The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday, November 22, that they had recalled forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad on an emergency basis while assigning Zach Trotman back to the Providence Bruins. With this most recent of announcements, it would appear that there are perhaps some additional issues that the Boston club is dealing with, though perhaps no one will know until the puck drops at the start of the game against the Montreal Canadiens if anyone is out besides David Krejci and Brad Marchand—both of whom missed yesterday’s game.
“Game time decisions” are a part of the hockey world, and fortunately for the Boston Bruins, because their AHL affiliated Providence Bruins play the same style of game, it is perhaps a little easier for the P-Bruins call-ups to slot in. With that said, Daniel Paille, before the game against the Montreal Canadiens pointed out that it is up to those playing to stay on top of their game and stick to the system.
“Regardless of who’s in or out, we have to maintain that system that’s been working so far for us since we’ve lost guys,” Paille said. “It’s our job for [the call-ups] to get comfortable right away. I don’t have a doubt they will be ready [if called upon].”
Being called up does not guarantee that they will play. However as Lindblad put it, regardless of whether they play or if they watch, they obviously want to be in Boston with the big club.
Even if the players are routinely on the ice wearing the Spoked-P, once they don that Boston jersey, they know that they must hit the ice and play their best hockey, adjusting as quickly as possible to the Boston system. Injuries and substitutions are no excuse, nor does head coach Claude Julien ever use them to explain a loss. His players know this and always look to their own play should questions be asked about what happened during a game.
Perhaps defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said it best when asked about the injuries and their impact on the lineup.
“[It] doesn’t help, obviously, but it doesn’t help us thinking about who’s in the lineup and who’s not,” Seidenberg told reporters before Saturday’s game. “We have to focus, each and every one of us, on our game, and that’s the only way we can play and we can win hockey games.”