BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie score after the first 40 minutes of black-and-blue play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)Thats nine goals in his last 17 games for Nathan Horton, who is up to 23 goals on the season after his power play strike in the second period off a rebound in front of the net. Horton looks like he might get up to 25 goals for the season which isnt exactly what many expected of the right wing but still a respectable number in his first season of adjustments with the Boston Bruins. Love the way Horton is taking advantage of his size and strength around the net thats what the Bruins will need come playoff time.2)Much better second period from the Bruins, who started to impose themselves physically on the Flyers and take advantage of Philly when they started to go over the edge with the rough stuff. Hortons power play goal came immediate after a reckless leg-on-leg hit by Blair Betts on Chris Kelly, who appeared to be okay after getting flipped over onto the ice from the force of the hit.3)Some very good goaltending from Tim Thomas tonight as the Flyers have enjoyed some very good chances in tight against the Bs goaltender. Thomas made a great save to kick out an Andreas Nodl shot at the net as Jeff Carter was bearing down on him once the score was tied up, and appears to be locked in at this point in the game after juggling a few pucks earlier in the game.4)Once again no shots on net for Milan Lucic in 10:29 of ice time through two period. Its been at least five periods since Lucic has even put a shot on net, and thats taking a pretty big piece out of the Bruins offense when hes not firing away.5)Power play goals in three of their last four games, and it appears the Bs PP is back on track. Theyre still not consistently getting ideal puck movement each and every PP possession, but the production is needed for a team that will live and die by special teams in the playoffs.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: