Thomas gets the start against Sharks

Thomas gets the start against Sharks

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas gets another start against one of the teams that bypassed him and wasnt interested in him last spring when it appeared that the All-Star goalie was on the trade block.Thomas looks to improve on his 25-5-6 record with the league-leading 1.82 goals against average, and is 10-1-3 in his last 14 games played for the Bruins. The Bs will also make an adjustment with Zach Hamill inserted into the lineup and centering Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. Mark Stuart will be scratched for the sixth straight game with Adam McQuaid again in the lineup after rearranging the face of Brian Sutherby on Thursday night.Hamill will be making his season debut for the Bruins after playing in the final regular season game against the Washington Capitals last season.The forward lines:
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi
Wheeler-Hamill-Ryder
Thornton-Campbell-Seguin

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.