Vancouver @ Boston Game Thread

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Finally a hockey game! Tonight the Bruins play their first game in about 856 days since Sunday. They are back home at the Garden and welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town.

Both teams have struggled out of the gate. The Bruins are 2-3-0 on the season while the Canucks have gone 2-2-1 so far. The Canucks are looking to build off their win Tuesday against the Tootsies. They will be without old friend, Loui Eriksson, as he is out for a least a month with a knee injury after he collided with the net.

The Bruins are hoping to put the Vegas train wreck of a game behind them. Hopefully being back on home ice will be just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of medical stuff, it’s time check in on The Bruins Infirmary:

Today’s optional practice saw a whirlwind of news dominate the day. It also caused phony to suffer from a bout of temporary insanity. There there, phony.

Fortunately it seems she has recovered and will be at the game tonight.
Also recovered is David Backes. Cassidy confirmed he will be back in the lineup tonight after dealing with diverticulitis. McQuaid will also be in the lineup so thankfully his leg is suffering no ill effects from taking a shot by Colin Miller during the Knights game.

The million dollar questions is whether Bergeron will finally play his first game this season. He did practice in a red no-contact jersey today, though Cassidy said he will be a game time decision.

Ryan Spooner has officially been place on Injured Reserve with a groin injury. Kenny Agostino has been called up from Providence and will play tonight. Agostino has had a great start in Providence with points in every game so far. He was also named AHL Player of the Week.

Now for the very much not good news. The Bruins have issued an update on Tuukka Rask, who had to be helped off the ice during practice yesterday after colliding with Bjork (No, not that Bjork London Bear!).


Dr. Khu and Zane McIntyre will hold down the fort while Rask is out.

A whirlwind of news indeed. I need a drink.

Let’s play some hockey!

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10/19/2017 Morning Free Association: Finally!

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Finally the wait is over! It’s game day!

The Bruins welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town and I’m sure Brad is happy to see them again.

Checking in on the Bruins Infirmary:
Backes and McQuaid skated with the team yesterday. Bergeron also skated, first in a white jersey before changing into a red no-contact jersey. We should see all three return sooner rather than later. Tuukka Rask and Anders Bjork collided during a drill and Rask had to be helped off the ice.

No word yet on his status. We did receive word that Spooner is expected to be out for at least a month.

Heal up Spooner!

Now let’s get to the comments because I’m sure Satan 81 is eager to share today’s Habenfreude!

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10/18/17 Morning Free Association: Still Waiting

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Another day without hockey. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.

Bruins did have a busy day on the ice. David Backes and Patrice Bergeron were both at practice and skating with their teammates. Perhaps we see a return of both sooner rather than later?

They also made a couple of roster moves, sending Czarnik and Heinin down to Providence.

There should be some information today on the injuries sustained by Spooner and McQuaid during the Vegas game. Neither were on the ice yesterday.

It was also Jake Debrusk’s birthday and he got a special surprise after a clinic for kids at the Warrior Ice Arena:

Hockey tomorrow!!

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10/17/17 Morning Free Association

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*Checks calendar* No game till Thursday? BUT I WANT HOCKEY NOW!

In the meantime, some good news from the Baby Bruins. Kenny Agostino was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. He’s been off to a great start, notching points in all three games so far. Keep it up, kid!

Now back to waiting for more hockey:

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10/16/17 Morning Free Association: A Tale of Two Teams

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This weekend the Bruins played back to back games. The first game against the Coyotes was all sorts of fun and awesome! Chara was in Papa Bear mode. Six different Bruins scored goals, included Bjork scoring his first NHL goal. It was great and everyone was happy.

Then the Bruins went to Vegas and completely forgot how to hockey.

They couldn’t shoot the puck, they couldn’t play in their own zone, and pretty much looked the very opposite of Saturday night. It was a sloppy effort all around.

Vegas took advantage of this and the reinforcements, Tuch and Shipachyov, scored their first NHL goals. Old friend Subban notched his first NHL win and Vegas fans went home happy.

McQuaid too a shot to leg from former Bruin Colin Miller and was down on the ice for about 30 seconds before being helped down the tunnel. CAssidy said he will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days. Spooner also left the game with a lower body injury.

Here’s hoping they leave the bad play behind in Vegas and better games are ahead. Please come back Bergy, we miss you.

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Boston Bruins @ Vegas Golden Knights Game Thread

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Tonight the Boston Bruins play their second game of a back to back. This one takes them to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights for the first time. How excited am I for this game? Very excited.

The Bruins are coming off a 6-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes last night. Zdeno Chara had himself a good night. The Captain led the charge against Arizona, notching a goal and two assists for a three point night. We also saw the first NHL goal for Anders Bjork. Congrats, kid!

The Golden Knights are looking to rebound from their first ever loss at the hands of the Red Wings, losing 6-3 Friday night. However, Lady Luck as dealt them a bad hand this weekend with Fleury, Marchessault, and Haula all being placed on the injured reserved list.

Shipachyov, Tuch, and Lagace have all been brought up for the Chicago Wolves to join the Knights of the Round Circle and it seems old friend Malcolm Subban could see a bunch of playing time while Fleury out. At least the Bruins won’t have to worry about their pants straps.

Neither team had a morning skate so here are the projected lines per Tim Rosenthal:
Brad Marchand-Riley Nash-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Anders Bjork
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Austin Czarnik
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller-Charlie McAvoy

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

David Perron-Cody Eakin-James Neal
Reilly Smith-William Karlsson-Oscar Lindberg
Brendan Leipsic-Vadim Shipachyov-Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek-Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare-Will Carrier

Nate Schmidt-Luca Sbisa
Colin Miller-Jason Garrison
Deryk Engelland-Brayden McNabb

Malcolm Subban
Maxime Legace

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