Morning Skate 120: A few numbers for the Bruins

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Morning Skate 120: A few numbers for the Bruins

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Since its an otherwise slow day in the Bruins neighborhood, here are a few numbers to toss out at you before the links.

Zdeno Chara leads the Bruins and is tied with Sidney Crosby for seventh in the NHL with a plus-20 this season. If Tuukka Rask qualified, hed be tied for fifth in the NHL in save percentage with a .926 mark thats equal to All-Star goalie Ondrej Pavelec and Semyon Varlamov. The Bruins are 15-0-1 when leading after one period of hockey this season, and everybody remembers where that one point in an overtime loss happened. The Bruins are 5-9-4 with 14 points banked in games when trailing after two periods of play this season. They lead the NHL in both categories. Tim Thomas leads the league in goals against average, save percentage, shutouts and is only one victory away from leading the NHL in wins as well. He is looking more and more like the runaway winner in the Vezina Trophy race again this season.On to the links: USA Todays Kevin Allen proposes the shootout be bumped up to five shooters in order to improve the concept. I say that you should be able to repeat the same shooters as often as youd like to. The New Jersey Devils' rookies still havent had to pick up the tab yet at a dinner with the veterans a time-honored tradition in the NHL. Perhaps its because there hasnt been much to have celebratory dinners about in New Jersey. The inside scoopfrom INCHon Hockey Baker favorites this season. A related question: when did college hockey get so out of hand with the names of their players? Carter Camper? Broc Little? Are these guys superheroes or hockey players? There is nobody better at rambling about the NHL and hockey than Scotty Bowman, and the Vancouver Province was lucky enough to catch up with him. Is Linus Omark ready to step up for the Oilers in more ways than simple spin-o-rama moves in the shootout? Jean-Sebastien Giguere returns to his old Anaheim stomping grounds, and it allows the former Ducks goaltender to reflect on his time in Anaheim and his current stretch with a brutal Maple Leafs bunch.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.