The 21-year-old Ryan Spooner is expected to be in the lineup for the Bruins when they drop the puck against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. The Bruins prospect should finally get enough ice time to make an offensive play or two rather than the paltry 5:29 of ice time he got in his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens last month.
But it’s more than likely that Spooner centers the third line between experienced winger Jay Pandolfo and fellow youngster Jordan Caron, and Rich Peverley will get bumped up into the mix as top line center between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. It would certainly give the Bruins grizzled experience and superior face-off ability at the center spot on the top two forward lines, and could be just the thing to finally spark an offensive explosion from Peverley.
The 30-year-old Peverley is off to a slow start this season with four goals and a team-worst minus-9 rating in 27 games for the Bruins, and conceded that the struggles have been on his mind.
“Maybe [there is pressure] for other guys to step up, but I’ve expected that out of myself for this whole year,” said Peverley. “So maybe it can put a little more pressure on me, and I can come through and score a few more goals.
“It would be great. Hopefully [with Lucic and Horton] I’d get a few more offensive chances and spend a little more time [in the offensive zone.] We’ll see what happens.”
Peverley hopes to step up game as pressure builds
CSN New England | Mar 19