Bruins staying healthy, productive in European stints


Bruins staying healthy, productive in European stints

Since its nothing but silence until the NHL and NHLPA resume negotiations on Wednesday morning at the NHL offices in New York City, it seems like a good time for an update on the Bruins players in Europe.

Tyler Seguin continues to light things up for HC Biel, and has 16 goals and 28 points in 17 games played for the Swiss-A League, and has mashed nicely with the high speed, minimal contact European game. Hes also managed to work his way back to an even plusminus rating after a rough start in Switzerland. Patrice Bergeron has nine goals and 17 points in 10 games for HC Lugano, and gives the Bruins a pair of centers keeping their games sharp for a quick start to the NHL regular season. Chris Kelly has also signed with HC Red Ice in Switzerland, but Kelly doesnt look like hes appeared in a game for the Swiss team after a quick browse of their website.

Zdeno Chara has three goals and eight points along with a minus-1 rating in 13 games HC Lev Prague in the KHL, and has enjoyed plenty of practice chasing around speedy, undersized forwards in the skill league. Goaltender Anton Khudobin is 3-9-2 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .908 save percentage for Moscow Oblast Atlant while staying warm for his run as the Bruins backup goaltender.

Dennis Seidenberg has five assists and is sitting at a plus-8 in 12 games for the Mannheim Eagles in the German Elite League. Rich Peverley has three goals and 12 points in 15 games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla in the Finnish Elite League, and the sometimes feisty forward has also racked up 16 penalty minutes during his European adventure.

Tuukka Rask is 6-2 with a 1.58 goals against average and a .936 save percentage for Plzen HC in the Czech Extra League, and that has to be encouraging for a Bruins front office ready to hand him the goaltending duties.

Andrew Ference has a goal and four points along with a plus-2 in 10 games for Ceske Budejovice HC while playing with Vinny Prospal and Ales Kotalik. Bruins center Gregory Campbell could be joining Budejovice shortly as well as the two sides are reportedly working out the details of a contract for the fourth line mainstay. David Krejci is off to a great start with Pardubice HC and has nine goals and 16 points along with a plus-1 in 15 games during his first prolonged time skating in his home country since he was a teen-ager.

Johnny Boychuk was the 11th Bs skater to sign a European contract and left for Austria at the end of last week, but hasnt yet appeared in a game for Red Bull Salzburg while becoming Bostons first player to skate in the Austrian First Division. The most important piece of information concerning all of these players: other than a tweaked groin during one of Rasks first games and some minor bumps and bruises for Bergeron and Ference, the Black and Gold have remained remarkably healthy while playing games a long, long way from home.

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury


Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Michael Strahan saw the Patriots lose a Super Bowl first-hand, but he doesn’t think they’ll lose Super Bowl LI. That’s because he doesn’t think they’ll be participants. 

Appearing on The Tonight Show, the former Giants defensive end and current Person Who is Frequently on Television said that he expects the Steelers to upset the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

“I think in the AFC, I think Pittsburgh might pull the upset this year,” Strahan said. 

When Jimmy Fallon objected, Strahan said Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ pass rush would be enough to beat the Pats if New England plays the way it did in the divisional round. 
“If you watched the Houston Texans, they had a shot; they just turned the ball over,” he said. “And the Houston Texans offense is in no way, shape or form near what Pittsburgh has. They don’t have the quarterback that [Pittsburgh has]. Defensively, Houston had the really good defense, but Pittsburgh [puts] the good pressure on the quarterback. And from my Super Bowl experience, Tom Brady does not like pressure. I’m just saying I feel like if there’s anybody who’s going to pull an upset, it will be them.” 

As for any rooting interest, Strahan said that he hopes the Falcons win the Super Bowl, citing Matt Ryan being overdue for a title and Julio Jones having a Brady-like quality of putting team goals before his own legacy.