Morning Free Association: January 12

Now that we’re done with St. Louis and David Backes’ return to play against his former team, we can talk about the All Star Game.

This year the Bruins have not one but two representatives in the game this year: Goaltender Tuukka Rask and winger Brad Marchand. It marks the first time they both will play in the ASG.

Both more than deserve this opportunity for fans to get to see them play in this game; Tuukka has been standing on his head this season with a record of 21-9-3 and a save percentage of .926 and a Goals Against Average of 1.97 while Brad has quietly (for him) put together some nice numbers with 15 G 23 A for 38 points and a shooting percentage of 11.8.

The NHL released pictures of the new All Star jerseys, describing the inspiration behind them among other things.

The jerseys are inspired by the NHL’s Centennial, the Los Angeles Kings’ 50th anniversary and, of course, Hollywood. The Pacific Division will wear the black jerseys; the Atlantic Division will don gold and Jonathan Toews and the Central Divison will be dressed in purple, while the the Metro gets white.

I think they’re kind of ugly but less ugly than last year’s versions. Guess you can’t please everyone, right Carl?

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