Morning Free Association: Banned

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On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from competing under the Russian Federation flag for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Why? Widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes.

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Game Thread: Bruins at Ducks

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Peter Cehlarik has been called up from Providence and is on the roster today. Bruins are coming off a terrible game against Toronto.
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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

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