The Boston Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Memorial Arena on Feb. 19, but without seven of their teammates. The lines are all mixed up and one of them even stopped existing temporarily, all because flu-like symptoms are ravaging the team.
Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille, Andrew Ference, Anton Khudobin, Patrice Bergeron and Adam McQuaid are all absent and feeling unwell. That comes out to four forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.
In their absences, the forward lines look very different. Chris Bourque is on the top line instead of Horton, Rich Peverley is on the second line instead of Bergeron, there currently is no third line and the fan-favorite Merlot line has four players. Lane MacDermid has been called up from Providence and is on that four-person Merlot line along with Jay Pandolfo, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton.
Of the seven sickened Bruins, only three of them were in the crew that went to Newtown, Conn. on Presidents' Day: Paille, Ference and McQuaid.
As for Milan Lucic, who did not play against the Winnipeg Jets, he was back at practice and told the media that everyone in his family is healthy now.
The team's next game is Feb. 21 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.