seeing him make in terms of turnovers below the goal line from the hash mark down to the goal line. He’s losing guys in coverage. Getting beat wide which we haven’t seen a lot of him over the years because of that long stick.

“I don’t think he has the quickness in confined areas that he used to have and again, that doesn’t mean he can’t get it back, but it hasn’t been there for him and I am huge a Dennis Seidenberg fan and Dennis has not been the same player and I think a lot of that is because of injury more than anything else, I really believe that.”

David Krejci is likely to return to the lineup Thursday night, and the Bruins now need to find a place for him to play. McGuire says it will be an “experiment” to see where exactly he will fit in and on which line.

“I think it’s going to be an experiment,” McGuire said. “I think you’re going to take your time. I don’t think you want take away Ryan Spooner’s ice time. You don’t want to take [Patrice] Bergeron‘s ice time. You need [Carl] Soderberg to deliver for you and Gregory Campbell plays a different role. It is going to be very interesting to see how they do it. I probably would start him playing on the wing with Bergeron just because he won’t have to do a lot of the defensive heavy lifting that a center man has to do because he has Patrice there to help him out and it’s an easier position to play up high. We’ll see. Let’s be honest, Reilly Smith would be the first person to tell you he has not had a sterling season.”

As for the current status of the team, the Bruins are currently out of the playoffs in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a point behind the Senators for the final spot. With nine games left in the regular-season, the team will need to get things going in a hurry in order to make the postseason.

“It’s not going well for them at all,” said McGuire. “There will be a lot of people watching the scoreboard tonight between Anaheim and Boston. This is not the position I’ll say just me in particular, I never thought the Bruins would be in this position. Even though I knew they would have a hard time replacing Jarome’s [Iginla] 30 goals, and he’s at 25 this year playing on a Colorado team that won’t make the playoffs and doesn’t have nearly the fire power that Boston does. But, he’s going to get 30 again, so replacing his 30 I thought would be tough and the Johnny Boychuk stuff would be tough, but I thought they would find a way doing it by committee, but they haven’t been able to do it. It’s been very disappointing.”

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Bruins right wing Brett Connolly was initially expected to miss six weeks after a Dennis Seidenberg wrist shot left him with a broken finger in his second practice as a member of the Bruins earlier this month.

Brett Connolly

Brett Connolly

Bruins right wing Brett Connolly was initially expected to miss six weeks after a Dennis Seidenberg wrist shot left him with a broken finger in his second practice as a member of the Bruins earlier this month. On Thursday, Connolly skated with his teammates for the first time since the injury, following one order.

“Stay away from Seids,” Connolly recalled his teammates warning him.

Now that the initial despair from Connolly’€™s bad luck has turned into something he can joke about, his attention has been turned to an eventual return — or debut, rather — that could come sooner than initially thought.

After getting back on the ice last Monday and working extensively with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides, Connolly’€™s progress from his surgically-repaired finger is apparent. Though he hasn’t taken contact, he’€™s handling the puck and shooting. Connolly is not yet taking slap shots, but slappers aren’€™t a priority for the right wing. Once he feels he can properly grip the stick (he says his comfort level there is at 60 percent), be able to fire wristers and snap shots to the best of his abilities and participate in battle drills, he wants to play.

Ideally, Connolly said he would be back able to play again in the final week of the regular season.

“I hope so,” he said of a regular-season return. “I’€™m not too sure yet. My timetable, I know I’€™m getting closer, so I’€™m expecting to be back a few games before this regular season [ends], but we’€™ll see.”

Claude Julien wasn’€™t overly forthright regarding Connolly’€™s timetable and whether he’€™s ahead of schedule. He did say the Bruins have been encouraged with what they’€™ve seen from the 22-year-old and that they’€™re eager to see him play.

The acquisition of Connolly at the trade deadline was an intriguing one for the Bruins. Though trading for the former sixth overall pick (and restricted free agent to-be) was more of a hockey deal for future seasons than a typical deadline acquisition, he was expected to slot into the lineup as a potential top-six right for the B’€™s down the stretch.

That obviously hasn’€™t happened, and Connolly has instead experienced a slow acclimation process to the team and the city. The Bruins are not yet bringing him on road trips, but Connolly said he’€™s established good relationships with his teammates, even if he’€™s spent more time with Whitesides than with any actual players.

“I’€™ve been here for almost a month, so the guys have been great,” Connolly said. “I’€™ve gotten comfortable with not only guys, but the city and knowing your way around, knowing your way to the practice facility and things like that. Just little things that make you a little bit more comfortable. It’€™s obviously not been the three weeks I would have envisioned, but I’€™ve gotten to know the city a little bit, get to know my teammates a little bit better.

“I’€™m excited to play that first game. Obviously we’€™re in a playoff hunt, so I’€™m looking to get back out there as soon as I can.”

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DJ Bean

David Krejci will take warmups and is “probable” to play Thursday night against the Ducks, Claude Julien said after the Bruins’€™ morning skate.

David Krejci will take warmups and is “probable” to play Thursday night against the Ducks, Claude Julien said after the Bruins’€™ morning skate.

Krejci, who has missed the last 15 games with a partially torn MCL, will play right wing on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line according to line rushes in morning skate.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start against the Ducks. Boston’€™s lineup in morning skate was as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Krejci
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Smith-Soderberg-Eriksson
Kelly-Campbell-Talbot

Chara-McQuaid
Krug-Seidenberg
Bartkowski-Trotman

Rask

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DJ Bean

David Krejci doesn't mind moving to wing if it means playing with Patrice Bergeron.</p>
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WILMINGTON — In a positive sign that he could be in the lineup for Thursday’€™s game, David Krejci practiced on the Bruins’€™ first power play unit in practice Wednesday.

Krejci took the spot of Dougie Hamilton, who is out for multiple weeks with an upper-body injury. Ryan Spooner, who initially replaced Krejci on the power play following Krejci’€™s torn MCL, remains on the first unit.

The power play units were as follows:

PP1:

Krug-Krejci
Eriksson, Bergeron, Spooner

PP2:

Smith/Trotman-Chara
Lucic, Soderberberg, Pastrnak

Boston’€™s lines and defense pairings were unchanged from Tuesday’€™s practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Krejci (Paille)
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Smith-Soderberg-Eriksson
Kelly-Campbell-Talbot (Ferlin)

Chara-McQuaid
Krug-Seidenberg
Bartkowski-Trotman

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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