Back without Bernier: Hartford pregame

Steve Bernier remains under the weather, is the word from downstairs, so Casey Bailey moves up to his spot, Stephen Gionta moves into Bailey’s, and Josh Holmstrom moves back in.

It’s the first time all season that any of Ben Holmstrom, Seth Helgeson or Bernier have sat out — consecutive game 169 for the captain — so it’s the first new letter of the season. The other ‘A’ goes to… Kyle Burroughs. Kid-defenseman rotation goes back to Mitch Vande Sompel.

Ryan Graves is on for warmup for Hartford but didn’t rush.

F: Bourque-Fritz-Bailey
Eansor-St. Denis-Johnston
Dal Colle-Stevens-Gionta
C.Jones-B.Holmstrom (C)-J.Holmstrom
D: Lafranchise-Aho
Toews-Burroughs (A)
Helgeson (A)-Vande Sompel
G: Gibson

F: Whitney (C)-Catenacci (A)-Kosmachuk
Schneider (A)-Chytil-Lettieri
D: Gilmour-Sproul
(Graves (A)-scratch)
G: Georgiev

R: Romasko. L: Galvin, Hejna.

This should be the box.

Bridgeport scratches (believed healthy unless noted): Cullity, Wotherspoon, Bernier (ill), Schempp.

New work compy. I assume something I will need tonight will be on the dead hard drive, and I assume I will typo something (hopefully hilarious and not fireable) while getting used to a new keyboard. For instance, when I typed “Whitney” above, it came out “Whitey.”

Michael Fornabaio