WINNIPEG -- The Bruins are trying to catch their balance after suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since Christmastime. Wednesday’s agenda called for an early afternoon practice here in the Jets’ hangar, Bell MTS Place, and sorting out of issues that led to a 7-4 defeat Tuesday night in Columbus.
They were practicing without key blue-liner Torey Krug, who was a season-worst minus-5 against the CBJs, and winger Peter Cehlarik.
The B’s were expected to announce the emergency recall of two from AHL Providence: winger Paul Carey and defenseman Connor Clifton. The Providence Journal reported Wednesday morning that both players were on the way to the ‘Peg.
Carey, a left-shot winger, would be the latest attempt to patch the void left by David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and Marcus Johansson, none of whom are expected to be available until the Bruins return home for a Saturday rematch with Columbus, at the earliest. The void would grow with yet another missing body, though Cehlarik played just 7:39 against Columbus.
Krug, the B’s leading scorer among defensemen (6-42–48) and a critical piece of the power play, was minus-3 in a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.
Fellow D-men Matt Grzelcyk (right arm) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were still MIA.
■ If Carey plays with David Krejci, he would be at least the 15th winger the veteran center has skated with this season.
■ Carey, 30, grew up in Weymouth and played for the South Shore Kings junior program (though he is a few years older than new teammates Coyle, Chris Wagner and Noel Acciari). He attended Thayer Academy and Salisbury School before spending four years at The Heights (”A” his senior year, 2011-12, on a team with current NHLers Chris Kreider, Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Brian Dumoulin). He came to the organization in a January deal with Ottawa for defenseman Cody Golubef.
■ The Colorado 2007 fifth-rounder (135th overall) was up and down in three years in Colorado’s system (22 NHL games), and two years with Washington (10 NHL games) before spending last year with the Rangers (7-7—14 in 60 games). He saw five games with Ottawa earlier this season.
■ Raw and energetic, Clifton filled in well in late November, when the Bruins were missing Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Brandon Carlo and John Moore. He skated 20-plus minutes in four of his nine games. His most recent NHL game was Dec. 4 in Florida.
Clifton, a second-year pro, had a nine-game stint with the Bruins beginning in mid-November. Showing plenty of confidence of late — as evidenced by a goal he set up for Carey in this video clip — Clifton has a 6-21—27 line in 53 games with the P-Bruins (leading scorer among their blueliners).
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