McQuaid scratched vs. Devils after rough travel day

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McQuaid scratched vs. Devils after rough travel day

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid could have jumped back into the lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, but the Bruins thought better of it given the circumstances. The 6-foot-5 defenseman missed Mondays game in Carolina while traveling to Prince Edward Island for his grandmothers funeral services, and then was grounded in Canada due to inclement weather as he tried to make it back to Boston.

The rangy blueliner actually slept at the airport on Monday night, and didnt get on a flight back to Boston until first thing on Tuesday morning. He arrived in time for a morning skate on the TD Garden ice Tuesday, but Julien thought that giving McQuaid one more day was the right thing under the circumstances.

We decided to give him another day. He got in Tuesday morning but you know slept at the airport last night. There were some cancellations and there wasnt much time between when he found out and when he had to leave so he basically slept in an airport, said Julien. And not having skated for a few days I thought it was more prudent, I guess, to let him skate a little bit and get a practice under his belt before we reinsert him.

So Aaron Johnson played 16:13 of ice time in his fourth appearance in the first six games, blocked a shot, threw out a couple of hits and put two shots on net in a decidedly solid performance. Its expected that McQuaid will jump back into the lineup when the Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at TD Garden.

McQuaid has zero points and one shot on goal to go with 11 PIMs while averaging 14:13 of ice time in four games thus far this season.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.