Morning Free Association: Banged Up Bruins

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Tonight, the Bruins take on the Penguins for the last game of their homestand. On Friday, they will travel to Washington to face the Capitals on Saturday night. However, a key player will be out of the lineup and the other banged up Bruin will take a break from starting.

Injured in Tuesday night’s game against the Penguins, Jake DeBrusk is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. I guess he’s lucky in that it isn’t so serious. He will not play tonight. In yesterday’s practice, Craig Smith was moved up to the spot at top line RW that DeBrusk was temporarily occupying in David Pastrnak’s absence.

Tuukka Rask had a maintenance day after shaking off some kind of tweak in game on Tuesday night. Bruce Cassidy said that Jaroslav Halak was the planned netminder for tonight anyway and hopes that Tuukka will be ready to go for Saturday.

Based upon yesterday’s practice lines, it looks like everyone moves up a line. Well, mostly centers. Charlie Coyle moves up to play on David Krejci’s right; Nick Ritchie will stay on the left side. Sean Kuraly may center Anders Bjork and Chris Wagner, this time as the third line. Young guns Trent Frederic and Jack Studnicka will join center Par Lindholm on the fourth line.

Let’s see how this works.

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Hi Pals!
A lil late as i’ve been cleaning the foot of fresh powder in Monroe. A heartbreakingly beautiful drive through the Currier & Ives Berkshires this morning. It actually brought tears to my eyes and made me thank God for being alive. I’m blessed to be making my home someplace that moves me like this place does.
Hoping to be home for the game. Looking forward to seeing how this lineup works out. I am more excited about this team than is reasonable. COVID frustration? Maybe, but they are fun to watch… I hope it continues that way.

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The Pride had their 4th of 5 games last night.

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They crapped the bed late in the game, again. It’s so frustrating – this team went something like 24-1 last season and now are only scoring once per game. I think their final game in the bubble is Saturday. I don’t think they will qualify for the post-season round-robin, as they look like they will end the season in 5th place out of 6 teams.

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Is that one game against each team? Interesting format. High pressure!

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Yeah, they are playing a shortened season in a bubble at the 1980 Olympic hockey rink in Lake Placid, NY

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I haven’t been able to see more than highlights from thaeNWHL this season. Just too busy with my own stuff. Hoping to rectify that soon.

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Now that the AHL season is upon us, I see that Vladar has been sent down and Booth is up on the taxi squad. They’ve been practicing in Providence but will play in Marlborough. It’s a shame that fans aren’t likely to be allowed, with it being so close by for me & GH. It seems strange to have games at the New England Sports Center but practices in Providence. I guess they had an existing arrangement and only had to move the games because of a COVID facility operating out of the Dunk?

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Did I see Tampa Bay are going to be the first NFL team to play in the super bowl at their own arena? And they won’t be able to pack the place out. Damn shame. I’m ready for Covid to F-off now. Had quite enough.

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That’s a great facility just down the street from you two. There is always great hockey there, even better this year. Nothing like live sports, but i guess we’re lucky to have any sports right now.

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It’s an interesting place. There’s a whole lot of rinks. I like that the central corridors all have giant windows looking down onto the rinks, and having something akin to a food court is pleasant. But I gotta tell you – the fan seating at rinkside isn’t so great. Hard resin benches and the place smells like sweatsocks. (It makes me miss the old wooden plank benches, as those had slightly more give to them and would mold themselves to spectators’ butts over the years)

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Jo had a battery powered heated seating pad that she would bring to all the freezing cold rinks of NY, MA, and CT

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That’s the trick. I still remember the portable seat cushion my mom used to bring to hockey games. It had my brother’s high school logo on it. Someone at that school was aware of the toll they were taking on boosters’ tailbones!

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Hiya folks,

I thought Smith looked ok up with Bergy & Marchy the other day. I’ve become very bad at noticing who is playing with whom.

Looks like we’ve got the right Ritchie this time. Marchy’s certainly got his spark back. Let’s not do OT tonight!

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It was pretty hard to keep track of who was with who the other night. I’m pretty sure Jack called the wrong name a couple times. It’s even confusing for the players. Nobody likes having that extra forward or rotating shifts. It makes it difficult to stay with the flow of the game, IMO.

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Once DeBrusk got pulled, the lines were harder to suss out. I have to imagine that this makes for sloppier line changes.