News: Rask made 32 saves in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: He really wasn't tested much despite the relatively high number of shots. Still, it was a nice boost for the talented tender who's put up merely average numbers so far.
News: Hamilton scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's win over Toronto. He was the game's top star.
Impact: This guy has stud written all over him. The Bruins are counting on him to help fill the gap created when Zdeno Chara got hurt. Those are tough skates to fill, but we're about to see him flourish in that situation.
News: Rask will start in net Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Rask is 3-3-0 on the season to date, but he hasn't looked like his usual self so far. With an .880 save percentage and a goals-against average of 2.91, Rask will need to improve if the Bruins want to make another run at the Cup this year.
Zach Trotman - #62 - Defense - 6'3" - 219lbs
News: Trotman worked on a defensive pairing with Matt Bartkowski during Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Fellow recall Joe Morrow served as the Bruins' spare defenseman Friday, suggesting that Trotman is likely to suit up Saturday night against Toronto. With both Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara out, Trotman has a chance to stick with the big club in the coming weeks, though he's unlikely to produce enough offense to merit fantasy consideration.
Dennis Seidenberg - #44 - Defense - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: With Zdeno Chara out, Seidenberg joined Dougie Hamilton on the Bruins' top defensive pairing in Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Seidenberg, who is bouncing back from surgery that he underwent in early January to repair an ACL/MCL injury, is slowly rounding into form, and with Chara out four to six weeks, he'll be counted on heavily to provide a shut-down presence in the coming weeks. That said, in his role as a rugged and defensively sound defenseman for the B's, he's not likely to be much of a fantasy factor. To date, Seidenberg has yet to record a point in nine games.
News: With Zdeno Chara out, Dennis Seidenberg joined Hamilton on the Bruins' top defensive pairing in Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Per the Boston Herald, Hamilton took a shot off his hand during the session but appears to be okay in advance of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. To date, Hamilton has notched two points in nine games, but in Chara's absence, he figures to be counted on heavily by the Bruins in the coming weeks, with an uptick in production plausible.
News: Chara (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Impact: The move comes as little surprise after Chara was ruled out four-to-six weeks after suffering a PCL tear in his left knee Thursday night. Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow were recalled from AHL Providence in corresponding moves to give the Bruins some replacement options on the blue line.
News: Per GM Peter Chiarelli, surgery is not considered a likely option for Chara, who sustained a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Thursday's game against the Islanders, the Bruins' official site reports.
Impact: While Chiarelli fell short of declaring that surgery has been 100 percent ruled out, at this stage it does not seem a likely outcome for Chara, who the report confirms will be out 4-6 weeks. In the absence of Chara, at Friday's practice, the Bruins' top two defensive pairings appeared to be Dennis Seidenberg/Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug/Adam McQuaid.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Friday that Miller (dislocated right shoulder) is progressing.
Impact: That said, there is no timetable yet for Miller's return to action and with Zdeno Chara out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, the Bruins have added blue line depth by recalling Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman from AHL Providence. Miller and Chara have been placed on injured reserve.
Joe Morrow - #45 - Defense - 6'0" - 197lbs
News: The Bruins have recalled Morrow from AHL Providence on an emergency basis, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Zach Trotman was also recalled Friday, with the moves made to add depth to the Bruins' blue line in the wake of injuries to Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara. In five games with Providence to date, the 21-year-old Morrow has recorded a goal and an assist. In the short term, a wait-and-see approach is in order from a fantasy perspective, but in general, the 2011 first-rounder -- who could make his regular season debut with the Bruins as soon as Saturday -- projects as a mobile two-way blueliner for the team.
Zach Trotman - #62 - Defense - 6'3" - 219lbs
News: The Bruins have recalled Trotman from AHL Providence on an emergency basis, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Fellow defenseman Joe Morrow was also recalled, with the moves made to add depth to the Bruins' blue line in the wake of injuries to Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara. The 6-3, 219-pound Trotman, who suited up for two games with the big club last season, has recorded one assist in five games with Providence to date. He's off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of formats, but as a result of the Bruins' recent injuries, Trotman and/or Morrow will be pressed into action in the coming days, beginning with Saturday's game against Toronto.
News: The Bruins confirmed Friday that Chara suffered a PCL tear in his left knee Thursday against the Islanders, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports. Chara will miss four-to-six weeks and will not require surgery.
Impact: Friday's update verifies the initial recovery timetable indicated a day earlier for Chara, who left the game against the Islanders after colliding with John Tavares midway through the first period. The absence of Chara is a devastating hit to a team that had been struggling defensively through the first three weeks of the season. The Bruins recalled Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from AHL Providence on Friday to add some depth to the blue line in the interim.
News: Kelly tallied his second goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Kelly wasn't expected to offer much on the offensive end coming into the season for the Bruins, but he's been a driving force for their offense in the early going. The goal boosted his point streak to five games, and his seven points and plus-4 rating are tied for the team lead.
News: Chara is dealing with a knee ligament injury and is expected to miss at least four-to-six weeks, Aaron Ward of TSN reports.
Impact: It's yet to be determined whether he'll need to undergo surgery, which could sideline him for even longer. The Bruins have been off to a slow start this season, and losing their captain for an extended period of time just when they seemed to be turning the corner won't help. The team will probably add a defenseman from the AHL before Saturday's game.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Chara tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks.
Impact: General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chiarelli said it was good news in that other ligaments in the knee would require a longer recovery. Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares.
News: Svedberg stopped 35 of 38 shots Thursday against the Islanders, but was narrowly outplayed by opposing netminder Chad Johnson in a 3-2 loss.
Impact: Johnson occupied Svedberg's role as Tuukka Rask's backup highly effectively last year, and in defeating his replacement, Johnson got a measure of revenge for the Bruins cutting him loose in the offseason. However, Svedberg has been great for the B's so far, having posted save marks of at least .921 in all four of his appearances (three starts), so they won't be too filled with regret.
News: Chara left Thursday's game in the first period and won't return.
Impact: Chara's injury is undisclosed at this point, but it's at least serious enough for him to sit for the remainder of the game. The Bruins next play Saturday, so Chara's status should become clearer sometime Friday.
News: Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders in the first period, after he laid a hard hit on John Tavares, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: It's usually the opponent that comes away sore following a check from the big-bodied Chara, but the defenseman seemed to be worse off after this particular collision. He didn't return for the remainder of the first period after suffering the injury, but the Bruins haven't officially ruled him out from returning. Stay tuned for a further update on his condition.
News: As expected, Svedberg has been confirmed as the starter in goal Thursday against the Islanders, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: In an interesting pregame subplot, the goalie in the opposite net will be the Isles' Chad Johnson, the man Svedberg replaced as the backup to Tuukka Rask. Svedberg has filled Johnson's shoes adequately thus far, surrendering only two goals on 64 shot attempts in his three games.
News: Svedberg is expected to be between the pipes Thursday's game against the Islanders.
Impact: Svedberg was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Thursday night. Svedberg has shined in limited action this season, posting a 0.91 GAA by giving up just two goals in 132:18 TOI.
Brad Marchand - #63 - Left Wing - 5'9" - 183lbs
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marchand scored his first goal of the season in a 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: Coach Claude Julien indicated in the preseason that Marchand could see increased action on the power play, a move that paid off Tuesday as his goal came on the man advantage. He logged 16:50 worth of ice time, and now has points in three of the Bruins' last four games after being held off the score sheet in their first four contests.
News: Krejci had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
Impact: Krejci has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.
News: Krug matched his career high for points with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
Impact: The Boston defenseman now has five points in his last three games (two goals, three assists) after recording none in his first five contests this season.
News: Lucic matched a career high with three assists in a 5-3 win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
Impact: Lucic has five points in the last three games, all assists, after registering none in his first five contests this season.
News: Griffith scored the first goal of his NHL career in Tuesday's win over the Sharks.
Impact: He'd gone without a point in his first three games since being recalled, but scored a huge goal in this one, tying the game at 3-3 in the third period. A 50-point producer for AHL Providence last year, Griffith clearly has some offensive upside, but at age 21, the undersized winger has still got some gains to make in terms of consistency. It's worth noting that after averaging more than 15 minutes in his first three games, Griffith played under 13 minutes Tuesday.
News: Krejci picked up a power-play assist and a shorthanded, empty-net goal Tuesday against the Sharks.
Impact: A secondary assist and an empty-netter -- about as unimpressive a two-point game as you can have. But it still represents his fourth straight game with a point, giving him two goals and four assists in five games this year.
News: Krug scored on the power play and dished out two assists (one on the man advantage) in Tuesday's victory over the Sharks.
Impact: Easily the best outing of the year for Krug, who's on a three-game point streak now after starting the season with five straight scoreless contests. He should put up plenty of points this year thanks to his role on Boston's power play.
News: Lucic had the primary assist on three goals -- two on the power play -- in Tuesday's win over the Sharks.
Impact: Impressive playmaking by Lucic, who's racked up five helpers in his last three games (accounting for all his offensive output this year), but still hasn't found the back of the net himself. He didn't even put a shot on goal Tuesday, the third time that's happened this year.
News: Rask stopped 31 of 34 shots Tuesday in a 5-3 victory over the Sharks.
Impact: Rask and the Bruins actually fell into a 3-2 hole in this one before rallying for three unanswered goals in the third period. While it's good to see Rask pick up his third win, this is just a so-so game by his lofty standards and his save percentage early on this year is still hovering well under .900.
News: Rask led the Bruins onto the ice and will start Tuesday against the Sharks.
Impact: Rask will match up with San Jose's Antii Niemi as he looks to even his season record at 3-3.
Alex Fallstrom - #59 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 203lbs
News: Fallstrom will return to Sweden, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports.
Impact: A call-up to the NHL was not on the horizon for Fallstrom, so he decided to head home to Sweden for the time being. The Bruins placed him on release waivers, so he will be free to sign with any team if he attempts to return to the NHL.
News: Rask is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Rask was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him on track to open Tuesday's game in the home team's crease. He will take on a San Jose team that was shut out in its last contest, but is still averaging 3.17 goals per game.
News: Griffith, whom the Bruins recalled from AHL Providence on Monday, skated with Milan Lucic and David Krejci during Monday's practice, the team's official site reports.
Impact: The Bruins return to action Tuesday against the Sharks, and if Griffith rejoins the team's lineup for that contest, it's plausible that he and Simon Gagne could both end up seeing ice time with Lucic and Krejci.
News: Miller is out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Miller injured his shoulder during a fight with the Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers on Saturday, and will be sidelined indefinitely until he recovers. Miller has yet to record a point, but had a plus-4 rating and five PIM in six games before getting hurt. In his absence, look for Matt Bartkowski to return to the Bruins' blue-line mix, beginning Tuesday against the Sharks.
Matt Bartkowski - #43 - Defense - 6'1" - 196lbs
News: With Kevan Miller out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, Bartkowski is in line to rejoin the Bruins' lineup Tuesday against the Sharks, the team's official site reports.
Impact: After being a healthy scratch for six of the Bruins' first seven games, Bartkowski figures to see regular duty in Miller's absence. While Bartkowski doesn't produce enough offense to merit fantasy consideration, his mobility and ability in the transition game are assets on the Bruins' blue line.
News: Griffith was recalled by the Bruins following his game with AHL Providence on Sunday, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.
Impact: At the present time, Griffith appears to be on the roster bubble, likely in line to rack up a lot of mileage between Boston and Providence over the coming weeks.
News: Hamilton had a goal and an assist and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Saturday night.
Impact: Hamilton had no points in his first six games.
News: Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Saturday night.
Impact: Svedberg could have some real fantasy potential.
News: Miller has an upper-body injury while fighting Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers eight minutes into a game on Oct. 18.
Impact: Miller is out indefinitely.
Ryan Spooner - #51 - Center - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Spooner was assigned to AHL Providence on Sunday.
Impact: Spooner skated in five games for the Bruins this season, but failed to score on six shots, recording a minus-2 rating while averaging just 10:50 of ice time. The 22-year-old forward recorded 46 points (11 goals and 35 assists) over 49 games with Providence last season, and should receive ample playing time back there. He's a candidate for a recall when the big club needs depth up front, but the return of Gregory Campbell squeezed him out of the B's lineup.
News: Griffith was assigned to AHL Providence on Sunday.
Impact: Griffith played in three games with the Bruins this season, but didn't record a point. Back in Providence, he scored 20 goals and assisted on 30 more over 69 games last season. The organization surely wants him to receive consistent playing time with the AHL squad, but Griffith could see time with the Bruins again if they suffer an injury up front.
News: Chara recorded his second goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: Chara opened the new campaign with five straight games without a point, but he's since bagged a goal in each of the last two games. He turned in his most active performance of the young season Saturday, attempting a team-high seven shots, blocking three more on defense, and finishing with a plus-2 rating over his 29 shifts.
News: Krug bagged a goal in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Sabres.
Impact: After he was held without a point in the first five games, Krug seems to be heating up along with the rest of his mates. He's now delivered a goal and assist while attempting seven shots over his last two tilts.
News: Miller suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's game against Buffalo, Comcast SportsNet's Joe Haggerty reports.
Impact: Early in the game, Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers hit Miller, leading to a fight between the two. At the end of the skirmish, Miller fell on his right side and seemed to injure his arm or elbow. No word yet on his status for Tuesday's matchup with the Sharks, but if Miller is forced to miss time, Matt Bartkowski would be in line to rejoin the Bruins' blue-line mix.
News: Kelly's point streak stands at three games and four assists after he picked up a helper in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: He seems to clicking with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson right now, and that line is providing the Bruins with some much-needed secondary offense while the team works to get into a groove this season.
News: Hamilton picked up his first two points of the season Saturday when he scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Buffalo.
Impact: This kid is going to be the backbone of the Bruins' back end in just a couple of years. He and Zdeno Chara form an interesting pairing, with the latter mentoring the young stud to essentially replace him one day.
News: Svedberg made 32 stops Saturday to earn a shutout win over the Sabres. The game ended 4-0.
Impact: Sure, the boys from Buffalo have a pop-gun offense, but Svedberg was kept busy -- the Sabres had seven power plays on the night. He is a strong option between the pipes whenever he plays. He'll deliver you strength from your bench.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Lucic apologized to the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens and their fans Saturday for making an obscene gesture Thursday night in Montreal.
Impact: Lucic took a penalty late in the Bruins' loss and made a gesture toward the fans, followed by one of him raising an invisible Stanley Cup. In his first public comments since the incident that cost him a $5,000 fine, he expressed regret and called his actions selfish and inexcusable.
News: Svedberg will receive the start in goal Saturday against the Sabres, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: The inexplicable struggles of Tuukka Rask (2-3-0, 2.90 GAA, .870 save percentage) will result in Svedberg making his third appearance of the season Saturday. The Bruins certainly didn't expect Svedberg to play this frequently in the early stages of the campaign, but the rookie has proven up to the task thus far, saving 30 of the 32 shots he's faced. He'll represent an elite fantasy option Saturday against the 1-4 Sabres, who allow the most shots per game in the league and attempt the fewest.
News: Griffith didn't participate in line rushes at Saturday's morning skate and looks like he could be a healthy scratch against the Sabres.
Impact: Griffith failed to make the most of his opportunity to play on the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, so it looks like coach Claude Julien will now give Simon Gagne a look in the role. If Griffith ends up serving as a healthy scratch for multiple games, it would seem likely the Bruins would send him back to AHL Providence, where he'd see more consistent ice time.
News: Gagne is expected to play on the Bruins' top line in Saturday's game against the Sabres.
Impact: The Bruins haven't yet found a viable replacement to Jarome Iginla as the top-line right wing, so it looks like Gagne will be the latest player to receive an audition there. He's mostly been relegated to fourth-line duty since signing with the Bruins on Wednesday, but if he can quickly establish some chemistry with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, he could end up sticking there.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Eriksson had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss to Montreal on Thursday night.
Impact: The Boston winger had one goal in his first five games this season.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The NHL fined Lucic $5,000 for making an obscene gesture at the fans in Montreal.
Impact: Lucic taunted the crowd and then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup while entering the penalty box in Boston's 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He did not speak to the media after the game. Lucic has not been well-liked in Montreal since last year's playoffs, when he threatened Dale Weise in the handshake line after the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in seven games.
News: Campbell saw 10:38 worth of ice time in his return to action Thursday against the Canadiens.
Impact: Campbell returned to his usual assignment of centering the B's fourth line, an assignment that provides him with modest fantasy value, though the experience and grit he provides to the team's forward corps in that role are assets to the Bruins.
News: Krug notched an assist in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Montreal.
Impact: With the Bruins' offense off to a sporadic start, the point was the first of the season for Krug, who missed the the first 11 days of training camp before re-signing with the team. That said, Krug, who was a plus-3 in the game, was skating well Thursday and with regular power play duty part of his job description, expect more consistent production from the mobile blueliner as the season progresses.
News: Chara scored his first goal of the season Thursday against the Canadiens, but finished minus-3 in the defeat.
Impact: Though Chara has put up a decent amount of shots (19) through six games, the Bruins' collective offensive nosedive has denied the blueliner of opportunities to pick up any assists. Chara got off to a similarly slow start to the 2013-14 season before the Bruins offense heated up, and his fantasy owners can only hope that narrative repeats itself again.
News: Gagne tallied a goal in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: The goal was Gagne's first since Apr. 23, 2013, which incidentally enough, came against the Bruins. The 34-year-old Gagne is probably miscast as a fourth-liner for Boston, but with the team in need of an offensive spark in the early going, the opportunity could exist for him to ascend to a more prominent role with the team, specifically if he starts seeing more time with with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, who Gagne ended up skating with to close Thursday's game.
News: Kelly contributed a pair of assists and went plus-2 in Thursday's loss to Montreal.
Impact: Fine work by Kelly, who's notched four points in six games so far -- a dramatically higher rate than what we've come to expect from him. Don't be surprised if he ends up falling into a lengthy slump.
News: Lucic picked up his first points of the season -- a pair of assists -- as well as a dozen penalty minutes in Thursday's loss to Montreal.
Impact: He was ejected late in the game, which is how he compiled all those PIM. He also could potentially end up with a short suspension after making rude gestures at the crowd. Lucic also went minus-1, so coming off last year's plus-30, he's minus-2 through six games this year. The PIM contributions are expected, but it's odd that Lucic opened the year with five point-free games. Monitor him carefully.
News: Krejci picked up two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's loss to Montreal.
Impact: After missing some early action due to an undisclosed injury, Krejci now has three points in as many games since returning. It sure looks like he's a safe lineup roll again.
News: Erikson scored a goal, contributed an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's loss to Montreal.
Impact: This defeat certainly can't be laid at Eriksson's feet, but even with this effort, he hasn't bounced back much yet this year, with just three points in six contests. It's odd for a guy who's less than 30 years old and doesn't have much of a track record with injuries to decline as Eriksson has, but his fantasy owners are stuck with that reality.
News: Rask was touched up for five goals on just 23 shots in Thursday's loss to Montreal before giving way to Niklas Svedberg at the 7:17 mark of the third period of the contest.
Impact: Aside from his strong effort in the opener, Rask hasn't looked very Rask-like in most of his outings, as he entered the game with a sub-.900 save mark, and things certainly didn't get better. While it's more than reasonable to expect Rask to recover from this rough patch nicely, it's possible that the Bruins will go to Svedberg against Buffalo on Saturday.
News: Lucic was ejected late in the third period after he made gestures at the crowd and had words with the ref following a penalty late in the third period, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Lucic vented some of his frustration after being called for a penalty late in the third period, but it cost him the rest of the game. He will almost certainly face at least a fine for his actions, and could receive a short suspension as well. Either way, the situation should be resolved in the next few days.
Ryan Spooner - #51 - Center - 5'10" - 180lbs
News: Spooner will serve as a healthy scratch Thursday against the Canadiens.
Impact: With the surprising return of Gregory Campbell to Thursday's lineup, Spooner will forfeit his role as the club's fourth-line center. After Thursday's game, Spooner will more than likely return to AHL Providence, where he'll be able to see more consistent ice time to further aid his development.
News: Campbell (abdomen) was activated from the Bruins' non-roster injury list and will play Thursday against the Canadiens.
Impact: Campbell still hadn't been cleared for contact as recently as a few days, so his availability for Thursday's contest comes as something of a surprise. In any case, despite missing much of training camp with a mid-core injury, it appears Campbell will reprise his role as the Bruins' fourth-line center, where he'll be joined by Daniel Paille and Simon Gagne. Ryan Spooner will serve as a healthy scratch to clear a spot for Campbell in Thursday's lineup.
News: Rask will be in goal Thursday against the Canadiens, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: It wasn't known who would be in the starter's crease for the Bruins after they chose not to skate Thursday morning, but it looks like the team will stick with Rask for their second game in as many days. Rask's save percentage sits at a mediocre .894 through four games, but it shouldn't take long before he brings that up closer to his .927 career mark.
Patrice Bergeron - #37 - Center - 6'2" - 194lbs
News: Bergeron notched an assist in 16:48 worth of ice time during Wednesday's shootout win over Detroit.
Impact: As ESPN.com notes, Bergeron endured a bit of an injury scare Wednesday after absorbing a slap shot on his left foot late in the second period of the contest. Fortunately, the outstanding two-way pivot returned for the third period and should be fine for Thursday's game against Montreal.
Reilly Smith - #18 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Smith scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Red Wings.
Impact: While the Bruins' offense hasn't taken off yet, Smith has managed three points in five games to date. Skating with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, and seeing work on the team's power play, Smith (who notched 51 points in 82 games last season) should see his share of scoring opportunities moving forward.
Matt Bartkowski - #43 - Defense - 6'1" - 196lbs
News: Bartkowski was scratched in favor of Kevan Miller for Wednesday's game against Detroit.
Impact: Bartkowski's mobility is an asset to the Bruins' blue-line corps, but he has only suited up for one game this season. He could be in and out of the team's lineup often unless injuries create a consistent spot for him.
News: Miller saw 16:25 worth of ice time in Wednesday's shootout win over Detroit.
Impact: With Miller back in the Bruins' lineup on Wednesday, Matt Bartkowski was a scratch. Moving forward, Miller should suit up more often than not, but he's not much of a fantasy factor, with six points and 38 PIM to his credit over 51 career NHL contests.
News: Making his season debut with the Bruins, Gagne saw 12:13 worth of ice time and recorded two shots in Wednesday's shootout win over Detroit.
Impact: Gagne began the contest skating on the Bruins' fourth line, along with Daniel Paille and Ryan Spooner, was shifted late in the game to a trio featuring David Krejci and Milan Lucic. It remains to be seen which line Gagne -- who came close to netting the winning goal late in Wednesday's tilt -- will be a member of Thursday against Montreal, but if he ends up sticking with Krejci and Lucic either in that contest or down the road, the veteran winger would have an opportunity to carve out some fantasy utility with the B's.
News: Krejci potted his first goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Krejci found the back of the net for the first time this season after missing the team's first three games with an undisclosed injury. The Bruins offense racked up 39 shots on goal on the night, and Krejci should still be considered a top-tier fantasy center.
News: Rask allowed two goals on 20 shots in Wednesday's shootout win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Rask improved to 2-2, as the Bruins finally looked like the Cup contenders they're expected to be preseason, outshooting the Wings 39-20.
News: Rask will be between the pipes for Wednesday night's contest against the Red Wings.
Impact: Rask was the first goalie off the ice during Wednesday's morning skate, and as expected, led the Bruins on the ice for pregame warmups. He'll get an early rematch against Detroit, a team that already defeated Rask 2-1 back on October 9.
News: Gagne is on track to suit up Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Impact: In his introduction to the Boston lineup on Wednesday, Gagne is slated to work on the Bruins' fourth line, along with Daniel Paille and Ryan Spooner. The 34-year-old Gagne hasn't played in an NHL regular season game since 2012-2013, so a wait-and see approach is in order here, though from the Bruins' perspective, the team hopes that the veteran winger has enough left in the tank to help provide a much-needed spark up front.
News: Rask was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate Wednesday and is thus expected to start against the Red Wings.
Impact: Rask turned in a rare dud of a performance his last time out Saturday against the Capitals, surrendering four goals on just 17 shots. The Bruins let him rest Monday versus the Avalanche in favor of backup Niklas Svedberg, so Rask should be more than ready to redeem himself Wednesday. Even if Rask plays his usual solid game, he'll still require more support from the Bruins offense, which has generated four goals in the team's four contests to date.
Matt Bartkowski - #43 - Defense - 6'1" - 196lbs
News: Bartkowski skated on a defensive pair with Dennis Seidenberg in Monday's loss to the Avs, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Bartkowski, who was making his season debut for the B's on Monday, entered the lineup at the expense of Kevan Miller. In 19:50 worth of ice time, Bartkowski finished with a minus-2 rating. Going forward, it's plausible that Bartkowski could be in and out of the lineup, until injuries hit the Boston blue line.
News: Gagne skated on the Bruins' fourth line along with with Daniel Paille and Ryan Spooner at Tuesday's practice, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Assuming he suits up Wednesday against the Red Wings, it looks like the Bruins will probably ease Gagne (who did not play in the NHL last season) back into the mix. Down the road though, it's not out of the question that he'll get a chance to see action with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. For now, however, Seth Griffith is manning the right wing spot along with that duo.
News: Griffith saw 16:10 worth of ice time in his NHL debut Monday, a 2-1 loss to the Avs.
Impact: Griffith worked on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on Monday, a combo that remained intact at Tuesday's practice, the Boston Herald reports. As long as Griffith skates on that trio, he could merit fantasy attention, but as a whole, the Bruins' offense is off to a sluggish start through four games to date.
News: Krejci (undisclosed injury) saw 19:06 worth of ice time in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Avs.
Impact: In his regular season debut Krejci, who led the Bruins in scoring last season with 69 points in 80 games, centered a line with Seth Griffith and Milan Lucic and also saw 1:49 worth of power play duty. While his return didn't immediately spark the B's sluggish offense, his presence provides the Bruins with welcome stability down the middle on the team's top three lines.
Bobby Robins - #64 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 220lbs
News: The Bruins have waived Robins for the purpose of assigning him to AHL Providence, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Assuming Robins clears waivers, he'll return to Providence, where he saw action in 68 AHL games last season, amassing 221 PIM and 14 points. In three games this season, including his NHL debut, the 32-year-old forward recorded 14 penalty minutes.
Jordan Caron - #38 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 204lbs
News: The Bruins have assigned Caron to AHL Providence, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Caron, who saw action in Monday's loss to the Avs, remains a candidate for recall when injuries hit, or the next time the Bruins are looking to shake up their depth forward mix, but he's not likely to be much of a fantasy factor when he is with the big club this season.
News: Gagne agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Bruins on Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gagne spent training camp with the Bruins and did not make the cut; however, the team convinced him to stick around without a contract, and he was ultimately rewarded Tuesday. While the veteran winger's role out of the gate has yet to be clarified, the 1-3 Bruins could certainly use an offensive spark at this time. Gagne, however, has not seen action in a regular season NHL contest since the 2012-2013 campaign.
News: Eriksson netted his first goal of the season -- a power-play tally -- in Monday's loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: It was also the first point of the season for Eriksson, who is currently skating on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly. Eriksson's fantasy value has gone down in Boston, where he's no longer playing on the top line and top power-play unit, as he did in Dallas. Through four games, Eriksson has managed just seven shots on goal while averaging 16:32 of ice time.
News: Svedberg gave up two goals on 30 shots in Monday's loss to Colorado.
Impact: Svedberg, who is the backup to elite starter Tuukka Rask, was very good on Monday, almost helping the Bruins nab a point. With the game tied 1-1, Svedberg was beat with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Avalanche their first win of the season. If Monday is any indication, the Bruins will not shy away from giving the 25-year-old Svedberg the odd start every now and then.
News: Miller was not present for warmups in advance of Monday's game against the Avs.
Impact: With Miller evidently a scratch, it looks like Matt Bartkowski will join the Bruins' blue-line corps for Monday's contest.
Matt Fraser - #25 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 204lbs
News: Fraser was not present for warmups in advance of Monday's game against the Avs.
Impact: With the B's coming off a 4-0 blanking at the hands of Washington on Saturday, the team's lines have a new look on Monday, with Fraser on track to sit out the contest.
News: Griffith is in line to make his NHL debut Monday against the Avs.
Impact: Moreover, based on warmups, he's on track to work on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, and if the trio clicks enough to stay intact, Griffith could merit fantasy consideration.
News: Svedberg will start in net Monday against the Avalanche.
Impact: Svedberg will get his first start of the season Monday as he tries to keep the goalless Avalanche at bay once again.
News: Krejci (undisclosed injury) has been cleared in advance of Monday's game against the Avs.
Impact: Krejci is thus poised to make his season debut Monday, and based on Sunday's practice, it appears as though he's on track to center a line with Seth Griffith and Milan Lucic.
News: Griffith worked on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic during Sunday's practice, the Bruins' official site reports.
Impact: While it remains to be seen whether Krejci (undisclosed injury) will return for Monday's game against Colorado, if the combo sticks, it would present the 21-year-old Griffith -- who was recalled from AHL Providence on Sunday -- with an opportunity to carve out some fantasy utility out of the gate.
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News: Rask made 17 saves Saturday.
Impact: Last season's Vezina Trophy winner has played all three of the Bruins' games.
News: The status of Krejci (undisclosed) for Monday's game against the Avs has yet to be determined.
Impact: Krejci was able to practice Sunday, and indicated afterward that he's hoping to feel good enough to suit up for Monday's contest. That's not a lock to occur, however, so consider the center day-to day for now.
News: The Bruins have recalled Griffith from AHL Providence.
Impact: He'll cycle into the Bruins' depth forward mix after the team assigned Craig Cunningham to Providence on Sunday. In two games with Providence to date, Griffith has recorded one goal and a plus-3 rating.
Craig Cunningham - #61 - Left Wing - 5'10" - 186lbs
News: The Bruins have assigned Cunningham to AHL Providence.
Impact: In a corresponding move, the B's recalled forward Seth Griffith. Cunningham did not record a point in three games for the Bruins out of the gate this season.
Ville Leino - #16 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Leino signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL on Sunday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Leino was released by the Bruins in late September, which led to the expectation that he would sign overseas. It's possible he could again receive some NHL interest with a strong showing, but it's also possible he stays in Europe for good.
News: Rask made 17 saves in a 4-0 loss to Washington on Saturday night.
Impact: He's one of the league's best, but he can't win games singlehandedly -- cripes, the Bruins have scored just three goals in their first three games this season. Be patient -- they'll right the ship and Rask will once again deliver elite numbers for fantasy owners.
News: Though Campbell (core) has been skating with his teammates, he has yet to be cleared for contact.
Impact: The report notes that there's no timetable for Campbell's return, with Craig Cunningham manning the Bruins' fourth-line center slot in the meantime.
David Pastrnak - #88 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 167lbs
News: In his AHL debut Friday, Pastrnak notched two assists in Providence's 2-1 overtime win over St. John's, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Manning right wing on a line with Seth Griffith and Matt Lindblad on Friday, Pastrnak recorded a team-high five shots on goal, though a defensive lapse in overtime preceded the youngster's helper on the team's game-winning tally. For now, the Bruins will continue to evaluate Pastrnak at the AHL level, but ultimately the team has three options. If the 18-year-old forward is recalled, the B's would have a nine-game window before determining whether or not to keep him with the big club. Alternatively, he could play the entire season with Providence, or he could be returned to his former team in Sweden.
News: Coach Claude Julien indicated Saturday that Krejci (undisclosed injury) is "day-to-day."
Impact: Supporting that notion is that Krejci skated Saturday for the first time since leaving the Bruins' preseason finale with an unspecified injury. In any case, the center won't play Saturday against Washington, but his progress will be worth monitoring in advance of next week's four-game slate, which opens with a Monday tilt against the Avs.
News: Rask was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and looks prepared to start Saturday against the Capitals, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: It was thought that the Bruins might consider resting Rask with the Bruins kicking off their season with three games in four days, but it looks like coach Claude Julien will stick with the reigning Vezina Trophy winner yet again Saturday. To Rask's credit, he played superbly in the Bruins' Wednesday/Thursday back-to-back, saving 41 of 44 shots (.932 save percentage) while posting a 1.53 GAA. Even with the strenuous workload thus far, expect Rask to deliver another sterling performance versus the Capitals. With the B's playing four games in six days (including back-to-back tilts Wednesday and Thursday) next week, look for backup Niklas Svedberg to see at least one start during that span.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Rask made 21 saves to help the Bruins win their third consecutive season opener, 2-1 over the Flyers on Wednesday.
Impact: Rask is an obvious, top-tier fantasy netminder.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Kelly scored the tiebreaker with 1:51 left in the third period of Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: A grinder, Kelly has little fantasy value at the moment.
News: Campbell will begin the season on the injured list with a middle body injury.
Impact: Campbell isn't a great fantasy option after scoring eight times in 82 games last season. It's uncertain when he'll return.
News: Krejci returned to the ice on Columbus Day.
Impact: Krejci began the season on injured reserve.
Anthony Camara - #75 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 194lbs
News: Camara has been shipped to the minors.
Impact: Camara was placed on injured reserve to begin the season due to an illness.
Marc Savard - #91 - Center - 5'10" - 191lbs
News: Savard hasn't played in three years due to multiple concussions.
Impact: He may not ever play again, though he hasn't officially retired.