BOSTON -- With the possibility of not having Brad Marchand in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, the Boston Bruins have recalled forward Ryan Spooner on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins of the AHL.
Spooner will travel with the Bruins to Montreal and could make his NHL debut against the Canadiens.
Coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena that Marchand was progressing “very well” and the team would make a decision on his availability before leaving for Montreal. Marchand missed the third period of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs after he appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury when he slammed into the end boards late in the second period. He did not practice on Monday.
Marchand has five goals and one assist for six points in eight games for the Bruins this season.
The Bruins originally selected Spooner in the second round (45th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 35 games for the P-Bruins this season, the 21-year-old forward has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points.
Coach (Claude Julien) noted that among forwards Krejci, Marchand and Paille, "there's nobody that's a definite 'no' moving forward here for the next game."
"But we'll make those decisions tomorrow before we leave, and who can and can't play on Wednesday" he added, commenting that it is "very doubtful" for Thornton to make the trip to Montreal.