The Boston Bruins are safely ensconced in a hotel somewhere in Philadelphia as they prepare for their game tonight against the Flyers. Tonight’s game will start an hour later than usual due to it being on NBCSN and not on NESN. I’m glad to get a break from Jack and hope to see fellow Rhode Islander Brian Boucher between the glass.
Later this month — for it is indeed February and not a further extension of March 2020 — the Bruins will be taking on this same Flyers team on a sheet of ice between the 17th and 18th holes of a golf course at Lake Tahoe.
🎥 @Bmarch63 and @CMcAvoy44 took part in a virtual press conference this afternoon to look ahead to the upcoming NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe game against the Flyers: "Really excited for it…it will be pretty special. Should be a lot of fun." pic.twitter.com/6B1RPgKbfd
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 3, 2021
In the meantime, there has been a schedule update for games that would occur on Friday and Saturday: They’ve been postponed due to a Covid outbreak among the Buffalo Sabres club. As of this writing, Taylor Hall and Rasmus Ristolainen are in Covid protocol.
Our games against Buffalo that were scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 and Monday, Feb. 8 have been postponed. https://t.co/dyn7Pi2K9B
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 2, 2021
Those games would have been played at the TD Garden but now will be days of rest for this ailing Bruins team. Plenty of Bruins players are nursing injuries, some known, some not. Jack Studnicka (undisclosed, day-to-day), Ondrej Kase (upper body, no timeframe), and Jake DeBrusk (lower body, day-to-day) are all on IR. While injured with a third distinct lower body injury, Matt Grzelcyk is not on IR but still as no known date to return. Perhaps the biggest mystery is 7th/8th D John Moore, who is listed as injured with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day.
The Bruins practiced yesterday with some players taking regular maintenance days: Brad Marchand, Kevan Miller, Charlie McAvoy, and David Krejci. They should all be in tonight.