Morning Free Association: Shutout

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Last night in Nashville, the Boston Bruins managed to put together a solid, full-60 effort in a 2-0 shutout over the Predators. The game was the second game without Brad Marchand (suspension) and head coach Bruce Cassidy (Covid protocol).

Jeremy Swayman saw a career high 42 shots against him in his 3rd career shutout and 1st of the season. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Jakub Zboril Gets His Shot

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Back in 2015, the Boston Bruins had 3 draft picks in a row — 13th, 14th and 15th overall — in the middle of the first round thanks in part to a pre-draft trade of RFA Dougie Hamilton to Calgary. Each of those 3 picks were controversial in their own way, mostly due to the fact that each player was drafted higher than where experts had predicted. In his first draft after the dismissal of Peter Chiarelli, Don Sweeney chose a Czech defenseman, Jakub Zboril, with the first of those picks. The middle pick, Jake DeBrusk, made the roster during training camp in 2017 after spending his 2015-16 season in the WHL and a season in Providence in 2016-17. The last of the 3, Zach Senyshyn, has yet to establish himself even as a part-time NHLer. At this point, the 2015 draft has had the ire of many Bruins fans, especially since the 16th pick for the Islanders was Mathew Barzal. One of the players that also caught the wrath of fans is Jakub Zboril. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Seattle Expansion: the Time is Nigh

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Tonight is the Seattle Expansion Draft in which Seattle will get to take a player from each of the 30 other teams participating (Vegas is exempt). By now, we know who the Bruins have protected but how about other teams? There are some surprising big names or at least very well known names that have been left unprotected by their current teams. Let’s explore some of them. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Good News, Bad News

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Game 3 is upon us! Well, it is tonight. The Islanders welcome the Bruins to a place where the pre-Taylor Hall Bruins suffered 4 losses at the hands of the home team. Of course, after the trade deadline, the B’s looked like a different team. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: A Few Days of Rest

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With the Boston Bruins eliminating the Washington Capitals in 5 games, the B’s have a cleared schedule for now. They await the winner of the best of 7 series between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will require at least 1 more game to wrap up and possibly 2. Seeing that the NHL likes to play by the seat of their pants with regards to scheduling, the Bruins could be playing in a matter of days or even a week from now. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Ailing Blue Line

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Question: How many more injuries on the defense can the Bruins sustain? Answer: None, none more injuries. The good news is that the Bruins will start getting guys back soon. The bad news is that one of the injured will be out for a few weeks. Continue reading