Both Malcolm Subban and David Krejci left Friday’€™s game in the second period. Subban’€™s night was disappointing. Krejci’€™s could end up being the final nail in the coffin for the 2014-15 Bruins.

Krejci left the ice and needed help down the tunnel after colliding with Alexander Steen at the blue line in the second period. He did not return to the game. His injury appeared to be of the lower-body variety.

The injury came amidst a three-goal stretch for St. Louis to open the period and chase Subban, who was making his NHL debut, from the game. Subban was brought back into the game in the final minutes of the third period with the Blues holding a 5-1 lead, which would stand as the game’€™s final score (box).

Should Krejci’€™s injury cost him significant time, this season is toast for the Bruins. If it costs him any time, Boston’€™s chances of piecing things together and holding down a playoff spot (they have just a one-point lead over the Panthers for the last Wild Card spot; Florida has a game in hand) still take a big hit.

In losing Friday’€™s game, the Bruins have lost the first four games of their current road trip. They have lost six straight games (0-2-4).

Here are four more things we learned Friday.

SUBBAN’€™S GLOVE DOESN’€™T CUT IT

Subban faced only three shots in the first period. He let the next three in.

Whether as a result of rookie jitters, the fact that he was a 21-year-old goalie playing in an NHL game or anything else, Subban struggled mightily with his glove. Petteri Lindbohm’€™s slapshot in the first minute of the second period went off Subban’€™s glove and in, while Alex Pietrangelo’€™s shot from the left circle snuck under the netminder’€™s glove. T.J. Oshie beat Subban glove-side high from a tough angle less than a minute after Pietrangelo’€™s goal, giving the Blue three goals on three shots in 4:21.

Subban was not happy as he left the game, slamming his stick down as he reached the bench.

NO REST FOR RASK

Tuukka Rask didn’€™t look much happier as he got ready to take the ice following St. Louis’€™ third goal. Rask tossed a chair down the tunnel, looking more dejected than angry as he did so.

With Friday’€™s game, Rask has now played in 16 straight games and 25 of the Bruins’€™ last 26. He allowed a pair of goals, the first of which was on a St. Louis power play and the second of which came on a 2-on-1.

This is not good for the Bruins. It would be one thing if the Bruins had to ride Rask to victories while they worked things out solidified their postseason position. Yet by playing Rask and playing as poorly in front of him as they have, they’€™re both wearing down their No. 1 goalie and making the possibility of missing the playoffs very realistic.

FIRST PERIOD NOT ENOUGH

The Bruins played a strong first period, which despite their struggles this season shouldn’€™t have come as a huge surprise given that they’€™ve played well against the Blues in recent seasons.

Part of that was probably the fact that Subban was in net. When a team knows that it doesn’€™t have a sure thing like Rask behind them, it naturally tends to tighten up and limit chances. That was the case when they held St. Louis without a shot until 12:14 into the period. The B’s took a 1-0 lead into the intermission thanks to a Brad Marchand goal, but things unraveled quickly.

CHARA BACK TO POINT

The Bruins only got one power play in Wednesday’€™s loss and they scored on it. A new-look first unit played about a minute and a half and scored, so the second unit was not revealed.

That finally happened Friday, and the changes included Zdeno Chara moving back to the point after playing in front of the net since the beginning of last season. Chara and Reilly Smith manned the points on the second unit, with Milan Lucic, David Pastrnak and Carl Soderberg up front.

The first unit remained Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron, Krejci and Loui Eriksson.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Kevan Miller will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, a source confirmed to WEEI.com Friday. The news was first reported by Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, a source confirmed to WEEI.com Friday. The news was first reported by Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

Miller re-injured his right shoulder in Monday’€™s loss to the Flames. The shoulder was originally injured in a fight against Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers on Oct. 18. He missed 13 games before returning on Nov. 21.

Earlier this month, Miller admitted that he had been advised against fighting again this season by doctors. He also said he expected to have surgery in the offseason.

The Bruins had been using Miller as a third-pairing defenseman, and his loss further weakens a blue line that has seen Zdeno Chara return from a torn PCL injury and Dennis Seidenberg struggle in top-four minutes.

In 41 games this season, Miller had two goals and five assists for seven points and a team-leading plus-20 rating.

The Bruins have not recalled a defenseman and currently have six healthy blueliners. Zach Trotman is the most likely candidate to replace Miller given that he is a right shot, but Joe Morrow, currently working his way back from a knee injury, could be brought up when healthy if the B’s play their versatile left-shot defensemen (Seidenberg, Torey Krug) on the right side.

Miller’s injury could also accelerate a potential trade for a defenseman. The trade deadline is March 2.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Trading Zdeno Chara is a quick way to make the Bruins a bad team.</p>
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Malcolm Subban was reportedly the first goaltender off the ice in Friday’€™s morning skate, indicating the 2012 first-round pick will make his NHL debut against the Blues.

Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban was reportedly the first goaltender off the ice in Friday’€™s morning skate, indicating the 2012 first-round pick will make his NHL debut against the Blues. Right wing Brian Ferlin will also make his NHL debut.

Subban, who is in his second recall of the season, spent a four-game stretch with the B’€™s earlier this month but did not play. He was recalled again this week, with the B’€™s opting against starting him Wednesday against the Oilers. Despite starting Tuukka Rask in the game, the B’€™s still lost to Edmonton in a shootout.

Should Subban play the entire game Friday, it will break up a stretch of 15 straight games played for Rask, who has also played in 24 of the Bruins’€™ last 25 games.

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that both Ferlin and Jordan Caron will play Friday. Both players took line rushes with Gregory Campbell on the fourth line in morning skate, according to the Boston Herald. As such, Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham will be healthy scratches.

According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, the lines in morning skate were as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Caron-Campbell-Ferlin

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled forward forward Brian Ferlin from Providence and placed defenseman Kevan Miller on injured reserve.

The Bruins recalled forward forward Brian Ferlin from Providence and placed defenseman Kevan Miller on injured reserve.

The news of Miller being on injured reserve should come as no surprise, as the team said this week that he would not play the rest of the Bruins’€™ current road trip after re-injuring his right shoulder on Monday night. The Bruins’€™ next game after the road trip is Tuesday against Vancouver, so if Miller is healthy by then he would be eligible to come off IR, which lasts a minimum of seven days from the injury.

Though he began the season technically on the roster so the Bruins could maximize potential cap space going forward, this is the first actual recall of Ferlin’€™s career. A two-way forward from Jacksonville who played his college hockey at Cornell, the 22-year-old has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 46 games this season.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
After two disastrous performances by the Bruins, Pierre Mcguire thinks fans should be checking the standings and start worrying about the team's chances of making the playoffs.

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