Well, you can’t win them all and sometimes you lose two in a row. At least the Bruins managed to steal a much-needed point from the New York Rangers on Saturday evening. I had every intention of talking with folks in the game day thread, but my dog had other intentions:
MOMMY WANTS TO WATCH HOCKEY AND TALK ABOUT HOCKEY BUT IT IS CUDDLE VEGAS TIME NOW! U WAIT I GET KUDDLE!
— VegasTheDog (@IAmVegasTheDog) December 15, 2017
Yes, that was from the Capitals game but it was still true on Saturday because Vegas likes to cuddle next to me during hockey games and take away one of my arms. She gives it back eventually.
Another fun fact about Vegas is that she’s not fond of a certain hockey player:
Ok, now my dog is growling at Sidney Crosby.
I've never been so proud.
— L'Amore di Gelato (@LAmoreDiGelato) December 15, 2017
Okay, okay, enough about my cute cuddly, love muffin.
This week the Bruins get to make up some of those games they have in hand on other teams. Up through this weekend they’ve played the fewest games of all NHL teams, even as much as 4 games less than other conference teams. Starting tonight, the Bruins will play 4 games before the break: tonight versus Columbus, tomorrow night at Buffalo, Thursday at home against Winnipeg, and Saturday in a home manatee game with Detroit. That’s a lot in 6 days.
Adam McQuaid might make his return to the ice tonight, pending medical clearance. With that Bruce Cassidy will have to make some decisions regarding his lineup. He certainly seems to relish the opportunity for this flexibility.
“That’s an internal discussion that we’re starting to have, and then you can play seven D,” said Cassidy. “It could be a different one every night – might play six D one night and seven the next. Again, it will create competition – good competition.”
One player that might not return to the lineup soon is Anders Bjork. A healthy scratch on Saturday evening against the Rangers, Bjork has been struggling with his game as of late.
Bjork was a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Wisconsin native has been held to just one point in his previous five games. Ryan Spooner replaced Bjork alongside David Krejci on the Bruins second line. Whether Bjork returns to the lineup is yet to be decided.
“We sat him a game; We’ve talked about how we want to handle that,” said Cassidy. “We’ll have a conversation today or tomorrow morning about that. So, I wouldn’t say the forward group would be the same for sure.”
Bjork is waivers exempt, so if Don Sweeney should assign him to Providence, there are no waivers to clear. This might not be a bad idea. It’s not unusual for younger players to run into a wall with their development in their first NHL season, especially when the player has had to deal with a concussion and other injury.
We’ll see who’s in the lineup later on this evening.