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Nokelainen, Kobasew day-to-day

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 12, 2009 12:22 PM

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Petteri Nokelainen (eye) and Chuck Kobasew (leg, upper-body) are both day-to-day, according to Claude Julien. Neither will be available for tomorrow's game against New Jersey, although Julien didn't rule out either from traveling to Nashville for Saturday's match. Julien said Nokelainen didn't suffer a fracture when he was clipped by Dan Boyle on Tuesday.

Chuck Kobasew, injured during this collision on Tuesday, will not play tomorrow. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

* With both Nokelainen and Kobasew out, Blake Wheeler has switched to the right side, while Martins Karsums served as Patrice Bergeron's right wing today. Karsums landed at Logan last night after helping Team Latvia qualify for the Winter Games with a 4-1 victory over Italy. Karsums learned of his recall last night upon his arrival at Logan. Karsums said he doesn't know whether he'll be on the Olympic roster, but it's a good bet he'll be in Vancouver next February. Latvia will be in a preliminary group with Russia, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

* Julien said that with Kobasew and Michael Ryder out, he needed some up-front help on the flickering power play, which prompted him to take Patrice Bergeron off the point. Bergeron has played the point the last three seasons on the power play. Bergeron said he was a down-low PP guy during the 2005 World Junior Championship.

* Stephane Yelle said he couldn't remember the last time he saw consistent power-play minutes. Yelle was the goal-line/net-front lefty on the first unit today. Julien said he likes how Yelle is willing to stand in front of the net, noting that he is effective at tipping pucks.

* Dennis Wideman tried out a visor before practice, but took it off because of fogging.

* Ryder went through an off-ice workout today. His face is swollen, especially around the right eye. Ryder will speak about his injury on Monday.

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