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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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Chiller is out. Quaider probably in.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Let’s hope Liles has shaken off some rust…

carvinbass18
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blah

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Afternoon!

How is already 1PM. I still have approximately 100000003 things to do today.

phonymahoney
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Good morning, friends!

  • A little late, but like they say, better late than pregnant.
  • My new girl that I finished training a few weeks ago gave her notice on 12/30 and her last day is tomorrow. She has bungled everything she’s touched in the last week and a half or so. It’s making my head hurt. Should have told her not to come back when she gave her notice.
  • I need to get my life together, people. I know, I’ve been saying that for like six months. Jeeeeez.
  • Maybe our team will up the ante and play sixty minutes tonight. Maybe they’ll score goals again. Much of Nashville is hurt, but unfortunately not Mike Ribeiro, so maybe we can make it happen.
  • Would someone be kind enough to locate my motivation? Thanks.
  • Someone I work with and speak to like 20 times each day just found out yesterday that I was promoted over a year ago after introducing me to someone as “de facto department head”, which offended me (only slightly as I have very little dignity). Welcome to my world.
  • I think the All Star jerseys are okay; I like that they’re kind of a nod to the old ones, but I don’t like the color choices. Why is there always so much black and white? Are people that afraid of colorful clothing? Why is our division colors we already wear?
  • Where the hell have Tim, Geoff, and Muse been?
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Ha! Jo’s company just hired and trained a woman (Jo had no voice in the hiring or training). The woman she is replacing is gone and now Jo has to fix fuck ups at an alarming rate and retrain newbie on the same shit daily. She’s losing her mind!!!

    Hoping Ribeiro will do something worthy of an Oscar nomination tonight. That stuff cracks me up.

    I long for the old Prince of Wales Conference and cool All Star jerseys.

    carvinbass18
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  • I beg to differ wink
  • Why must people cock up their 2 weeks? Jerks you’re there as a courtesy to your employer by giving a 2 week notice, do your job for 2 weeks.
  • Have you thought about getting away from Boston for a weekend, or maybe even a week? Sure you do lots of things as it is, but because of that, they can get mundane & boring. Maybe try mixing it up with something completely different?
  • When we score 3 goals I am happy. That is sad. Also, Mike Ribiero is a shit head.
  • Your office communicates just as well as mine it seems.
  • Great question on the black & white. “oh but it’s a sleek & modern look” no, it’s not. But then again, if they did a red/green jersey & a blue/orange one idiots would kill them for “being childish”. No one can win. Marchy & Rask in primary gold jerseys should WAKE JACOBS UP INTO MAKING US A THIRD JERSEY THATS GOLD GOD DAMNIT!
  • Now that’s the million dollar question
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    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Why must people cock up their 2 weeks? Jerks you’re there as a courtesy to your employer by giving a 2 week notice, do your job for 2 weeks.

    Conversely, I worked way too hard in my last 2 weeks at my last place. I owed those jerks nothing.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    Where the hell have Tim, Geoff, and Muse been?

    I was wondering what happened to Miss Muse the other day. I get here and like three weeks later she disappears. Makes me think it’s me… sad

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    i have also been wondering about them folk. Hope all is well with them :/

    carvinbass18
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    Good morning everyone

  • I like the all star jerseys, the gold one is the best
  • Pippi is currently kicking me out of bed and I do not like.
  • 95% sure I’m going skiing Sunday which is awesome, haven’t been skiing in a couple of years now. Really looking forward to that.
  • Em & I discussed our first real vacation we’re gonna take together, and we’ve decided on a week in Montreal around our anniversary (which happens to allow me to see the Canadian GP live). Much excite, Many French, Fast. Wow
  • Only a couple of more days left on this vacation, gotta make’m count!
  • phonymahoney
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    You’re going to have ALL the poutine, which will be exciting. If you don’t have poutine, you’re doing Montreal all wrong.

    carvinbass18
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    i don’t really like poutine. It has the word pout in it, which is just so typical of Montreal because they’re whiners.

    KIDDING I LOVE IT AND IT’S THE FIRST FOOD I’M BUYING WHEN I GET THERE

    phonymahoney
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    Phew. I was really worried after that first sentence!

    The London Bear
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    Montreal is a favourite among the F1 journos – and usually a good race.

    That should be a fab trip despite the outside chance of being in town for a Habs Cup win poop

    No. No, don’t even say it. Don’t even think it…

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    You said it, damn you!

    niw puC sbaH
    niw puC sbaH
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    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    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.

    Can the NHL have more of a hardon for Toews??? Does he get his own special jersey? why mention him at all? the the central div. so boring and lacking in fan following that you have to sell the division with a star player? It would be one thing if you listed like each all-star captain and their team jersey for each div….just just one player is so obnoxious.

    /rant.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Also, Toews hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire this season.

    carvinbass18
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    I think this was more of a shot by Yahoo about him being there. Toews is completely undeserving of this bid this year. However if he’s captain I will come unglued

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Really? Why so serious?

    carvinbass18
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    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

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    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    a shot by Yahoo

    Why so serious?

    View post on imgur.com

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    At least it’s not Patrick Kane?

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    How the heck does Boston have so many more games played than Ottawa? Boston has been playing non stop and seemingly continues to do. When does Ottawa catch up in games played? Must be real late in the season.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    If the Bruins schedule gets lighter, maybe their annual late-season slide won’t happen? *crosses fingers*

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    Or we’ll sit there helplessly as the rest of the Atlantic overtakes them.

    carvinbass18
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    no no. Blind optimism! it hasn’t failed me yet!

    phonymahoney
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    It has failed me many, many times.

    carvinbass18
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    i refuse to see it’s many many many failures because i’m blind now!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Gray is a horrible color on jerseys. I like the purple unis and yellow unis.

    phonymahoney
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    Yes. I don’t like the gray very much.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning Friends!!
    It’s warm!!! I want to be on the river!!!
    A friend wants to paddle tomorrow, but today! Today.
    I can watch the game tonight. Yay!
    I hope Tuukka’s end of the ice is Nashville’s Pred no zone.
    What’s that? The door is where?
    Moar coffee!!

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I kinda hope Zane gets another go with Neal and Subban out. But I also want them to win the game, and that’s something the Bruins just don’t do with backup goaltenders.

    phonymahoney
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    It would be really nice for McIntyre to get a win. It’s super annoying that Tuukka literally has to play every game.

    The London Bear
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    Good morning all.

    -Had a rare and very pleasant day off with the missus yesterday. We went to the cinema to see Collateral Beauty. A nice film but plenty of plot holes if you want to be picky.

    Not the sort of film we’d normally go for, but while we were in NY last year we found ourselves on the set while they were filming it! It was a very warm spring day, but there was snow piled up on the pavements (it’s set at Christmas time), then Will Smith rode past us on a bicycle! So, yeah, we felt we had to go see it.

    -Caught up with the Blues game last night. A fun one, though I think if I were a Blues fan I would be pretty underwhelmed by their performance. Haven’t seen any updates on Chiller or McQuaid.

    -All Star Games aren’t part of the sporting DNA over here so I’m not really sure how prestigious a part of the calendar they are. Opinion on Twitter seems divided.

    -Nashville have only two regulation wins in their last nine, which is encouraging, but it seems you can throw stats out the window when it comes to the Bruins…

    According to Flashscore, James Neal and PK Subban are out, but it also has Marchy listed as doubtful with an upper body injury, though I can’t find anything about that anywhere else.

    -Long-winded today

    phonymahoney
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    -Nashville have only two regulation wins in their last nine, which is encouraging, but it seems you can throw stats out the window when it comes to the Bruins…

    Truer words have not been spoken, sir.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    -Nashville have only two regulation wins in their last nine, which is encouraging, but it seems you can throw stats out the window when it comes to the Bruins…

    The Bruins success seems to follow matchups more than opponent streakiness.
    So if they are goot at beating the Wings or the Sabres, they’ll *always* beat the Wings or the Sabres, but the Habs will magically always beat them even if they have Michael Ryder in netand are icing asn ECHL scrub at 1st line center

    phonymahoney
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    To be fair, Michael Ryder ispretty good in net.

    http://i54.tinypic.com/soy1l2.jpg

    carvinbass18
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    I know exactly why I have this boner.

    Also, versus network hahahahaha

    phonymahoney
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    Oh man, thank god that experience is over!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Versus became NBCSN, so is it really over? Or just the same nightmare by a new name?

    phonymahoney
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    It’s at least pretending be a legitimate network now.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Anyone remember the Outdoor Life Network?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I have an OLN hockey puck in my collection.

    carvinbass18
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    Were you in the movie? Could you see yourself in the background?

    I hate the “oh X team is 0-53523413032 in their last 53523413032” that’s an instant recipe for Boston to get hammered 5-1.

    The London Bear
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    Nah, didn’t see ourselves, but he does ride his bike A LOT in the film so there’s several scenes it might’ve been.

    The Bs certainly seem to have a talent for cheering up struggling teams this year.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Only status I heard was that McQ stayed behind in St Louis the other night rather than travelling with the team while Miller was doubtful for tonight.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Maybe they pulled a stupid & confused Marchand with one of the “M” players who might actually be out tonight?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I am picky about plots!
    You were pretty much obligated to see said film.
    Jake Allen is one of my fantasy league goalies. I’m not real happy with him.
    All Star Game – meh. It’s not even hockey.
    -Nashville have only two regulation wins in their last nine, = Bruins are so screwed.
    I approve of this long winded message.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    On the upside their insistence on letting struggling teams put one over on them makes me believe that the reciprocal has a chance to be true in that if Boston can get into the playoffs as the second wild card they are a shoe-in for the Cup.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    phonymahoney
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    You. You’re good, you.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    I have been thinking along the same lines, bruins play down/up to the skill of their opponents so technically if they make the playoffs they should be playing with drive and not sitting back on their heels. Problem is i havnt seen enough consistent play in the beginning of games to show that they can show up to play even in the playoffs.

    Other then possible issues of injury and or too much TOI to make players worn out by end of year, you would think that they would have zero excuse to look tired and unmotivated in the playoffs. You have no back to backs and you should be well rested going into the first series.

    I think the real thing is just going on a hot streak before playoffs to get their confidence up and take chances to push play and take high percentage shots when they exist.

    They get in trouble when they force passes that arent there or take shots when there is no lane to shoot. That and when pressed they revert to the east-west D-zone passing and eventually someone will misshandle the puck and the other team gains possession in the zone when they could have just skated the puck out a min earlier. If they have confidence and push the play they generally play more north-south and their D does better in those games (assuming they dont fall over on the way back).

    carvinbass18
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    That and when pressed they revert to the east-west D-zone passing and eventually someone will misshandle the puck and the other team gains possession in the zone when they could have just skated the puck out a min earlier

    Good god, this is the most MIND SHREDDINGLY MADDENING THING this team does. STOP GOING LATERALLY IT DOESN’T WORK JERKS

    phonymahoney
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    But it works when there’s a red line. Go red line!

    carvinbass18
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    speaking of redline (and stripes, you’ll appreciate this)

    Yesterday Em & I were in a thrift shop and I found an old “NHL rules in pictures” book. And the book was so old it still had the 2 line pass rule in it, and fighting was considered “fisticuffs” I should of bought it

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I used to play in a league that had the two line pass rule. It’s good for defensemen.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    FISTICUFFS!!!!

    phonymahoney
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    You definitely should have bought it. I love when people say “fisticuffs”.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    My apologies, that was a very sloppily constructed sentence.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72
    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    Last think I saw for Chiller was doubtful for Thursday, which sounds promising long term, except with the way the NHL reports injuries these things have a way of mutating into ‘several months’.

    As for McQuaid…

    http://www.jerseydevilpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/a-bacta-tank-healing-luke-skywalker.jpg

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Claude’s considering both of them “day-to’day“.
    Of course, that means McQ could be doing about this well:
    http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/4/45/Ani01.png

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    Really though McQuaid is reported to be with the team as of today. I am trying to not feel disappointed that a player is healthy enough to travel. It’s cognitive dissonance at its finest right there.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    “Blah,blah, blah -I can’t hear you!!”

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