Dec 27, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips (4) battles for a rebound with Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) during the third period of Boston

Johnson recalled for, Chara in for tonight's game against the Islanders.

The Boston Bruins have had a tough time this month battling through a series of injuries that have gone through the roster. December has been a crazy mess for the Black and Gold. Even with the battering the Bruins have been taking, the strength of the players and the depth of the organization have kept the Bruins atop the Atlantic Division. The bruised Bruins have still found a way to go 8-4 coming into the final game of the month and of the year.

To help fill in the gap with all the injuries amongst the squad, the Bruins organization has once again dug into the depth bag that is the AHL Providence Bruins. Nick Johnson, who had an outstanding training camp has been recalled again to skate in tonight’s game. Johnson has already played eight games this year for Boston, and while he has yet to register a point, he has been a solid presence for the B’s in his previous performances.

We’re all still a little shocked and disappointed with the season ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg. With an expected six to eight month healing process, and the question of surgery still up in the air for him, it falls on the called up defensemen to earn that job for the remainder of the season. At the moment, the safe bet appears to be on Kevan Miller. Miller will be crossing the ten game threshold with tonight’s game against the Islanders. So, unless Peter Chiarelli has another one of his infamous super trades up his sleeve, it appears Miller has just won the (Black and)Golden ticket.

There is some good news coming out of the TD Garden this morning. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be healthy enough for tonight’s tilt against the New York Islanders, as confirmed by Chara and Bruins reporter Caryn Switaj.


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