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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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.

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:


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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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 ...

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