Nathan Horton is in the lineup tonight and skating on the top line with Marc Savard and Michael Ryder. Horton missed the previous two games due to an undisclosed injury. In other injury news, Milan Lucic is out of the lineup tonight because of an upper body injury. Lucic left the early from last night’s game against Pittsburgh. His status is reportedly day-to-day.
Milan Lucic had his hearing today regarding the match penalty he received in Thursday’s game against Atlanta. As a result Lucic will be fined $2500 for the punch he threw and $1000 for his gesture towards the Atlanta bench.
According to the Boston Globe, Milan Lucic will play tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. With Lucic’s expected return, Byron Bitz should be the healthy scratch.
Milan Lucic has been skating for the past week but has yet to practice with the rest of the team. The majority of his skating has been with the training and coaching staffs. Lucic will make the trip with the Bruins to Florida but is not expected to play in either game.
Encouraging news that Lucic is skating, especially multiple times this week. I would not expect him to return until after the two games in Florida but he should be available for the Winter Classic and possibly for Wednesday’s game against Atlanta. When Lucic comes back expect Begin to be bumped back to the fourth line with Vladimir Sobotka and Byron Bitz fighting for the final roster spot.
The Bruins have announced that Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski have been recalled from Providence on an emergency basis. With the recall of two defensemen it is likely that Dennis Wideman, who missed the entire third period, will not be available for at least Friday’s game. There is also speculation that Mark Stuart was injured in Monday’s game, meaning the iron man may possibly be unavailable. In addition, Milan Lucic has been placed on LTIR. Placing Lucic on LTIR, has no impact on his status. It is simply a cap procedure allowing them to carry two additional players. With the two additional players, the Bruins would have a total of 24 players on their roster, exceeding the 23 player cap limit. However, placing Lucic on LTIR means he must miss a minimum of ten games and 24 calendar days (retroactive to the last game played), meaning he is still available to come back and play in the Winter Classic.
Milan Lucic has been out since November 25th due to a high ankle sprain. However, with the absence of Lucic the Bruins have picked up 7 out of a possible 10 points. The physical winger would have been great to have in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, one in which the Bruins were completely flat and emotionless from the drop of the puck. Now with the winter classic approaching ( 10 games away), Lucic is hoping to get back on the ice in time to be able to play on New Years. Typically a high ankle sprain keeps a player out 4-6 depending on the severity of the injury. When Lucic originally suffered the injury, GM Peter Chiarelli stated it should be around a month before Lucic can return to action. While the Bruins would love to have him back for the nation wide event, do not expect them to rush him specifically since high ankle sprains are difficult to heal from and often can be reoccurring. It would be best for the Bruins to ease him back, ensuring his health for the remainder of the season instead of having a possible setup occur if he rushes back too soon.
In a press conference held today, GM Peter Chiarelli announced that Milan Lucic could miss up to four weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Yet another injury to the Bruins, as this is Lucic’s second time getting bit by the injury bug. Expect Vladimir Sobotka to be inserted into the lineup in Lucic’s absence.