Morning Skate: Wednesday, October 5

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, October 5

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

Here are some always interesting odds from the fun-loving gambling folks at bodog.com about the NHL Awards with some interesting trends when it comes to Bruins players.

First of all Alex Ovechkin is the 4-to-1 favorite to win the Hart Trophy, and there isnt a single Bruins player listed among the favorites to nab the NHLs version of the MVP trophy. Any goaltender is listed at 112 odds and any defensemen sits at 30-to-1 odds to win the trophy.

Most interesting of all: Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is a 5-to-1 favorite to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time in three years, and oust Tim Thomas as the best goaltender in the land. It appears that Vegas is just as in love with the Sabres as the rest of the NHL as the trendy pick to emerge out of the Eastern Conference this season with new ownership and suddenly deep pockets. Thomas, by the way, is 7-to-1 odds to repeat as the Vezina Trophy champ for two years in a row.

Zdeno Chara is also the runner up favorite to win the Norris Trophy at 9-to-2 odds with Nashville Predators defensemen Shea Weber listed as the favorite to win best defensemen at 4-to-1 odds. Interestingly Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban is listed among the favorites at 20-to-1 odds.

David Krejci was the only Bruins player to be mentioned among the favorites for the Art Ross Trophy, and is 55-to-1 odds to lead the entire NHL in points this season.

Here is the full list courtesy of bodog.com with the morning links listed afterward:

Who will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHLs Most Valuable Player?
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 41
Steven Stamkos (TB) 112
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 132
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 121
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 141
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 141
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 181
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 181
Corey Perry (ANA) 251
Martin St. Louis (TB) 251
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 301
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 301
Brad Richards (NYR) 301
Joe Thornton (SJ) 401
Any Other Forward 115
Any Goaltender 112
Any Defenseman 301

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHLs top Goaltender?
Ryan Miller (BUF) 51
Tim Thomas (BOS) 71
Roberto Luongo (VAN) 152
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 81
Carey Price (MTL) 91
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 101
Pekka Rinne (NAS) 101
Martin Brodeur (NJ) 101
Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) 121
Miikka Kiprusoff (CAL) 141
Jaroslav Halak (STL) 161
Cam Ward (CAR) 161
Antti Niemi (SJ) 161
Tomas Vokoun (WAS) 181
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 201
Jonas Hiller (ANA) 251
Jimmy Howard (DET) 331
Corey Crawford (CHI) 401
James Reimer (TOR) 401
Semyon Varlamov (COL) 401
Craig Anderson (OTT) 501
Field (Any Other Player) 301

Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHLs best defenseman?
Shea Weber (NAS) 41
Zdeno Chara (BOS) 92
Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) 132
Mike Green (WAS) 71
Drew Doughty (LAK) 101
Duncan Keith (CHI) 101
Kris Letang (PIT) 121
Keith Yandle (PHO) 121
Christian Ehrhoff (BUF) 151
Dan Boyle (SJ) 151
P.K. Subban (MTL) 201
Lubomir Visnovsky (ANA) 201
Dustin Byfuglien (WIN) 221
Dion Phaneuf (TOR) 251
Andrei Markov (MTL) 251
Chris Pronger (PHI) 301
Mark Streit (NYI) 351
Tobias Enstrom (WIN) 351
Field (Any Other Player) 91

Who will win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHLs Rookie of the Year?
Brayden Schenn (PHI) 31
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 72
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 112
Nino Niederreiter (NYI) 71
Adam Larsson (NJ) 81
Tim Erixon (NYR) 101
Erik Gudbranson (FLA) 101
Jared Cowen (OTT) 101
Ryan Johansen (CBJ) 151
Alexei Yemelin (MTL) 151
Field (Any Other Player) 31

Who will win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHLs points leader?
Alexander Ovechkin WAS) 72
Steven Stamkos (TB) 72
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 112
Martin St. Louis (TB) 172
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 141
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 161
Corey Perry (ANA) 181
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 181
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 181
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 251
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 301
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 301
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 301
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 301
Joe Thornton (SJ) 351
John Tavares (NYI) 401
Patrick Kane (CHI) 401
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 401
Bobby Ryan (ANA) 401
Zach Parise (NJ) 401
Matt Duchene (COL) 451
Brad Richards (NYR) 451
Eric Staal (CAR) 451
Rick Nash (CBJ) 451
David Krejci (BOS) 551
Derek Roy (BUF) 551
Jeff Carter (CBJ) 851
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 851
Dany Heatley (MIN) 1001
Jaromir Jagr (PHI) 1001
Field (Any Other Player) 251

Who will win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Trophy as the NHLs Top Goal Scorer leader?
Steven Stamkos (TB) 72
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 41
Corey Perry (ANA) 92
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 61
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 132
Jeff Carter (CBJ) 101
Rick Nash (CBJ) 151
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 151
Zach Parise (NJ) 181
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 201
Bobby Ryan (ANA) 251
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 251
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 251
Patrick Marleau (SJ) 301
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 301
John Tavares (NYI) 351
Jeff Skinner (CAR) 351
Field (Any Other Player) 121

National Post columnist Bruce Arthur examines the tough summer endured by the NHL, and it includes a photo of Zdeno Chara fighting back his emotions at the funeral for his friend Pavol Demitra. It was such a tragic off-season for so many.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys take a look at a Seattle lawmaker thats looking to lure an NHL team to their city with a new arena. Seattle is obviously in close proximity to Vancouver, and one has to wonder if the area could support two NHL teams with the Supersonics long gone.

An interesting read at Justin Bournes new series of blogs at the Score radio station in Toronto.

The heat is getting turned up on the Maple Leafs brass this season, and its no surprise given the time theyve had to build up a franchise.

NBC and Versus guy Jeremy Roenick talks NHL preview among other things with Yahoo Sports Radio.

Brad Richards is bringing a new kind of flavor to the New York Rangers, and the New York Post has the story.

Evgeni Malkin continues to show signs that this could be a breakout year for him in Pittsburgh.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com notes the pressure on Ilya Bryzgalov to start the season strongly with the Philadelphia Flyers after last years goaltending breakdown.

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

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

BOSTON – The Bruins have won seven of eight games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy and are fortifying their position as the third playoff team in the Atlantic Division with each passing victory.

The 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden on Tuesday night probably shouldn’t be all impressive based on the Yotes standing as the second-worst team in the NHL, but it was a classic trap game coming off a long West Coast road trip. Instead of falling for the trap the Bruins exploded for three goals in the second period, energized by a shorthanded Riley Nash strike, and continue to extend the winning stretch they need in order to punch their playoff ticket.

The postseason clincher is still a long way away from reality, but Cassidy said the B’s are starting to achieve the elevated level of play they’re aiming for while finally getting the full potential out of their team.

“I just want the guys to make sure that they play confident, solid hockey and believe in themselves. And play to a [higher] standard,” said Cassidy. “We’re trying to set a standard where we’re one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. They’ve been there before, the leadership group here. That’s where we’re striving to get through in the end.”

They haven’t exactly shied away from the competition either, twice beating the first-place San Jose Sharks and shutting out the first place Montreal Canadiens in the final straw that saw Michel Therrien axed in favor of Claude Julien.

The B’s have now opened up a three-point cushion over the Maple Leafs for their playoff spot and they’ve averaged 4.13 goals per game (33 goals in eight games) while allowing just 2.13 goals per game (17 goals in eight games) in the eight games going from Julien to Cassidy. 

The challenge now is to maintain that level of play over the final 19 games of the regular season to drive home their playoff bid and finish strong at a point where in each of the past two seasons they’ve utterly imploded.


 

Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Here are all the links from around the hockey world as NHL trade deadline day is upon us with no promise of fireworks in Boston.

*As referenced above, there’s a good chance the Bruins won’t be doing much today and they’re perfectly okay with that.

*Craig Custance grades every move made ahead of the trade deadline with plenty of action out of the way early.

*The Vancouver Canucks will not be trading Ryan Miller, which is smart given the normal market for No. 1 goaltenders.

*The New York Rangers lost out on the Kevin Shattenkirk rental sweepstakes at the deadline, so they’ve opted for Brendan Smith instead.

*The Florida Panthers may make a move at the deadline (which they did in acquiring Thomas Vanek) but they will not make or break their team with deadline deals.

*Doug Armstrong says that Shattenkirk was frustrated by his role with the St. Louis Blues, and that played into his trade to the Capitals.

*For something completely different: It’s a national holiday in Canada as Jay and Dan will be returning to their natural habitat.