Morning Free Association: Tooling the Power Play

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Monday brought a much needed practice opportunity for the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh. With scheduled and rescheduled games nearly every other day, players have required more rest between games, pushing full practices to the side. Bruce Cassidy saw a chance to work on the power play during the morning skate, a power play that has only hit 3 times on it’s last 31. That’s not great.

Mostly it seems that he wanted to get Taylor Hall acclimated to being on PP2 doing the kind of work he does best from the half boards.

“That’ll be certainly one of the highest priorities,” Cassidy said of working on the power play during Monday’s practice. “The problem when you don’t practice — so obviously Taylor Hall is a good power-play guy. So where does he best fit? Without any practice, there’s some difficulty there. So we’ve kind of tried to stay true to that number one unit. We put Taylor on it one of the games just for a different look. But until he practices, even with Krech’s group, in either elbow …. He has some one timers with Charlie up top, Smitty and Krech through the seam. A lot of his good power-play work was done on his strong side elbow, kind of coming downhill like Matthews does in Toronto on his strong side with that wrister, so we first started him there. Krech had been on the other side. So it was easiest sort of placement, but we really haven’t had a lot of opportunity to get him reps and then the other group — sort of revisit some of the issues they’ve had and just get back to basics.

“I was on the half wall on my strong side and I think it was good,” Hall said of his spot during Monday’s practice. “When you run into a bit of a wall on the power play, it’s important to get different looks to simplify things a bit. I think when Krech and I are on our one-timer sides, I think it just really makes it easier to shoot and create chances from the middle of the ice. On the other side, you have a tendency to overpass and really stay on the outside and you have zone time, but maybe not the chances that you want — the high-danger chances. So yeah, it was good today. I mean, it’s hard. This year has been so weird, not having practice time, not having even really proper days off or anything like that. So to get a practice in today is huge and hopefully that benefits us.”

In other news, Cassidy tried some other looks for the third and fourth lines to get them jumping. It’s been no secret that Charlie Coyle has been having a bad year. Now saddled with a still slumping Jake DeBrusk on his left and the still unknown quantity of Nick Ritchie on his right, he’s having an even harder go of it. So, he’s been moved over to right wing on the third line with Sean Kuraly centering him. Maybe taking some responsibility off his shoulders will help him to shoot rather than pass.

The fourth line will also see Trent Frederic back on the LW. Chris Wagner platooned with Karson Kuhlman at RW. No matter what the lines look like, the team definitely needs some jump tonight because they cannot afford to lose.


For some reason, the NHL added another huge manatee game to the Bruins schedule. Well, it’s a game that was already scheduled, they just moved up the time. Take note.

I guess we’ll be able to Zoom that night without a game after all.

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Morning all. Shot 1 day for me and IW!

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I am wearing my conveniently short-sleeved shirt!

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Jo gets shot 2 tomorrow!!!

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Oh, I was planning on wearing a SCUBA suit but I suppose convenience is a better idea.

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Just tried to book mine but nothing available anywhere near me! Have to be patient…

Also my postal voting pack for London Mayor just arrived. Count Binface might get my vote

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Heck, I’d move to England just so I could vote for him!

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SCUBA suit made me anonymous!

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Clever disguise!

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Morning folks,

Now saddled with a still slumping Jake DeBrusk on his left and the still unknown quantity of Nick Ritchie on his right, he’s having an even harder go of it.

I was wondering the other day whether it’s cruel to call them the Underachievers Line.

Yep, the boys need a win. Strange to think only two games ago we were thinking about winning the division! Just shows how closely matches the teams are.

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It’s been a stressful few days here trying to get a vet to look at Ziggy the budgie, who has been suffering leg problems. I hadn’t realised normal pet vets don’t deal with birds.

I managed to find a mobile vet to examine him yesterday and it seems he has a fracture in his leg! Poor thing. There’s nothing they can do with bone breaks for such small animals except give painkillers and calcium and hope it heals without complications. I managed to give him the medicine this morning, eventually, but I don’t think chasing him around the cage did his leg any good. Hopefully got my technique down now.

Our dog walk on Sunday was a great success, though. We went out with a very well-trained seven-month old Golden Retriever, and Leah is now in love with him. Hopefully we will make it a semi-regular thing.

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Aww, I hope Ziggy gets through it!!!

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Best of luck and health to Ziggy!

Glad to hear the dog walk went well!

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Ahh… I was wondering what a vet can do for such a small bird.
I guess the answer is much the same as what any of us could do.
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Have a good recovery, Ziggy

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I like “The Potential Line”. They could be good at any time…..

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Maybe they find their spark in the playoffs!

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As LB pointed out yesterday, Andrew Shaw has retired at the tender age of 29. His style of play is vital to a team, but devastating to a body and mind.

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Good Morning!!
A crisp 34° f here in Monroe.
The power play and the 6 on 5 seemed a bit static lately. When people are moving, things start happening! Expect some jump from the B’s tonight! I’d like to see more physicality. Not necessarily punchy face, but hits taken and given when appropriate.
There are a couple annoying details holding up progress on the house. Goal this week is to clear up the little things. Sheetrock is mostly up. Tape and mud are happening. Maybe get a little sticking er, I mean fishing in this morn. I saw a pretty big stick yesterday, but I couldn’t hook it.

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We’ve had a few morning frosts here recently. And Sonia has already planted her plants so she’s not impressed! We’ve got a heatwave on the way though, if the forecasters are to be believed

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One of the old timers here told me he doesn’t plant his garden until May 31st! I put some hardy things out early and was hoping to do a cold frame this year, but need to stay (somewhat) on task. Jo plans to do some gardening next weekend.

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We’re planning a grow room where we can grow expensive vegetables in winter. Tomatoes can be $7 a pound here in winter!

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Have wanted to do that for years. But the only room with enough natural sunlight is the one where we spend all of our time, so not enough room.

Maybe I should have been thinking about grow-lamps & hydroponic gear. If college kids can grow pot in the closet of their dorm room, I can probably start some veggies in March with the same set up.

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Around here, we really need to be patient – it always looks warm enough from the last week of March, but is never safe to plant before Mothers’ Day (first Sunday in May).
I’ll probably clean up the remaining leaves and till the soil in the vegetable garden plot this weekend in preparation for planting in a couple of weeks.

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That’s where we’re going wrong – it was Mothers Day last month here! haha