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10/18/17 Morning Free Association: Still Waiting

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Another day without hockey. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.

Bruins did have a busy day on the ice. David Backes and Patrice Bergeron were both at practice and skating with their teammates. Perhaps we see a return of both sooner rather than later?

They also made a couple of roster moves, sending Czarnik and Heinin down to Providence.

There should be some information today on the injuries sustained by Spooner and McQuaid during the Vegas game. Neither were on the ice yesterday.

It was also Jake Debrusk’s birthday and he got a special surprise after a clinic for kids at the Warrior Ice Arena:

Hockey tomorrow!!

What’s on tap?

10/17/17 Morning Free Association

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*Checks calendar* No game till Thursday? BUT I WANT HOCKEY NOW!

In the meantime, some good news from the Baby Bruins. Kenny Agostino was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. He’s been off to a great start, notching points in all three games so far. Keep it up, kid!

Now back to waiting for more hockey:

What’s on tap?

10/16/17 Morning Free Association: A Tale of Two Teams

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This weekend the Bruins played back to back games. The first game against the Coyotes was all sorts of fun and awesome! Chara was in Papa Bear mode. Six different Bruins scored goals, included Bjork scoring his first NHL goal. It was great and everyone was happy.

Then the Bruins went to Vegas and completely forgot how to hockey.

They couldn’t shoot the puck, they couldn’t play in their own zone, and pretty much looked the very opposite of Saturday night. It was a sloppy effort all around.

Vegas took advantage of this and the reinforcements, Tuch and Shipachyov, scored their first NHL goals. Old friend Subban notched his first NHL win and Vegas fans went home happy.

McQuaid too a shot to leg from former Bruin Colin Miller and was down on the ice for about 30 seconds before being helped down the tunnel. CAssidy said he will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days. Spooner also left the game with a lower body injury.

Here’s hoping they leave the bad play behind in Vegas and better games are ahead. Please come back Bergy, we miss you.

What’s on tap?

Boston Bruins @ Vegas Golden Knights Game Thread

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Tonight the Boston Bruins play their second game of a back to back. This one takes them to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights for the first time. How excited am I for this game? Very excited.

The Bruins are coming off a 6-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes last night. Zdeno Chara had himself a good night. The Captain led the charge against Arizona, notching a goal and two assists for a three point night. We also saw the first NHL goal for Anders Bjork. Congrats, kid!

The Golden Knights are looking to rebound from their first ever loss at the hands of the Red Wings, losing 6-3 Friday night. However, Lady Luck as dealt them a bad hand this weekend with Fleury, Marchessault, and Haula all being placed on the injured reserved list.

Shipachyov, Tuch, and Lagace have all been brought up for the Chicago Wolves to join the Knights of the Round Circle and it seems old friend Malcolm Subban could see a bunch of playing time while Fleury out. At least the Bruins won’t have to worry about their pants straps.

Neither team had a morning skate so here are the projected lines per Tim Rosenthal:
Brad Marchand-Riley Nash-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Anders Bjork
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Austin Czarnik
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller-Charlie McAvoy

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

David Perron-Cody Eakin-James Neal
Reilly Smith-William Karlsson-Oscar Lindberg
Brendan Leipsic-Vadim Shipachyov-Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek-Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare-Will Carrier

Nate Schmidt-Luca Sbisa
Colin Miller-Jason Garrison
Deryk Engelland-Brayden McNabb

Malcolm Subban
Maxime Legace

What’s on tap?

Bruins @ Islanders: Deja Vu All Over Again

Star Trek: The Next Generation will always be one of my favorite TV shows.  Lately, the Bruins have been reminding me of the episode Cause and Effect.  In that episode, the Enterprise was caught in a time loop and keep repeating the same events that result in the Enterprise being destroyed.  The Bruins also seem to be caught in a time loop as, once again, the Bruins are headed to another lackluster finish and could miss the playoffs for their third straight season.

So tonight, Bruins, take Commander Riker’s advice and decompress the main shuttle bay.  Taking Data’s advice of using a tractor beam will only result in you being stuck in the time loop.

Khudobin will be making the start as Rask is day to day with a lower body injury.

Probable Lines:

Marchand – Bergeron – Backes

Stafford – Krejci- Pastrnak

Vatrano – Spooner – Acciari

Nash – Moore – Hayes

Chara – Carlo

Krug – McQuaid

The Millers