Morning Skate 121: No reason to panic here


Morning Skate 121: No reason to panic here

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Yes, the Bruins looked flat and there are plenty of Bs skaters who arent even close to their best right now.But people need to take into account a couple of things in the wake of Thursday nights loss to the Buffalo Sabres: The Bruins were coming off their seventh game in an 11-day stretch and the Bs have gone 14-6-5 since the beginning of December in a very challenging stretch.
No need to jump off a bridge given how far the team has come in the last few weeks.You have to brush off the loss, but what you have to do is show it, said Claude Julien. If we show that we can bounce back and play well then it is just one bad game. As long as we dont carry it into the next game and bring our focus, we know that its going to be tough games. Were going into some buildings where teams are battling for a playoff spot, and theyre never easy games.If Julien isnt panicking at this point, then perhaps Bruins fans shouldnt be either.On to the links: Matt Hunwick a healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche it was only a matter of time. A great, great story on Steve Kampfer by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal that takes everyone behind the scenes of his acquisition. Could there be some shenanigans with the Evgeni Nabokov waiver claim by the Detroit Red Wings? Okay, Ill admit it: I just wanted to use the word shenanigans.
Dean Lombardi wont be getting a Christmas card from the NHL game operations people anytime soon, even though hes going to be making a sizable donation to their charity of choice. This may make Bruins fans happy at the discomfort of a former savior. A good satire of the NHLs Guardian project by the Pens Blog it would have been a lot cooler if this what the real thing looked like. A few facts and figures from the Puck Daddy. A good take from Andy Strickland on David Perron taking his time and not rushing back from a concussion suffered against the San Jose Sharks.

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.