Marchand, Eriksson and, Yes, Bergeron
We’ll finally get a look at the second half of the Bruins 1, 2, punch for this upcoming season. With center Patrice Bergeron making the trip to Detroit to fit between Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson the follow up line to Milan Lucic, David Krejci and new acquisition Jarome Iginla will show us what kind of chemistry they have already built up, if any. Krejc, Luc and Iggy have already shown they can work well together with Iggy putting up two against Montreal. The line combined for 6 points total, 3 goals, Krejci getting the third with Lucic assisting on all 3. Hopefully Bergeron’s smart 2-way play will help create some opportunities for Marshy and new addition Eriksson.
Coach Claude Julien hopes that the return of Bergeron to that second unit will help calm down the excitable Marchand who Julien felt was trying to do too much when they made the trip to Baltimore to play the Capitals.
Bergeron is coming off some horrific injuries he sustained through the 2013 playoffs. The laundry list of problems sent Bergeron from the ice after the disappointing loss in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals right to the hospital where he spent three days. Suffering from torn rib cartilage, a broken rib, a separated right shoulder and a punctured left lung he amazingly played through to the end. With all those ailments the Bruins Faithful were not expected to see Patrice until the start of the regular season this year so the fact that he is to be in the lineup tonight in Detroit is a very welcoming sign.
The B’s were beaten up by the Wings just a few days ago 8-2. While both teams will be sporting different rosters it would be a good sign to see the boys correct some of the mistakes made during Wednesday’s drubbing and I’m sure the added leadership of multi-year Selke Trophy finalist Bergeron will do nothing but help.