NHL Bruins Rest, P-Bruins Called Up
Providence Bruins’ forwards Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Lindblad will be available to their NHL counterpart when the Boston Bruins take on the New Jersey Devils today, a report from the Bruins organization informed.
Claude Julien did make it clear that he was hoping to rest players against the Devils, preventing any more injuries or other issues that could affect the B’s competitiveness in the quarterfinals, where they will face the Eastern Conference’s Detroit Red Wings.
Cunningham, the B’s fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has made one appearance for the Julien this season. He leads Providence in goals (25) and is third on the team in overall points (47).
Florek has been on the ice for Boston three times in 2013-14, recording one goal and one assist. The Northern Michigan product is second on Providence with a plus-17 rating. He’s also fourth on the squad in goals (19).
Khokhlachev tops the AHL crew in point total (57). The Russian forward played in his country for the Windsor Spitfires from 2010-2013 before making the trip to the U.S. last year.
Lindblad has skated in one game for the Black and Gold. Down in Rhode Island, the centerman and Dartmouth alumn has numbered eight goals and 16 assists in 53 games.
Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly are all taking time off to gather some much-needed rest. Kelly has been hurt for three matches. Paille is recovering from a powerful hit in the Sabres’ contest. Bergeron is dealing with a minor injury.
The Bruins sealed the President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the NHL’s highest point total, after a victory over Buffalo yesterday.