NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to talk about the struggling Bruins.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to talk about the struggling Bruins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Bruins lost in a shootout to the Oilers on Wednesday night, which was their fifth straight loss overall, and sixth in their last seven games. McGuire noted the loss to the struggling Oilers was a bad loss, and the pressure has been raised a great deal with the team as the trade deadline approaches.

“I am not going to change because I really like this team. I like major components of this team, but there were a few things last night,” McGuire said. “No. 1, they did all the changes they needed to change in order to try and be competitive in that game. Secondly, they had a terrible start, which doesn’t speak well to some of the commitment of some of the players on that team. And the third thing is they did go with their perceived best goalie and probably is their best goalie in Tuukka Rask and weren’t able to get the job done.

“That is a huge point in the standings. It’s a huge, huge point. If you look at the rest of the road trip — they are in St. Louis and they are in Chicago — two very difficult places to play. This has a chance to be 0-5 on the trip. That is not where you wanted to be, especially with their run through Alberta. This is going to be really interesting to watch the Bruins because I got to believe the pressure is just amped up unbelievable.”

With the way things are in the standings, currently sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, there is no wiggle room for the Bruins.

“They are up against it, no question,” said McGuire. “I think this is going to be, especially when you consider Cam Neely’s words to Kevin Paul DuPont. Those were strong words. Those were coming from ownership. Those were coming from a man that is fully vested in the team and helped put the team together. You have to think this is a real difficult situation for Peter Chiarelli and for the Bruins hierarchy to figure out because the cap wise they are in trouble. That is the reason why they traded Johnny Boychuk this year. Now some people could say revision is history.

“‘Hey, they should have kept Boychuk and just played it out at the end of the year, and why didn’t they keep Jarome Iginla and his 30 goals?’ There are going to be a lot of second guessers here. I still think the team is good enough to make the playoffs and have a run, but I do think they need to do something before they get to the trade deadline on March 2. What that is, I don’t know. I don’t know how they are going to pull it off.”

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The Bruins opted against starting Malcolm Subban Wednesday night, further underscoring the importance placed on getting two points against the second-worst team in the NHL.

They still lost.

The Bruins opted against starting Malcolm Subban Wednesday night, further underscoring the importance placed on getting two points against the second-worst team in the NHL.

They still lost.

The Bruins opted against starting Malcolm Subban Wednesday night, further underscoring the importance placed on getting two points against the second-worst team in the NHL.

They still lost.

After coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period, the Bruins held even with the Oilers through the third period and overtime before losing in a 12-round shootout that saw Boston fail to score once. Tuukka Rask finally surrendered the shootout’€™s only goal to Martin Marincin on the 24th overall attempt.

The loss was Boston’€™s fifth straight (0-3-2) and sixth in the last seven (1-4-2). The Bruins have two more games on their current road trip, as they’€™ll play the Blues Friday and the Blackhawks Sunday. Rask has now played in 24 of the Bruins’€™ last 25 games, so the Bruins, entering must-win mode each night, may face more tough decisions regarding whether to risk burning out their best player.

Here are four more things we learned Wednesday night:

REVAMPED POWER PLAY SCORES

Claude Julien hasn’€™t been afraid to tinker with his forward lines, and on Wednesday that extended to the power play.

When Andrew Ference went off for tripping Brad Marchand late in the first period, Julien sent out a unit that featured Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug at the points, with David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron up front and Loui Eriksson in front of the net. The group stayed out there for all 91 seconds of the power play until Eriksson tipped a Hamilton shot past Ben Scrivens. The goal was the group’€™s sixth shot on goal of the power play.

YOUR NIGHTLY RIGHT WING CHANGE UPDATE

Claude Julien went with a short bench early on by giving the fourth line only three shifts, but that wasn’€™t the only thing he did with his lines. For seemingly the billionth time this season, Julien mixed up his top-nine right wings in-game.

The top three lines began as such:

Lucic-Krejci-Smith
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Kelly-Soderberg-Pastrnak

With Julien’€™s changes in the second period, they were as such:

Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson

The moves paid off, as Smith scored after returning to his usual linemates and Pastrnak netted his second goal in the last five games. Smith’€™s goal, which came off a rebound of a Brad Marchand shot, was just his second goal in the last 20 games.

PENALTY KILL STRUGGLES EARLY, HOLDS UP LATE

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a first-period power play and Teddy Purcell scored while Brad Marchand served a slashing penalty in the second period. Factoring in Jiri Hudler’€™s second third-period goal from Monday, Purcell’€™s goal made it three straight penalty kills for the Bruins in which they allowed a goal.

The B’€™s were more effective on the PK late in the game, when they had to kill off a pair of penalties to Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg, respectively, with less than 10 minutes to play and did so successfully.

BRUINS ALLOW FIRST GOAL AGAIN

With Nail Yakupov’€™s first-period goal, the Bruins allowed the game’€™s first goal for the sixth time in their last seven contests. The B’€™s are 1-4-2 in that span.

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DJ Bean
We talk Bruins hockey with the great Jack Edwards of NESN. Bruins losing streak, Malcolm Subban, and trade-deadline deals are all on the table.

[0:00:28] ... confidence rebuilding effort against the next worst team in the league the Edmonton Oilers. I know that we we were sort of talking about this on our our nest in conference call earlier today. Have you ...
[0:03:55] ... you. Who were who were untouchables in the broad. Who grew out Patrice Bergeron. You know it. You can you could say that charge on possible but it. The reason he's untouchable is because he's going ...
[0:04:29] ... stability that veterans are franchise defenseman deserve to have. And and as Zdeno Chara certainly deserve that his last contract negotiation that's just the fact. The retail valuable player when he comes up for contract is ...
[0:07:28] ... Jack Edwards so live from Edmonton with the Bruins take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight. I'm unless quote updated you guys on Kevin Miller's situation. All I know was that he came back to Boston to get to shoulder looked at re injured at the other night and Calgary. He suffered a separated shoulder earlier in the season and a fight in buffalo so it stands to reason that he's probably not in great shape. You might need some help on defense I got to move for you Jack. Put Andrew Ference on that plane back to two Saint Louis and Chicago. Make a deal with the Edmonton Oilers for a guy who is a veteran captain guy but they might be willing to part with it. Yeah well maybe. But ...






Should the Bruins be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, and what are they doing with Malcolm Subban? Discuss all things Bruins with DJ Bean right here at noon.

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Sportsnet’€™s Nick Kypreos reported Tuesday night that the Bruins are considering trading defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and right wing Loui Eriksson prior to the March 2 trade deadline.

Kypreos said the motivation behind trading both players is to free up cap space for a potential addition this season or to have more space in the offseason when they have to re-sign a number of players.

‘€œThey still want to add a depth forward, a guy that can give them a bit of a presence, so what does that mean? They’€™ve got to still move some salary out and the name I’€™m hearing now is Dennis Seidenberg,’€ Kypreos said. ‘€œHe’€™s been a great guy for them the last few years, really solidified himself there with Chara the last few years as a pair, but he still has $12 million to go on a contract, and he’€™s not that well. Something’€™s got to give, maybe they’€™ve got to move him out before they can move someone else.’€

Kypreos went on to say that Eriksson’s name is “out there” in trade discussions as well.

Seidenberg, 33, is in the first year of a four-year, $16 million deal, while the 29-year-old Eriksson is signed through next season at a $4.25 million cap hit. Both players have no-trade clauses and would need to approve any potential move.

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DJ Bean
Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

If this callup for Malcolm Subban is a “showcase,” it had better not have anything to do with this season.

Subban is a goaltending prospect, which means you can flip a coin as to whether he’€™ll be a Vezina winner or just another guy, but he’€™s a highly regarded prospect nonetheless. Tuukka Rask is signed at a very reasonable $7 million for six more years after this season and Subban will be NHL-ready before that. For a team that’€™s set at goaltender, he’€™s a great chip to have if they are so inclined to move him.

But not for a two-month rental. If the Bruins want teams to have some video of Subban in case they talk trade in the offseason, fine. Airplanes exist and scouts are allowed to watch AHL games, but sure. By all means. Let teams watch him play in an NHL game against the second-worst team in the NHL (and one of the nine that scores less than the Bruins).

We’€™ve already outlined that the Bruins should absolutely not move anything of significant value at the trade deadline. They should take their chances as is in a weak Eastern Conference this postseason with the understanding that this has turned into a transition year. If guys start performing like their usual selves in April and May, they’€™re capable of beating any Eastern Conference team that doesn’€™t a C and an H on their sweaters, but they’€™re better off waiting until the cap goes up and they aren’€™t paying nearly $5 million in overages before they go out and start trading good young guys.

What would the Bruins even move Subban for this season? The Sabres reportedly asked for him in exchange for Chris Stewart, which they must have known was a ridiculous request. Stewart, an inconsistent right wing whose motivation probably hasn’€™t matched his talent over the last three years, might be the type of addition the Bruins should make at the deadline, but only because he realistically should only cost a mid-round pick and/or a mid-level prospect.

The team’€™s needs (if they go for it, which again, they probably shouldn’€™t) are a top-four defenseman, a potential first-line right wing and anything that can fix the fourth line. Subban maybe gets you one of those things in this seller’€™s market. Unless there’€™s an affordable player at one of those positions that’€™s controllable beyond this season, there’€™s really no point in using such a good piece now while the prices are high.

Playing Subban Wednesday could bring something the Bruins need as much as anything else: a win. You’€™d certainly hope the Bruins would be able to beat the Oilers on any night anyway, but the Bruins have been positively dreadful in front of Tuukka Rask the last four games. Playing a backup goaltender can be an effective means of getting a team to pay better attention defensively, and right now Subban might be better than Niklas Svedberg, who has been pulled from two of his last three starts.

Subban might not be a big part of the Bruins’€™ 2014-15 season, but he can impact future ones far more than he would by fetching a rental over the next couple months.

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DJ Bean