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The Bruins will showcase their new-look roster Wednesday night at the TD Garden, hosting the lowly Nashville Predators. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, in an effort to shake up his under-performing squad, sent winger Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota over the weekend, in exchange for minor leaguer Craig Waller, unsigned draft choice Alexander Fallstrom, and a draft pick. Another winger lost is Milan Lucic, who found himself in the surgery room instead of the training room over the weekend, to repair his broken index finger. Lucic was put on long term injured reserve, meaning he will miss a minimum of 10 games.
Also on Wednesday, the Bruins got word that All-Star center Marc Savard suffered a broken foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. Couple all that with the injuries of Byron Bitz and Dennis Wideman, who are both questionable tonight, and the B’s have some serious holes to fill. Not exactly what you want to be doing when your team is already floundering with a disappointing 3-4-0 start.
So instead, the Bruins will fill these gaps with the likes of Providence call-ups Brad Marchand, Vladimir Sobotka, and Guillaume Lefebvre, along with newly acquired forward Daniel Paille. Paille, a 6’0” left winger who has appeared in 195 career NHL games, was acquired yesterday from the Sabres, in exchange for two 2010 draft picks. It is unknown who of these fill-ins will be included in tonight’s lineup.
As if the Bruins’ start to the year wasn’t messy enough, on the other side of the ice Wednesday night, the Nashville Predators are looking for a “do-over” themselves. After winning their first two games on the year, they have since dropped five straight, including Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Washington.
Here now, a closer look at the Preds from the Music City:
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