Morning Free Association: April 17

One thing that has been different since the Bruins started this series has been the way the team has handled practices; quite frankly they didn’t have them the day after a game. That is until yesterday.

Bruce Cassidy was willing to give some players the day off and some wanted no part of that. Others needed a change in routine.

“Sometimes it’s good to go out get a sweat on,” said Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. “A couple of guys we talked to about taking the day off; they didn’t want it. They played a lot of minutes, so just a couple of things we needed to work on.”

“I don’t think it was physically demanding,” said Cassidy. “We had a day off before [Monday’s] game and I didn’t like our start, so it’s just a little bit of a switch.”

He also gave an update of some of the injured blueliners with no word on Adam McQuaid.

“[Brandon] Carlo skated, [he’s] doing OK, he’s day to day,” said Cassidy. “Doubtful [for Wednesday].”

“Colin Miller’s better, so we’ll have an update in the morning, but he’s ahead of Carlo, know that for sure. And Krug – we’ll list him as day to day, but he wasn’t on the ice today,” said Cassidy.

Hopefully, Chiller is back tonight.

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phonymahoney
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Hey kids!

  • Late to the party, but what’s new?
  • Getting at least Chiller back will be huge.
  • Hopefully we can try to stay out of the box tonight.
  • They need to put a lot of pressure on Karlsson, and wear him down physically to the point where it wears him down mentally.
  • Put bodies in front of the net!
  • The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    My parents will be at tonight’s game, which I think is nice because they never get to go on dates anymore.

    I will be studying (I mean finally reading the material for my test which is tomorrow) tonight, so I doubt I will watch much of the game.

    carvinbass18
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    Morning all (although barley)

    Been very busy today & won’t be on for tonight’s game as company will be over. It was either tonight or Monday. Lets hope that the B’s pull this one out because I can’t watch and they want me to feel bad!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hey All!
    The Bs will win tonight! I’ll be in the pool – kayak polo!!!!!!
    Monday on the river, the guy I’m paddling with says “Is that Cheesegrater ahead?” Rapids get names, I didn’t know this one had one and said so. “Remember Saturday, when you said stay left, I didn’t and my face got dragged over the rocks? That’s why it’s Cheesegrater.” Anyway, I looked for the rock that tells me where I am and it is a lot less prominent than Saturday when 4 feet of it was showing – barely two feet showing. The whole trip turned into one wild ride. I checked the gauge when I got home. It was normal when I left the house (850cfs) but about the time we put on, it rose to 1,400 cubic feet per second. Wild, wild ride!!!
    Kill Karlsson!!!! And why the extra “s” there? One “s” is plenty for any Karlson.
    Mmmmmm, cawfeeeee!!

    phonymahoney
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    Yikes!

    The London Bear
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    Mornin’.

    That paddling sounds borderline insanity! Are there any adrenaline sports you want to try buy haven’t yet?

    They definitely need to focus on limiting Karlsson’s impact on the game.

    Why the extra ‘s’? Cos he’s Karl’s son! Or maybe it’s for Sneaky Swede. Who knows?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    There are many adrenaline sports that I have no interest in. Extreme sports with heights one can die from, in particular. Not my thang. There are a few I’d like to get to some day. Kite boarding looks like fun.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Hey all, got a long day ahead of me so not sure if i have the luxury of being distracted on here but I really hope this is one of those days that flys by.

    Things of note…im on my second round of antibiotics for this sinus infection…doctor said if this doesnt do it something is wrong and I am gonna have to get checked out to see if there isnt an underlying issue…yay spending money!

    Allergies are the devil.

    Bruins are either overachieving and wont last much longer or they are actually this good and its going to 7 as people get healthier….lets hope for the later!

    The London Bear
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    7 be damned, we’ll win it in 6!

    Best wishes for your medical issues.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Thanks! i go through it like..twice a year so its kinda routine for me…never fun though.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Please come back Chiller. You aren’t the end all and be all, but we can’t go into game 4 with that same D from Monday.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Chiller would make a Yuge difference!!!! Dude is just coming into his own.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Honestly, Not sure if Chiller is going to make the difference. Not sure if Chiller is the one that would help absorb TOI…thats more of a Krug or Carlo role. I dont think Cross did poorly out there, he just wasnt the one to help reduce the amount of time Chara had to be out there.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Chiller is better than either Cross or Morrow (neither of which has been bad, but this is just simple fact). Obviously Krug or Carlo would be better, but look at the quotes above- We’re not seeing Krug any time soon and it sounds like Carlo isn’t likely until Friday at the earliest. Gotta take the improvements we can get.

    And to be honest, if I was Cassidy I’d consider taking the Cooper tack and scratching a 4th line winger (so one of Beleskey/Schaller/Vatrano) and dressing a 7th defenseman so we can cut down the minutes of the replacement and sub-replacement guys, at least until Carlo comes back

    phonymahoney
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    I think you keep Schaller in and bench either Beleskey or Vatrano. Not sure which, probably Vatrano.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Well- in this case it would be scratching 2 of the 3 (because only 2 of those 3 would dress if you weren’t going to try to roll 7D)

    The London Bear
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    That would be a fab idea. Chara can’t be playing 30mins plus on a regular basis. Much as I love him his age is starting to show now. He’s even older than me for Chrissake!

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    That is a really good idea. Moore and Nash can hold down the 4th line with Marchand or maybe Stafford alternating shifts with them? I didnt see the game so I dont know what the bottom 6 looked like, but I assume a shooter would be good with those guys.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    What Dr. Hgh said. The 4th line has really been the second best line, they have been consistently (other than bergy line) the line to establish offensive zone time and pressure causing the change in momentum to score. Stafford has done a good job at making the top two lines a little more solidified.

    I am really starting to wonder if you would try Taking Backes and converting him back to center and Trade Spooner next year and use JFK and Nash/Moore as the remaining two center spots.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    That really isn’t the 4th line anymore. Based on minutes, Cassidy is playing the Beleskey-Spooner-Vatrano line as the 4th. Moore-Nash-Acciari has been playing more and better, and when the team post lines have been listed before the Spooner line of late

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I’m surprised he hasn’t done this already.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Did we have 7 defensemen before today? lol

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Did we have 7 defensemen before today? lol

    Do we even have 7 D who are fit to play?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    We do now. Chiller is back, so if you kept Cross (which they didnt) you would have 7. Carlo is game time decision i believe but not likely. Krug is still day to day and no work on Quaider.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I can help

    A post shared by Nick Badgio (@nickbadgio) on Apr 18, 2017 at 5:19am PDT

    DrHandgrenaid
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    We did not.

    Well…. Gryz was up before monday’s game

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