Notes: Thomas gets the start in net for Bruins


Notes: Thomas gets the start in net for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty

RALEIGH Tim Thomas gets the start for the Bruins after earning a day off against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, and will be between the pipes for the Bs against the Caroline Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Thomas is 1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average and .945 save percentage in two games thus far this season, and the 37-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to his follow-up season on the heels of Vezina, Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe glory.

It will also be a homecoming for Joe Corvo, who led all Carolina defensemen with 40 points last season and said that theres a good history for him when playing one of his former teams.

I cant really explain it and I dont know why it is, but I seem to score when Im playing against my old teams, said Joe Corvo. Its not like I feel like I have anything to prove to them for trading me away because Im perfectly happy in Boston. But its just one of those things where I do well in those games.

Tyler Seguin took the warm-up with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, and it appears the 19-year-old will get No. 1 center duties with the big dog wingers to start the game. Jordan Caron will skate with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot and the rest of the lineup will remain the same for Boston with David Krejci out of commission.

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick


Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?