Mathieu Joseph has been a strong addition since he joined the Ottawa Senators at the NHL trade deadline March 21.
The club may be without the 25-year-old winger Thursday night against the Boston Bruins when the Senators wrap up this road trip at the TD Garden.
The Senators didn’t skate Wednesday after arriving in the wee hours of the morning in Beantown following a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, but Joseph’s status could be questionable against the Bruins.
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Joseph was bumped into the dasher board by Detroit defenseman Moritz Seider with about seven minutes left in the third period and was in some discomfort.
Joseph left the game briefly and returned in the final minute, but didn’t play again and his status will have to be determined after Thursday’s morning skating at the TD Garden.
Joseph has four goals and 12 points in 11 games with the Senators and has fit in well in whatever role coach DJ Smith you have used him.
If he’s unable to play, center Chris Tierney will suit up. He’s been a healthy scratch in four of the club’s last seven games, including the game in Detroit.
Brady Tkachuk still makes a late-night phone call after many of his games.
Speaking on the Youth Inc. Podcast with Greg Olson wednesday, Keith Tkachuk, a former NHL forward, told the show he and his wife, Chantalstill hear from the Ottawa captain and his brother, matthewof the Calgary Flames after several of their games.
“My wife always tell me I could start out with a positive and then, not like it’s bad, just say, ‘Work on this a little bit,’ ” Tkachuk said. “We have these conversations and my wife will say, ‘Well, I’ve seen you play a lot worse games than these boys.’
“With my tail between my legs, I walk away, but we have good conversations.”
Tkachuk said he hears more from Brady because his team is located in the Eastern time zone and it’s an hour earlier in St. Lous when most games are done.
“He’ll call me after a game and when he doesn’t call, I get it and I know that he’s not happy,” said Tkachuk. “The last thing he wants to do is listen to me try to help him out.
“There’s a lot of stuff they want to talk about and if I can help them out I will because I love the game and I want to see them have success.”
THE LAST WORDS
winger austin watson, who had a goal and an assist in the victory over Detroit, grew up watching the Wings and noted it was special to score in his hometown. “It’s really cool.” said Watson. “You grow up as a kid watching the Red Wings and my favorite moments growing up were watching Steve Yzerman, (Sergei) Fedorov and (Brendan) Shanahan. To score goals against the teams I grew up watching as a kid, and what inspired me to want to play, is special.” … Expect to see goaltender Linus Ulmark make the start for the Bruins. He has a 2-2-0 lifetime record versus the Senators with a .921 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average. This will be the first time Ullmark has faced the Senators this season. The Senators will likely go back to Anton Forsberg. He has made 24 stops in the victory in Detroit and has recorded 18 of the club’s 27 wins this season. … One of the reasons the Senators didn’t skate Wednesday is the flu bug running through the team. defenseman Artem Zub was a late scratch in Boston and was replaced by Victor Met. He had a much better outing than he did Saturday in New York. Mete played 12 minutes and 55 seconds, and finished with an even rating. We’ll find out Thursday morning if Zub is well enough to play, but winger Drake Batherson told reporters Tuesday night he lost 10 pounds as a result of the illness.