By Joe Haggerty
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.
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The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month.
The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni.
The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.
The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.
Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.
*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.
*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.
*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.
*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.
*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.
*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.
*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.