Ryan Spooner and the Boston Bruins are preparing for the final meeting of the 2015-16 NHL season with long-time rival, the Montreal Canadiens. This will be the fifth meeting this season, including the Winter Classic on January 1st. Montreal has taken 3 out of the four games. Boston won 3-1 against the Habs back on December 9th. With David Krejci most likely being out of the lineup, Ryan Spooner will probably play the second line center role like he has done for the entire time that Krejci has been out.
Now it isn’t certain quite yet that Krejci won’t don the B’s sweater Tuesday night. Him and David Pastrnak both travelled with the team so there is still some sort of a chance. But, the way it is looking as of right now, neither Krejci nor Pastrnak will play. Krejci joined in the black and gold’s practice on Monday, but he stated that he wasn’t 100%.
“It was kind of lonely here by myself, but it was good to get out there with the guys and get a real practice,” Krejci told the Bruins website.
“I’d like to come back as soon as possible, but this kind of injury — at this point, where I’m at now, it’s kind of day-to-day, so we’ll see how I feel [on Tuesday]. Hopefully better and see how it feels [Tuesday] in warmup.”
HC Claude Julien stated the following to Bruins media about the two Davids.
“It’s nice to see him out there,” coach Claude Julien said. “You know, both Davids are back in there, so it was nice to see those guys.”
“They’ve been playing really hard,” Krejci said of his teammates. “Even in the games they lost, they could have gotten at least a point, so they’ve been playing well, so hopefully once I come back, I can just kind of jump in and just keep going with the guys.”
According to DK 46, it may seem that he won’t battle the Habs in the Bell Centre. So, once again, the 23 year-old will probably take the spot.
Ryan has 11 points in the 8 games of Krejci’s absence. He was unable to record a point on Saturday against the Leafs, but he put up 3 points the night before against Buffalo. Last season, during Krejci’s injury, Spooner came up huge along side Milan Lucic and David Pastrnak. In the final 10 games of the 2014-15 season, Spoons put up 3-3-6 totals. He made a big difference, especially morally to Lucic and Pastrnak. Ryan went through numerous call ups and send downs last season. It was when he replaced Krejci, that he fully excelled.
Due to last year’s performance, Bruins management gave Spooner the third line minutes. Back on December 27th, David suffered an upper-body injury against the Senators and has been out ever since. Coach Julien said the following about Spooner’s performance this season.
“He’s been good. He’s been a real good asset for us, a real good replacement for David Krejci since he’s been down, said Julien. “He’s been really skating well, making things happen, back-checking. “I’m really happy with the way he’s taken on that responsibility; coming in and giving us a second line that’s been pretty good offensively.” -HC Claude Julien
With Krejci, Pastrnak, and McQuaid out for Tuesday’s game, will the rest of the Boston team be able to take down the Canadiens? Or will the Habs shine on home ice?
Below is a video of ALL of Spooner’s goals last season.