Morning Free Association: January 31

Game play in the NHL begins again tonight after a four-day break for the All-Star Game. Tonight’s Bruins game is the first in an away back-to-back; tomorrow night’s game is at the the Capitals. With starting goaltender Tuukka Rask travelling from Los Angeles and current backup Zane McIntyre returning from Pennsylvania after the AHL All Star Game, looks like old friend Anton Khudobin could be back in net tonight.

After having a terrible time and leaving the game on Thursday with a twisted ankle, Brandon Carlo says he feels good and presumably will play tonight. Yes, he’s hit a wall or tumbled off the map -really any number of idioms could be used to describe his play of late- but surely he will benefit from this time off.

February will see the Bruins play only 10 games after having a compacted, exhausting schedule the past few months. (Thanks, World Cup of Coffee.) While many teams have already have taken their five-day bye weeks, Bruins players take theirs February 13-17. The league first announced this back in 2015 when preparing for the upcoming season and the World Cup. During the bye, there will be no practices for the five-day break:

Players will be completely off with no practice during this break. There will be practice permitted after 4 p.m. local time on the fifth day if there is a game on the sixth day; otherwise no practice will be allowed on the fifth day.

The Bruins will not be playing on the sixth day but will likely be travelling out to California for the dreaded West Coast trip. So, we totally have that to look forward to.

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