With Thornton and Paille out for the Bruins and Brad Marchand a game-time decision, Ryan Spooner got his first call of the year to suit up for the black and gold in Montreal on Wednesday night.
As the Bruins try to improve to an impressive 7-1-1 on the year Wednesday night versus the Montreal Canadiens, they will have to do it without the services of Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille as both will not travel to the Bell Centre. Ryan Spooner will be called up on emergency basis due to the uncertainty of Brad Marchand being able to play. Julien believes Marchand will be a true game-time decision.
Thornton experienced symptoms of a concussion after fighting John Scott from Buffalo a little less than a week ago. He is now feeling much better, but the Bruins are playing it safe with the fourth-line forward.
Daniel Paille has an upper-body injury as he received a high stick to his left eye. He did participate in practice on Monday, but skipped some drills to avoid another stick to his eye.
“I don’t feel too bad after a couple of days off,” Paille said. “At first I was a bit worried about what could happen to my eye, but luckily it wasn’t anything too serious.”
Brad Marchand unfortunately took a hard spill into the boards in Toronto at a high speed and jammed his shoulder that left him out for the end of the second period as well as all of the third period last Saturday night (precautionary reasons). He will travel with the team to Montreal and participate in the team’s practice Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Claude Julien thinks his forward is a game-time decision on Wednesday night.
“He’s going to practice with us today and then we’ll make a decision probably tomorrow on his situation,” Julien said.
Ryan Spooner will get the call to the big club on Wednesday. In 35 games with the Providence Bruins Spooner scored nine goals and dished out 21 assists. He is tied for the team lead in points alongside Jamie Tardif (30).
There were talks that Spooner would make the Bruins out of training camp, but the black and gold decided to give Chris Bourque a shot. Look for Spooner to prove something if he gets ice time on Wednesday night. The talent and upside are there with this young center as Bruins fans have heard this name for a while now.
Shawn Thronton is one of the toughest players in the NHL. To fight a defenseman who stands 6’8, 270lbs is unheard of when your the size of Shawn Thronton. With a tough rival such as Montreal, the Bruins could really use Thornton to be an enforcer at the Bell Centre.
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