Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 17


Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 17

The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing history now as theyre off to a blazing start this season. Could a Stanley Cup be in the future?

A reporter in Binghamton apparently made up quotes attributed to both a coach and a goaltender. Wow, thats not good at all.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have another gruesome injury for Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who was slashed in the ribs with a skate blade.

Jason York has a guest column for the Ottawa Sun and writes that the Senators have a long, uphill battle to make the playoffs after losing key players in Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson.

Massachusetts guy Brian Boyle talks about a former Boston College classmate and athlete that is now suffering in a battle with ALS.

Per the Puck Daddy, seven up and seven down for the San Jose Sharks as theyre looking to find some balance after dropping off from a fast start.

The New York Islanders are holding preliminary contract extension talks with puck-moving defenseman Mark Streit, who could be a valuable commodity on the open market if they cant come to an agreement.

For something completely different: The top 25 breakfast cereals from the 1980s that will never be seen again. I remember most of them, but the Dunkin Donuts and Nintendo cereal were ones I never came across.

Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa


Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa

BOSTON -- The Bruins won’t have David Krejci (lower body) in the lineup for Game 6 as they look to stay alive in their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.

Krejci was knocked out of Friday night’s Game 5 double-overtime win after a knee-on-knee hit from Chris Wideman in the first period that set off the Bruins when the Ottawa D-man reportedly chirped the injured Bruins center.

With Krejci out, one might have expected Ryan Spooner to replace him given Spooner’s power-play capabilities and his offensive upside in a top-6 role. But Bruce Cassidy will go with Matt Beleskey while moving around some of the pieces in his lineup. Beleskey hasn’t played since taking a couple of penalties in the Game 2 loss to the Sens in Ottawa, but the hope is that his heavy forechecking ability can have the same kind of impact Sean Kuraly had Friday night.

“Beleskey will go in and we’ll move some things around,” said Cassidy. “It’s become much more of a down-low grind game offensively for us, and that’s his strength. He can get on people, get on pucks, win battles and get to the net. So he should be afforded an opportunity to play to his strength. This is going to be less of a line-rush game, so now the people that are going in are more suited to that: [Noel] Acciari, Kuraly and Beleskey.”

It could also benefit the Bruins from a veteran experience perspective as well as Beleskey has a well-established big game reputation during his playoff stints with Anaheim. He popped in eight goals during a 16-game postseason stint with the Ducks just prior to signing a big free-agent deal with the Bruins two seasons ago.

WATCH: Bruins vs. Senators, Game 6


WATCH: Bruins vs. Senators, Game 6

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