Hockey Night in Canada NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Bruins recent struggles, the recall of goaltender Malcolm Subban, and if he could start as soon as Wednesday against Edmonton. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Subban, a second-year pro whom the B’€™€™s drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, is coming off a stint in which he spent four games with the B’€™€™s as Tuukka Rask‘€˜€™s backup while Niklas Svedberg was in Providence on a conditioning loan. Subban did not play during the stretch, but was officially recalled again Monday night.

It seems likely Subban will be in net Wednesday night when the Bruins take on the Oilers, as Edmonton has shown interest in the second-year goaltender.

“I don’t believe in coincidences, I don’t,” Friedman said. “When he gets called up and it is for this particular game, and you know [Claude] Julien, he doesn’t like to tell the media which goaltender is playing, this one is kind of odd. I have been told to expect him to play. I mean you never know until he actually shows up at the rink and skates out there as the starting goaltender, but there certainly is — and there was report last night that he was going to play and I believe that is true. Things can change, but I don’t believe in coincidences.

“We have been hearing all year that teams have been asking a bit about Malcolm Subban and I 100 percent believe that Buffalo, which is an organization that is really on goaltending, asked about him when they were talking about Chris Stewart and/or Drew Stafford, which was another player the Sabres kind of looked at and they were flat out rejected. Edmonton is another team that is going to be trying to change their goaltending mix this offseason.

“I think there is some degree of showcase here and I am sure Edmonton wants to see him against NHL shooters. I think it is very dangerous though to make a determination on a player based on one NHL start. There is no question that the Oilers want to see what they could be potentially trading for here.”

As for the Bruins’ struggles, Friedman sees a different team than Bruins’ teams from the past.

“They have turned over the roster a bit and I remember the first time I saw them this year in Toronto, I was like ‘Wow. These guys look young and a lot of them aren’t very big.’ They’ve played a certain style for a long time and it is getting harder for them to play that style,” he said. “That is why I think you have Peter Chiarelli kind of looking around seeing what is possible to do out there. They have cap issues, the whole league is going to have cap issues this summer, or at least most of the teams will. It is hard to make changes. I look at the Bruins as a bit of a team in transition and until they figure out to wade this way through and [until they] decide who are their core guys there might be a little more of this.”

Even with the way the Bruins have played lately, currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points, with the exception of Montreal, Friedman believes no team wants to see the Bruins in the playoffs for a seven-game series.

“I can tell you this though, aside from Montreal who has their number, I don’t think anyone wants to see them in the playoffs,” said Friedman. “You get a seven-game series with [Tuukka] Rask and some of the top players they still have, you’re sitting there still saying, ‘This is going to be a battle.’ Although, Montreal just toys with them because of all their speed for whatever reason.”

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WEEI

The example of Murphy’€™s Law that is the 2014-15 Boston Bruins season really outdid itself Monday night.

The example of Murphy’€™s Law that is the 2014-15 Boston Bruins season really outdid itself Monday night.

After bouncing back from Friday night’€™s embarrassing loss to the Canucks with an inspired effort through two periods, the Bruins saw Calgary march back to tie the game in the third period and beat the B’€™s on a flukey goal with less than two seconds to play in overtime.

With the final seconds ticking down, TJ Brodie tossed a lazy backhand shot towards the net from a bad angle that went off Brad Marchand‘€™s stick and up towards the net, then hit the top of the net and Tuukka Rask‘€™s back before finally going in to give Calgary the 4-3 overtime win (box). The loss was Boston’€™s fourth straight (0-3-1) and fifth in the last four games (1-4-1).

After pulling Karri Ramo following Boston’€™s third goal, the Flames and Jonas Hiller did not allow another goal as Calgary scored three unanswered goals in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

The Flames finished their comeback on a power play goal after David Pastrnak took a high-sticking penalty with 14:42. Norris favorite Mark Giordano fired a snap shot from the top of the zone that went off Jiri Hudler in front and past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-3.

The Bruins will next play Wednesday in Edmonton.

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

MILLER LEAVES

Kevan Miller left the game late in the second period and did not return. The second-year NHLer took a hit midway through the second that could have led to his exit, though he took two shifts after that.

Miller missed 12 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He admitted recently that he will need offseason surgery on the shoulder and that he has been advised to not fight the rest of the season.

BARTKOWSKI RETURNS

Matt Bartkowski’€™s lengthy stretch as a healthy scratch ended at 17 games Monday when Claude Julien inserted him into the lineup in favor of Adam McQuaid.

Bartkowski played on Dennis Seidenberg‘€™s pairing, as he did for a six-game stretch back in late December. He had an ugly go of it as he left Jiri Hudler all alone to score the Flames’€™ second goal, which made it a one-goal game in the third. He played only three more shifts in the final 16:38 of the third period, but Julien gave him a shift in overtime with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson.

PENALTY KILL STRIKES AGAIN

Bergeron and Marchand connected for their second shorthanded goal in less than a week when Bergeron picked off a T.J. Brodie drop-pass in the neutral zone and flew into the Calgary zone while Chris Kelly served a holding penalty. Bergeron then fed Marchand, who finished the play for his 16th goal of the season.

Last week against the Stars, Marchand assisted a Bergeron shorthanded goal early in the second period against the Stars.

STEP FORWARD AND BACK FOR HAMILTON

Dougie Hamilton made a regrettable pass across the front of the net the first period Friday that turned into a Shawn Matthias goal. Hamilton had a much better first period Monday, as he took a pass from David Pastrnak on the wall, wheeled behind the net and fed Zdeno Chara, who blasted a slapshot past Ramo to make it 2-0.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, the good vibes wouldn’€™t last, as he got turned around a bit as David Jones took the puck behind him on the way to the net before scoring to cut what was then a three-goal Boston lead to two. Hamilton also had a bad giveaway to Curtis Glencross late in the third period.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

[UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.] The Bruins have recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence. He will join the team for practice Tuesday in Edmonton. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported the news of Subban’s impending callup earlier in the day.

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Calgary Monday that goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to be recalled at some point during the team’€™s current road trip, but that he will not be with the team for Monday’s game. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported the news earlier in the day.

Subban, a second-year pro whom the B’€™s drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, is coming off a stint in which he spent four games with the B’€™s as Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup while Niklas Svedberg was in Providence on a conditioning loan. Subban did not play during the stretch.

In 24 games for Providence this season, Subban is 10-10-3 with a .920 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average.

Svedberg has struggled in the scarce playing time he’s received. Though he recorded a 14-save shutout on Jan. 14, the performance was bookended by outings in which he was pulled early. He was removed from a Dec. 27 loss to the Blue Jackets in the second period and lasted only a period last Tuesday against the Stars. Svedberg was yanked after allowing three goals in each of those outings.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Hours before the Panthers further closed in on the Bruins for what is currently the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Shawn Thornton joined Sunday Skate to discuss his team’€™s odds of catching the B

Hours before the Panthers further closed in on the Bruins for what is currently the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Shawn Thornton joined Sunday Skate to discuss his team’€™s odds of catching the B’s. To hear the interview, click here.

With a shootout loss to the Blues Sunday, the Panthers improved to 24-19-12, bringing them within three points of the Bruins for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have lost three straight games in what’€™s been a big step back for a team that won the Presidents’€™ Trophy last season. Thornton said he figured the Panthers would push for a spot, but he didn’€™t think the Bruins would fall to where they have.

“Honestly, I thought they’€™d be in the top three right now, to be completely honest,” Thornton said of the Bruins. “I did think that we’€™d be pushing for a playoff spot with the players we have, especially after being here. … I thought there’€™d be a couple other teams we’€™d be chasing, not them. Who knows? There’€™s still [27] games left. There’€™s a lot of hockey left.”

Florida could have surpassed the B’€™s by now, but they were losers in two straight entering Sunday’€™s game. Thornton said the Panthers themselves have “found ways to shoot [themselves] in the foot” of late, saying Florida hasn’€™t properly ‘€œtaken advantage of the situation’€ in front of them with the Bruins losing.

The longtime Bruin, who was not brought back in the offseason and signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, said he keeps in touch with his friends on the Bruins. Asked his thoughts on why so many players have underperformed, he said he’€™s watched “maybe five periods” of Bruins hockey this season.

“I can’€™t give you a definite answer of what’€™s going on there,” he said. “I don’€™t ask about that stuff. I don’€™t want to know.”

Despite the Bruins’€™ struggles, Thornton said he doesn’€™t expect them to go away this season.

“I’€™m hoping they absolutely tank because I want to make the playoffs, but I can’€™t see it happening,” he said with a laugh. “œI can’€™t see it happening with the core group of guys they have there, the goaltending. They went through a lot of injuries earlier in the season, too. When you lose your top defenseman and your top centerman, I don’€™t know how many teams in the league can get through that.”

Thornton said that if the Bruins and Panthers were to meet in a series, the Bruins would hold the edge in experience over the young Panthers, whose top points leaders are 22 years old or younger.

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WEEI
Sean Thorton joins DJ Bean, weei.com and Joey Mac, ESPN Boston, to discuss

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DJ Bean, weei.com, is joined by Joey Mac, ESPN Boston, talks all things bruins

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Shawn Thornton joins DJ Bean and Joe McDonald to discuss the playoff race between his current team, the Panthers, and his former team, the Bruins.

[0:01:47] ... soon that you would think that the Panthers could push for a playoff spot this year but did you think that would be the Bruins. It would fall to the point that. You two are battling ...
[0:05:13] ... in in your lineup especially when you're trying to fight. For a playoff spot all or staying a playoff spot I mean how important is that. Yeah I mean. I think people it will certainly the definition curriculum in. You're our senator ...
[0:14:44] ... he doesn't want it got structural lists. Awesome shop Orton of the Florida Panthers shot can't think yet and up to the best guess the we've had in the history this two week show. It's a ...
[0:15:44] ... rest of the season. I shut speaker. That's Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers on Sunday skate were going to hit a break. And then on the other rendering get back into the mess that is the 401415. Boston Bruins it's Sunday skate on WB yeah. ...