Morning Free Association: There’s NO NEED FOR PANIC

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Patrice Bergeron. You know him, you love him. He’s all class, really the heart and soul of this team. And thanks to Mother Nature and Father Time, he is getting older.

Perfect Patrice

After playing professional hockey for the better part of 17 seasons, and a whole lot of amateur hockey before that, his body has some wear and tear. Personally, I worry about his groin far more than I should due to the nature of his position and his level of play; he’s battled a nagging injury over the past few years.

All of this is a far too dramatic way of stating this: Patrice Bergeron is not traveling with the team to Montreal and Ottawa due to the same lower body injury that has kept him for playing the Capitals and Devils earlier this month.

Brett Ritchie is still battling an infection. Par Lindholm, who received 18 stitches in his left arm after being cut by a skate blade, will be back in the lineup. To fill out the roster and have room for further setbacks, the Bruins called up Brendan Gaunce and Jack Studnicka.

David Backes is back practicing in a red no contact jersey. He still participated in practice, presumably as a placeholder since he just started skating again on Sunday and needs more time on the ice. Here are the practice lines from Monday morning:

We’ll see who’s in or out tonight.

Happy Birthday, Brandon Carlo!

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Well, aren’t these fun lines.

BRUINS LINES

Marchand-Krejci -Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Studnicka-Coyle
Bjork-Kuraly-Heinen
Nordstrom-Lindholm-Wagner
Gaunce

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Grzelcyk-Clifton
Moore-Kampfer

— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) November 26, 2019

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I know it’s only the Habs, but we should still put out a proper team.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

WTF with the bottom two forward lines?
And Studnika playing center in the top 6?
Is this April Fools Day?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Argh. I really only came into the office to moderate the morning meeting, and one of the managers commandeered the meeting room with the only working phone. So, hooray, I’m wasting my time even being here.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. If it was a few season ago I’d probably panic but the past few seasons this team has stepped up when someone has gone down so BRING ON THE WINNING!

Only one in the office today. Sadly no slacking off because weeeee renewal season!!! ALL THE EMAILS ALL THE PAPERWORK!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

In the last couple of seasons the Bs have dealt well with a short-term Bergy injury. Maybe it forces them to concentrate more? They’ve been so good overall in recent years that letting their focus slip has been a main reason for bad performances.

Only one in the office today.

I had that on Saturday. It was quite pleasant!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Dang it, boss just came in. Liar told me he wasn’t going to be in till 4:00!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Hey All!!!
Rest, Patrice, rest. The Habs do dirty things….. the Bruins need St Patrice in April, May, June…. This team is quite capable of holding the fort.. That said (always with the #@&!ing “that said”, eh?), Bergy will someday need surgery on that thing. Hopefully down the road when he (shudder) calls it quits. Pretty sure Louis Sleigher had a similar, maybe more severe version that cut his career short…. Management of this type of injury is so much better these days.
Managing myself will be the trick today…. warm weather, water here and there, work to do, decisions, decisions!!!

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Quaider4everwash

As long winded as ever!!!!