Morning Free Association 2/18/2016

Good morning, everyone!

Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension was upheld by Gary Bettman yesterday. The NHLPA plans to file an appeal. Central to the decision was a text message from Wideman to a teammate saying, “the only problem and the only reason I’m here is cause the stupid refs and stupid media.” The upheld suspension might make Wideman a cheaper option at the trade deadline for a team that feels confident about making the playoffs already.

The Bruins are in Nashville tonight to face the Toothcats, a possible trade partner at the deadline. Nashville’s still looking for offense, so it would be nice to score lots of goals on them to show them things they would like to trade for. But if we score lots of goals on them, maybe they will think they need to improve their defense, which is what we want to do, too. Hrm…

What’s on tap?

Bruins @ Blue Jackets 2/16/16 – Third Period

 

Period 1B was nothing special.

 

Back and forth action, mostly, and some penalties in each direction. McQuaid phantom tripped Saad, who didn’t actually fall down. Still tied at 1.

 

Tuukka Rask was shaken up at the end of the first after a Matt Beleskey hit gone all kinds of wrong, but he came back to make some big saves.

 

On tap: more wine.

Too bad I don’t have any from the great nation of Finland, home of our Lord and Savior, Tuukka Rask.

 

Bruins @ Blue Jackets 2/16/16: Period 1B – Electric Boogaloo

‘s back, back, back… Back again.

Guess who’s back, back, back, back again…

Bergy’s back… Tell a friend.

If you answered “Quiader”, you’re correct, he’s also back, and he’s scrappy. He missed being out among the people, punching them and crushing them to a nice, fine pulp.

Dumb Bruins D actually played defense and hooked and held the hell out of Alexander Wennberg, who was awarded a penalty shot, on which he capitalized. Regarding the defense: bitches be trippin’. OK, bitches actually be holdin’ and hookin’, but whatevs. Don’t kill my vibe, peeps.

Also, Bergy tied the game because he’s perfect and wonderful and everything that’s right about hockey. It’s a brand new game.

 

On to period 1B!

Bruins at Blue Jackets 2/16/16 Period 1A

The Bruins will be taking on the Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. In their last ten outings, the
B’s are 6-3-1. The Soldiers-turned-insects (seriously, what are they going for here?) are 6-2-2 in their last
ten games. Coincidentally, the last nine of those ten games have been started by rookie goaltender and
Finnish sensation Joonas Korpisalo. JK will be starting again tonight, against the Flying Finnish King, the
one and only Tuukka Rask.

A few bullet points for your consideration:

  • Saint Patrice Bergeron skated this morning but it still considered day-today and will be a game time decision.
  • Adam McQuaid has been activated from IR but could still be a game time decision.
  • With that, Colin Miller has been sent down to Providence. It’s better than benching him.
  • Blue Jackets’ Captain Brandon Dubinsky didn’t skate this morning because he wasn’t feeling too well, but reportedly will be in the lineup tonight.
  • CBJ reactivated Curtis McElhinney from IR and sent G Anton Forsberg back down to Lake Erie.
  • Bobrovsky (groin) is off the case but hasn’t been asked to turn in his badge and gun. He’s begun skating away from the Blue Jackets, but there’s currently no timetable on his return.
  • BC alum and CBJ RW Cam Atkinson met the dog he earned for a nice family with his hard work.
  • Scott Hartnell, Cam Atkinson, and Brandon Saad are in a three-way tie for the Blue Jackets’ scoring lead with 37 points. Saad has notched the most goals of the trio with 21.
  • In coaching news, John Tortorella is practicing again, after having broken a couple ribs in a nasty collision with Rene Bourque on January 22.
  • Torts is also now able to pronounce Joonas Korpisalo’s name. He was apparently quite productive after Bourque ran him over.
  • Lines, lines, everywhere are lines:

    BRUINS FORWARDS:

    Rinaldo skated this morning, but didn’t take part in line rushes, so I’d expect the fourth line above to be the one we see tonight.

    BRUINS DEFENSE:

    This is what they did in practice this morning, but Chiller has since been sent to the Land of the Baby Bears. So, I’d expect McQuaid to fill in for Chiller.

    BLUE JACKETS FORWARDS:

    Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
    Brandon Saad – Alexander Wennberg – Scott Hartnell
    Matt Calvert – William Karlsson – Nick Foligno
    Kerby Rychel – Greg Campbell – Rene Bourque

    BLUE JACKETS DEFENSE:

    Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
    Jack Johnson – David Savard
    Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout

    That’s the top pairing of the future, right there. Yeow.

    Most importantly, let’s get ready to party – what’s on tap?