Guess what, the Bruins are allowed to play another game! This time, they get to play in Buffalo, which is fun, I guess. When I saw this photo of Patrice Bergeron preparing to board the plane, I couldn’t help but say, in my head, “Oh no, that’s a male model,” a familiar refrain from one ETD51 before he was suspended from Twitter.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 23, 2021
Bruce Cassidy is trying to solve the puzzle of his defense by picking names at random from a hat and pairing guys up. No, that isn’t it but it sometimes seems like it. The pairings that he divined for tonight’s game are:
Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy
Derek Forbort – Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly – Jakub Zboril
“Grizz and Charlie have played well together. We know that,” Cassidy said following Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “The only guy Forby hasn’t really partnered with is Carlo so at some point I was probably going to look at it just to see. Grizz, I think, right now is off a little bit. I think having him play with Charlie will get him a little back on track.
“They tend to play well together. I think the Grizz-Carlo [pairing] has been just average. I think Brandon’s played some of his best hockey with [Zdeno Chara] in a shutdown role, just focusing on that.
“I know it’s been a few years, but he can do that well. Hopefully it will get him back to where he needs to be. I just think that pair right now hasn’t been as strong as it could be.”
He added that he’s continued to like the chemistry brewing between Reilly and Zboril and that they play well together even when he flips them around.
Linus Ullmark gets the start against his former team again.
Nick Foligno remains at 2RW and Craig Smith at 3RW. Trent Frederic is back at practice but Anton Blidh has had some real motor on the 4th line with Tomas Nosek and Curtis Lazar. So, not much changes with the forward group. Hopefully they can find some chemistry, better two-way play, and scoring.
We’ll be taking tomorrow off for Thanksgiving, returning on Friday. The game against the Rangers is a huge manatee game so maybe we can chat about it in the MFA. That game will be shown on ABC stateside.