Boston Bruins Announce New Partnership

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins announced this morning that they will be partnering with the Boston Pride in an effort to get the word out about the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The partnership also entails financial support for the team. The new Bruins Academy Girls Learn to Play program will also be benefiting from the new collaboration.  The program, led by the players of the Boston Pride,  offers girls age four to ten the chance to learn the game of hockey . Registration for the program begins Monday, January 21st.

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The Bruins are the fourth NHL team to associate with a NWHL team, joining the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and the New Jersey Devils. The women’s team for Buffalo is the Buffalo Beauts and the Wild have the Minnesota Whitecaps. New Jersey has a partnership with their counterpart, the Metropolitan Riveters.

Much like the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program, the new girls program will use its $100 registration fee towards a full-set of CCM equipment with professional fitting, and four weeks of ice instruction taught by certified coaches.  The new initiative will start this  March, running for five weeks at five different rinks: the Philips Academy Rink in Andover, Warriors Ice Area in Brighton, the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Murphy Memorial Skating Rink in South Boston and Veteran Memorial Skating Rink in Waltham.

In celebration of the partnership, the entire Boston Pride team will be in attendance tonight at the TD Garden for tonight’s Bruins game as they face the Washington Capitals. If you happen to be at the game tonight, players from the Pride team will be highlighted throughout the night. For those interested in the program, there will be a Pride table where you’ll be able get information on the Girls Learn to Play Program as well as getting to know more about the women’s team.

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The boys in Black and Gold will be returning the favor as they lend their support to the Pride team when they attend a home game versus the Minnesota Whitecaps on January 12th at 7:30pm at Warrior Ice Arena. NWHL deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore had this to say about the recent venture:

“The Boston Pride are incredibly proud to join the rich history and competitive hockey family of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins commitment to advancing hockey across all levels aligns with what the NWHL stands for. We appreciate this partnership and their support in marketing and player development for the Pride and we look forward to collaborating with the Bruins on a series of meaningful youth hockey initiative.”

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On February 8th, the Bruins will host the third annual Girls Hockey Day at the TD garden. The special event will include all-day clinics and scrimmages for girls and women of all ages. Players from the Boston Pride will also be participating in the event.

In other NWHL news, the 2019 All-Star game will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Predators broadcaster and former Bruins player Hall Gill and Chris Mason will be honorary coaches for the event that’s being held at the Bridgestone Arena on February 10th.  The captains of the teams will be three-time Olympian and current Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabadas and gold-medalist Lee Stecklein, who plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps.

 

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Bruins Prospect Studnicka Traded to Niagara Ice Dogs

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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Check Me Out On Twitter @phoneymahoney

The Ontario Hockey League trade that has been rumored for the past week or so has finally happened: Boston Bruins center prospect Jack Studnicka has been acquired from the Oshawa Generals by the Niagara IceDogs. Canucks prospect Matt Brassard is heading to Niagara with Studnicka, in exchange for defenseman Lleyton Moore and six draft picks, spanning from 2020 through 2024. This is an OHL trade only, and the Bruins still own the NHL rights to Studnicka.

Studnicka, one of the Bruins organization’s top prospects, was selected by the Boston Bruins 53rd overall in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He impressed during the Bruins’ training camp and preseason this year, but ultimately was returned to his OHL team at the time, the Oshawa Generals. Studnicka recently returned to Oshawa from a disappointing sixth place finish with Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver. Studnicka scored one goal and assisted on three, totaling four points in five games.

In 222 games over three and a half seasons in Oshawa, Studnicka tallied 184 points – 56 goals and 128 assists – while captaining the Generals squad since 2017-18. This season, Studnicka had scored 34 points in 30 games before being traded to the IceDogs, where he will undoubtedly continue the tear he’s been on lately.

In a press release, Generals Vice President and General Manager Roger Hunt said, “Jack came in following our Memorial Cup year and right away proved he was a leader and the exact guy we needed to build our team around. While playing with the Gens he has represented Canada at the Under-17, Under-18 and World Junior level. It was a no brainer for him to become our captain two years ago and he will always be remembered as one of the great captains of the Oshawa Generals.”

In a press release out of Niagara, IceDogs General Manager Joey Burke said, “This is a huge day in Niagara. In Jack and Matt we are adding the exact two players we targeted as a perfect fit for our roster. The skill set they will add to an already deep group could not be more exciting, and I can’t wait to watch how well they fit with our guys… To be able to add something of this caliber, something had to go out, and it was a very difficult decision to move Lleyton Moore. As we know, he will go on to become a star in this league. Lleyton is a great young man and athlete, and we wish him nothing but success.”

The IceDogs are currently holding onto second place in the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference, and are four points above Studnicka’s former Oshawa Club, which is currently in third place. Oshawa got a solid return for Studnicka and Brassard in 16 year old defenseman Lleyton Moore, but Niagara made a fantastic addition to their roster as well, as Studnicka has proven to be one of the OHL’s best players over the last couple of seasons.

 

Bruins Prospect Ryan Fitzgerald Named To AHL All-Star Classic

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

The Providence Bruins announced today, January 3rd, 2018, that forward Ryan Fitzgerald has been named to the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic on January 27-28, 2019 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ryan Fitzgerald is in the middle of arguably his best season while in the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old North Reading, Massachusetts native has 7-19-26 totals in thirty-four games this season, leading all Providence Bruins players in assists and points. His seven goals on the year rank him fourth on the team for goals as well.

Before Fitzgerald joined Providence in the 2016-17 season, he played in four consecutive seasons in the NCAA with Boston College. In his 152 career NCAA contests, Ryan tallied 66 goals, 66 assists for 132 points. Fitzgerald’s best season came back in 2015-2016 where he scored forty-seven points (24 goals, 23 assists) in only 40 games played.

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Fitzgerald was drafted by the Bruins in the 4th Round (120th Overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and was signed to a two-year entry-level contract in the Spring of 2017. The Bruins management liked his play with Boston College, deciding to sign him to that deal that allowed him to play in the AHL, where he has been for the past two seasons.

As fellow Black N’ Gold writer, Tim Richardson said in his Prospect Profile on Fitzgerald, the 5-foot-9 forward was expected to go in the second-round in 2013. Heading into his draft, Fitzgerald was that two-way player that almost every team would like to have in their centre core. He possessed good hockey IQ and defensive awareness on the ice but could also pitch in offensive such as he has done with Providence this season.

Entering his first All-Star game, Fitzgerald has an entire family of hockey players. Father Tom Fitzgerald played in 1097 career National Hockey League games, seventy-one of which with the Boston Bruins back in 2005-06. NHL forwards Jimmy and Kevin Kayes as well as Matthew and ex-NHLer Keith Tkachuk are Fitzgerald’s cousins according to Elite Prospects.

Many people in the Boston Bruins fanbase have urged management to try Fitzgerald in the NHL if (when) another injury hits the Bruins forward core. Fitzgerald seems to be more responsible defensively compared to some of the Bruins already on the roster and yet, he can still score goals and make plays as mentioned already.

Do you think that Ryan Fitzgerald should get a shot with the NHL Bruins at some point this season if an injury comes up again?

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World Juniors 2019: Bruins Prospects Heading Into Quarter-Finals

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

The 2019 World Junior Championships have truly been entertaining so far this year. From dominating performances such as the 14-0 by Canada over Denmark and Slovakia’s 11-2 win over Kazakhstan. Valiant comeback efforts such as the United States scoring four unanswered goals in the final ten minutes to force overtime versus Sweden. And of course, the feel-good stories like the support of the underdogs – Team Kazakhstan as every shot, save, and goal were met with loud, roaring cheers.

The Boston Bruins, like many NHL teams, are well represented in the tournament. Jakub Lauko and Daniel Bukac on the Czech Republic, Jack Studnicka on Canada, Kyle Keyser on the States, Pavel Shen on Team Russia, and the addition of Urho Vaakanainen just before the tournament to Team Finland. Not only are these players playing in the tournament, but they are playing a crucial role for their respective countries.

G Kyle Keyser – United States

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As one of the favourites to win the gold medal when the under-20 tournament concludes, the United States used the four preliminary games to judge who gets the starting role in between the pipes because once the team makes it into the Quarter-Finals, it is not too common to switch goaltenders as you would see in the National Hockey League regular season.

Keyser’s teammate, Cayden Primeau, is the other goaltender that is looking to grab that starting role. The Montreal Canadiens’ 2017 seventh-round selection played two games and so did Bruins’ goalie prospect Keyser. Keyser played two games – the 5-4 OT loss to the Swedes and the 2-1 win over Slovakia on Boxing Day.

Keyser’s 1-1-0 record alongside his 0.87 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against-average is ranked as the second-worst for goaltenders heading into the Quarter-Finals. Only Switzerland goalie, Akira Schmid has worse statistics so far in the World Juniors. It is fair to note that the five goals he allowed versus Sweden drastically impacted those numbers.

Against the Swedes, Keyser made many solid saves off of poor plays by his defensemen. The Swedish players had numerous 2-on-1s that were stopped by Keyser and his saves arguably gave the team the drive to come back and tie the game.

With that said, Team USA announced that Cayden Primeau, the other American goaltender, will get the start in the crease for the United States in their Quarter-Final game against the Czech Republic. Yesterday, Head Coach Mike Hastings said it was a coin toss as to who will get the starting role as both goalies earned it, but clearly, he decided to go with the Canadiens prospect due to his strong 4-to-1 win over Finland.

F Jakub Lauko – Czech Republic

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Drafted 77th overall (3rd Round) by the Boston Bruins in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, forward Jakub Lauko has had a successful season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), scoring 12-14-26 totals in 26 games this season before being called to the World Juniors.

While at the U20 World Junior Championships, Lauko has one goal and one assist in four preliminary games. The 18-year-old forward scored his lone goal of the tournament in the 4-0 win over Denmark on New Year’s Eve. The tally ended up being the game-winning goal for the Czechs. Lauko also helped out in the opening game of the tournament, recording his only assist thus far on the overtime-winning goal against Switzerland.

Lauko has been good on the other end of the ice too. In the same game as his assist versus the Swiss, Lauko made a great defensive block on a 2-on-1 that kept the game tied around the midway point through the third period of play. Without that Lauko block, the Swiss may take a 2-1 lead and may end up winning the hockey game.

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Only one team in the World Juniors this year has two Bruins prospects on its roster – the Czech Republic and it seems more and more that the Bruins like having Czech players when you look at David Pastrnak and David Krejci on the full-time Boston roster up in the NHL.

As with the already-mentioned Jakub Lauko on the forward core, the Czechs have 6-foot-5, 209-pound defenceman Daniel Bukac on their blueline as well. The Bruins drafted Bukac with their seventh-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. The former player in the Western Hockey League joined the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

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Bukac is not known as an offensive defenceman by a stretch of the imagination. With his big frame, he is a solid shutdown defender on the back end and that was mentioned by the Ice Dogs General Manager, Joey Burke, when they added Bukac to their roster.

“Daniel is a big addition for our club. He provides help in an area we needed to improve in. A proven player at this level who brings size, defensive prowess as well as strength, adds a special dynamic to our group. Anytime you can add an NHL drafted player,  it always makes an impact. We look forward to the pedigree Daniel will bring. This is yet another exciting signing for us this offseason, and Daniel will be fun to watch in Niagara.”

Bukac has six points (two goals, four assists), in twenty-four games with the Ice Dogs before going to the WJC. Bukac has one assist in the World Juniors, against Denmark, when he assisted on the fourth and final Czech goal in the 4-0 win. Bukac has also been one of the top penalty-killers for the Czech Republic, who has a third-best 85.71% success rate on the penalty-kill.

Bukac, Lauko, and the Czech Republic battle Kyle Keyser and the United States in today’s quarterfinal.

D Urho Vaakanainen – Finland

Coming off a concussion that he suffered during his brief tenure in the National Hockey League, the eighteenth-overall draft pick in 2017 by the Boston Bruins joined his national country of Finland for the World Juniors.

Due to his NHL experience earlier in the year, Finland knew that they had to play Vaakanainen in a top role on the defensive core due to the lack of experience on the rest of the team. For the majority of the preliminary games, Vaakanainen played in the most minutes over all of the other Finnish players.

Dawning the “A” on his sweater, Vaakanainen also added two assists in the four games – in a 5-1 win over Slovakia on December 29th and assisted on the only goal by Finland in the 4-1 loss to the United States. Below are some scouting reports on the Finnish defenseman.

“An intelligent, two-way defender…reads the play really well, has his head up all the time and makes quick decisions with the puck.” – Futureconsiderations.ca 2017

“He has good puck moving ability and strong offensive upside. He is also a good skater and can rush the puck up ice with confidence.” – Hockeyprospect.com 2017

Urho Vaakanainen and Team Finland will play Jack Studnicka and the Canadians in the second quarterfinal of the day.

F Jack Studnicka – Canada

Before the tournament started, many analysts covering the competition said that Jack Studnicka was the best player in the pre-tournament events including the multiple games that Canada played in.

While Studnicka did not play at the high-scoring level that say, a Maxime Comtois on Team Canada has, but he has been key on the Canadian power-play, even though it has struggled. Studnicka played right in front of the opposing net on that man-advantage, in a position called the “bumper spot”. Someone else who is great in that spot on the ice on the Bruins, a guy by the name of Patrice Bergeron.

Studnicka is currently on a point-per-game status, scoring four points in four games. Three of those points are assists, but he did add a goal back on December 26th in the 14-0 Boxing Day shutout over Denmark. Jack continues to be one of the better players on Canada’s bottom-nine forward core.

The Bruins drafted Studnicka in the second-round, fifty-third overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. He is currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League with the Oshawa Generals, where he had 12-21-33 totals in 29 games before being sent to Vancouver/Victoria for the World Juniors.

F Pavel Shen – Russia

The final prospect of the Bruins to be listed and he just happens to be on the team who took the first place in Group A, after a narrow victory over Canada on New Year’s Eve. Shen has played a big part in Russia’s success in the tournament so far. Shen is currently tied for second on the team in points with four points in four games.

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In the December 31st game against Canada, a game between two undefeated countries and that would decide who wins Group A, Pavel Shen had a game that put himself on the hockey map. The Russian drafted in the 7th Round back in this past draft scored the game-winning goal late in regulation off of a nice zone entry, drive to the net and a goal past DiPietro of Canada.

Shen’s goal-scoring talent has been shown in the past, such as when he scored three goals and one assist in six games during the CIBC Canada/Russia Series, where the top Russian prospects play the best CHL players in the three different leagues (WHL, OHL, QMJHL). Shen has the ability to score and he can do it well.

Many have said that Shen is a sleeper player in the tournament and one of the underrated prospects in the Bruins system. If his development continues the way it has, he very well could make the Providence Bruins and maybe even the Boston Bruins in the near future. Pavel Shen and Russia play Slovakia in the Quarterfinals tonight.

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Bruins Game 35 Preview: Anaheim Ducks

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Following a big 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, the Boston Bruins will play host to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in an important game for both teams. The Bruins currently have a record of 18-12-4, good for a one-point lead on Montreal for the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a great home record this season, 11-4-0 to be exact.

Anaheim, on the other hand, has been on fire as of late, going 8-2-0 in their last ten games, losing in their most recent outing against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Anaheim has a current record of 19-12-5, third place in the Pacific Division. However, their road record has struggled this year, 9-8-0, while their home record sits at 10-4-5.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Jaroslav Halak 10-5-2 2.27 GAA .929 SV% Last Game: 22 Saves in 4-0 win vs MTL

ANA: John Gibson (Not Confirmed) 15-9-4 2.52 GAA .927 SV% Last Game: 28 Saves in 4-2 win vs PIT

Who’s Hot

In Monday’s win over the Canadiens, Colby Cave scored his first career NHL goal and tallied in an assist as well. While Cave has not been a consistent scorer this season, the two-point night against Boston’s biggest rival is something to be proud of.

Once again, David Pastrnak has been on fire – as usual – this season. Pastrnak was in the middle of a five-game point streak that started back on December 6th against Tampa Bay and just recently ended on Sunday against the Sabres. During the streak, Pastrnak scored two goals and seven assists for nine points. Even with the scoreless game against Buffalo, Pasta rebounded immediately with two assists against Montreal on Monday to bring his season totals to 21-20-41 in 34 games.

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Jaroslav Halak will be getting the start in between the pipes according to Bruce Cassidy. The 33-year-old goaltender is coming off of a 22-save shutout in the win over Montreal and now has two wins in his last three starts. Halak is second in the National Hockey League for highest save percentage with a minimum of 15 games played, behind only Andrei Vasilevskiy (.930 SV%), but Halak has started in three more games.

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been a play-making machine this season for Anaheim. In 30 games played in 2018-19, Getzlaf has nine goals and twenty assists, including seven points in the last five games. The Regina, Saskatchewan native has continued this season after a strong 2017-18 year considering the time he spent injured.

Who’s Not

Even with Getzlaf’s twenty-nine helpers, the Ducks have really struggled this season with scoring goals. The entirety of the team has scored the fourth-lowest amount of goals (91) in the entire league. One of the main culprits of that statistic is the lack of shots they put on the opposing goaltender. The Ducks are dead-last in shots-per-game, averaging only 26.8 shots per game. In that same stat, Boston averages 32.5 shots per game.

Noel Acciari has still failed to produce at a level that may be wanted/needed. In today’s NHL, all four lines should be able to tally in some goals when the team requires goals. Acciari’s linemates, Chris Wagner and Sean Kuraly have a combined eleven points between them, while Acciari only has one assist in 28 games. In addition, Acciari has a -6 rating – the second-lowest among Bruin forwards.

Bruins vs Ducks Outlook

Boston has not had the best winning percentage against Anaheim when they have played each other during the course of history. In the 34 games, Boston has walked away with 13 wins, 18 losses – a winning percentage of .426. Anaheim won both meetings in the ’17/’18, a 4-2 win on November 15th, 2017 and a 3-1 win on January 30th, 2018. Anaheim has won nine-straight games over Boston dating back to January 2014.

There is a simple hockey rule – prevent shots against and you have a good chance at winning. While the Ducks have not been shooting a lot, they have been winning games. If the Bruins can play some solid defence and if Jaroslav Halak can continue to play like he did against the Canadiens, the Bruins can have a great chance at winning this game.

Boston’s power-play may end up being one of the biggest advantages in this game. At 25.5% on the man-advantage, the B’s are 5th in the league for that stat. On the flip side, Anaheim’s penalty-kill percentage is just over 80%, good for 14th in the National Hockey League.

Nonetheless, it should be a very interesting hockey game. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm EST from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Below is the lineup for Monday’s win vs Montreal, as it will be the same for the game against the Ducks.

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Stepping Out In Bruins Fashion

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Drip. Swag. Style. On point. Whatever you want to call it, the boys in Black and Gold have got it down to a T. As they say, there’s nothing like having a tailored suit and with the recent trip out to Philadelphia, we were reminded just how fashionable these guys really are. From Burberry to Louis Vuitton, the Bruins are no strangers when it comes looking good, and luckily for fans, you can now purchase apparel designed exclusively by some of the players.

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SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES

Recently the Bruins announced a new collection of apparel geared towards women (a market the NHL is looking to expand on). A concept initially created by Stephanie Bergeron and Melanie Krug, the b&g Collection features Bruins-themed clothing and accessories that aims to be “stylish and functional.” Both Bergeron and Krug hand-selected each piece and prices range from $20-$130 dollars. Two brands that the wives have collaborated with are ’47 and Lululemon. Items include hats, sweatshirts, active-wear, and t-shirts. The best part about this collection? 10% of all sales go directly to the Boston Bruins Foundation. If you’re near the Boston area and looking for a last minute gift, you’ll find this collection at the Pro Shop on Level 2 of the Boston Garden.

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HATS OFF

Not to be outdone by the ladies, the ’47 brand also teamed up with current Bruins players to help design cuff knits and caps. Each piece comes with an embroidered tag featuring the players last name and number. Those that participated include Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask.

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Each hat features different Boston Bruins logos throughout history, ranging from the original 1924 logo to the Bruins spoked “B.” The limited-edition collection offers a range of colors and styles such as the classic black and gold to camouflage (thank you, Brandon Carlo).  Aside from the snapback caps, the collection also features uniquely designed winter beanies by both David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy.

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BLACK, BROWN AND GOLD

The 2019 NHL Winter Classic is set to be played at the iconic Notre Dame stadium featuring a classic match-up between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every year teams design a special jersey that are worn during the game and this year the Bruins went old-school and boy, it’s a real beauty. By now every fan has had a look at the design which is heavily influenced by the 1932-1936 version, featuring brown and gold colors. Inside the neckline, you’ll find small shamrocks (a nod to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish) marking each year the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

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As excitement keeps building for the match-up on January 1st, you can catch up on all that is Bruins starting tomorrow as the “Road To The Winter Classic docuseries airs at 11:30 PM E.T. The three-week program will go behind the scenes as both teams prepare for the big event.

ONE LAST THING…

What’s Christmas without some red, green and everything in between? Look for the B’s to make a fashion statement as the holidays approach. Let’s see how the boys top last year:

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs 11/26/2018

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By: Liz Rizzo| Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The last time these two teams faced each other at the TD Garden, Toronto was served a nice big bowl of pasta. Three bowls to be specific. Coming from a huge loss against Vancouver, the Bruins redeemed themselves with a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs. David Pastrnak had his third NHL career hat trick that night. Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and Brad Marchand had two assists that night.  In the two weeks thereafter, the first line had to change a bit as things needed to shift when news came out that Boston yet again will be down a player. With a collective groan, the team would lose Patrice Bergeron for at least four weeks due to an upper-body injury. Luckily, many are slowly returning as the Bruins welcome back defenseman  Kevan Miller last week.

The Bruins will once again for the second time this season face their Atlantic Division foes as they play against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Scotiabank Arena. With Boston bleeding out some wins and playing with fresh-faced Providence youngsters, Toronto has  steadily remained third in the Atlantic Division,  posting a 16-8-0 record. Boston has been biting at their heals as they hold down 1st in the wild card position. The Leafs have been without their star player 21-year-old Auston Matthews who had suffered an injury on October 27th in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.  Since losing Matthews, Toronto has been 8-5. Along with the center being out, the signing of William Nylander has been a hot topic for Toronto. Coach Mike Babcock recently mentioned that he expected both players to be back with the team, along  with the singing of Nylander prior to the December 1st deadline.

Maple Leafs

For Toronto, right wing Mitchell Marner leads the team with 30 points as he netted six goals with 24 assists. Not far behind him is John Tavares at 27 points with 15 goals plus 12 assists. The Leafs are coming off a 6-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Andreas Johnsson scored three goals in the first period for his first NHL hat-trick. Tavares would also score while Marner has two assists.  Patrick Marleau will play his 1,600th NHL game tonight as he faces the Bruins.  Frederik Anderson is expected in goal tonight.

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Boston

The Bruins recently held on to win a nail-biter of a game against the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 decision at the Belle Centre. Secondary scoring has been the issue for the Black and Gold this season, however the time to shine couldn’t come soon enough for many players. David Backes had his best game against the Habs with four shots on goal that forced two turnovers-one leading to the opening goal. With a host of D-men and Bergeron out with injury, the hustle of the fourth line has been huge for the Bruins. Backes joined Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner on that line against Montreal and took a  high stick that led to a four-minute minor towards the end of the third period.

Both David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron have 26 points with Pastrnak leading the team in goals (17). Bergeron is at nine goals with Jake Debrusk (10) second to Pastrnak. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected to start in net.  Here was today’s morning rushes :

Marchand – JFK – Pastrnak

Heinen Krejci – DeBrusk

Bjork – Nordstrom – Acciari

Wagner – Cave – Backes

Moore – Miller Krug –

Clifton Lauzon – Grzelcyk

Where to Watch

GAME TIME: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00pm

LOCATION: Scotiabank Arena

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Boston Bruins Call Up Colby Cave

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

With the news that Patrice Bergeron will be out and reevaluated in four weeks, the Boston Bruins have announced the recalling of Providence forward Colby Cave to help round up some more scoring depth.   The 23-year-old currently leads Providence in scoring, netting six goals with 12 assists for 18 points.

In the past three seasons with the P-Bruins, Cave has served as Alternate Captain. During the 2017-2018 season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound center played in 72 games, garnering 11 goals with 22 assists for a total of 33 points.  The Battleford, Saskatchewan native also made his NHL debut last season with the Black and Gold, playing alongside former Broncos Junior teammate Jake DeBrusk in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 21, 2017. The Bruins won in a 2-1 shootout at the TD Garden; Cave returned back down to Providence after the game.

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Cave started his junior career playing locally for the Battleford Stars in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League from 2009-2011. He was drafted by the Kootenay Ice Junior Hockey team in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2009 and was later traded the Swift Current Broncos in 2011. He made his debut at the end of the 2010-2011 season playing one game. He was named team captain in his third year with the Broncos.  Listed 157th overall by ISS Hockey, Cave would be eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft but was passed over.

In his final junior season with the team, Cave was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins in 2015.  He ended his WHL career with 95 goals and 107 assists in 287 games.  Cave would play the remainder of the 2014-2015 season in the AHL with Providence.  In his first full season in the AHL,  he played in 75 games where he recorded 13 goals and 16 assist for 29 points. During the 2016-2017 season with Providence, he netted 13 goals with 22 assists for 35 points.  During the AHL Playoffs, Cave had one goal with five assists in 17 games.

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This past October, Cave was called up on emergency basis for the Boston Bruins along with Jeremy Lauzon.  He joins a fractured Bruins team that has had to dig deep into their Providence roster. Along with Cave, the Black and Gold have called up Jeremy Lauzon, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton. In recent games, Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy has had to shuffle lines and with Bergeron out for a few weeks, the team will once again look to the “young guns” and remaining veterans.

Cave, for his part, has been having an impressive early start in Providence, which will hopefully bode well for an injured Bruins team. While it was mentioned earlier  that he leads the P-Bruins in scoring, one thing that’s been noted about Cave is his hockey sense. While not flashy,  he has been able to turn plays into scoring opportunities and like fellow teammate Jordan Szwarz, has continued to be slotted up front in the center/wing position.  For Cave, the call up to the big leagues will once again be a huge opportunity for the young 23-year-old. As for the Bruins, they’ll need every abled-bodied player to step up in a HUGE way.

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Injuries Pile Up During Bruins’ Road Trip

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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Check Me Out On Twitter @phoneymahoney

Zdeno Chara injured his left knee Wednesday night during the second period of a loss to the Avalanche in Colorado. Chara cut his road trip short, traveling back to Boston to be evaluated by team medical staff. When Chara was injured, the Bruins were already without Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Kevan Miller (hand), and Brandon Carlo (upper body).

The Bruins played in Dallas last night with three rookie defensemen in the lineup, two of whom were on emergency call-ups, making their National Hockey League debut. Boston lost 1-0 in overtime, in a back-and-forth, competitive game. While half of the Bruins defense consisted of players who were playing in the AHL last week, they were better defensively than most imagined that would have been.

That said, Zdeno Chara was sorely missed.  Chara was diagnosed on Friday, and today the Bruins announced that he sustained an injury to his left MCL and will miss 4-6 weeks of hockey. Surgery is a possibility, unfortunately. Chara is not the player he was when Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011, but he is still a very important part of the team, and remains an effective shutdown defenseman.

Defenseman John Moore missed Friday’s game in Dallas as well, with a lower-body injury purportedly sustained in Colorado, as he was unable to participate in Friday morning’s skate in Dallas. Moore cut his road trip short as well and returned to Boston for rest and evaluation. Moore’s absence on top of Chara’s, gave Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton the opportunity to debut for the Bruins last night. Moore is listed as day-to-day.

During Friday’s game in Dallas, Stars center Radek Faksa rode Patrice Bergeron into the boards awkwardly during the second period. Bergeron appeared to injure his shoulder and returned to the Bruins’ locker room. Eventually, he returned to the game but was not able to be as effective as he usually is, and he didn’t play a shift during overtime. Bergeron returned to Boston and will be evaluated by the team.

There hasn’t been any word from the Bruins about what kind of timeline to expect regarding Bergeron’s return to the lineup, as his injury only occurred last night, and there hasn’t been any communication as to how severe his injury is. Bergeron’s loss will be felt, as it was causing all sorts of upheaval in the Bruins’ forward lines, as well as on the power play and penalty kill.

Without team captain Zdeno Chara or alternate captain Patrice Bergeron in the lineup, the Bruins will be tolling with three alternate captains tonight in David Krejci, David Backes, and Brad Marchand.

The Bruins forward lines will be affected greatly: Krejci will be centering the top line, with Anders Bjork and David Pastrnak on his wings, while Joakim Nordstrom will be the second line pivot, skating with Marchand on his left and Jake DeBrusk on his right. The third line will consist of Danton Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Noel Acciari, while Sean Kuraly will play center for Chris Wagner and David Backes.

Regardless of what the results of Bergeron and Moore’s evaluations tell us, the Bruins are going to feel the loss of Chara through the end of the year (and hopefully that’s it). The Bruins really need  Bergeron and Moore to return to the lineup sooner, as icing three rookie defensemen cannot be ideal when a team is looking to win. It’s going to be a rough few weeks.

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Bruins Recall Lauzon From The AHL On Emergency Basis

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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Follow Me On Twitter @phoneymahoney

This morning, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that the team has recalled 21-year-old defenseman Jeremy Lauzon up from their AHL affiliate in Providence on an emergency basis, as blueliner Brandon Carlo is questionable for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Lauzon, a left-shot defenseman, was chosen by the Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, he was skating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He played there for a total of four seasons and captained them in 2016-17. In 200 games in the Q, Lauzon totaled 130 points, with 35 goals and 95 assists. The 2017-18 season was his first in the AHL, where he played 52 games and served as an alternate captain for Providence. In those 52 games, he notched seven points, having scored one goal and assisting on six others.

The 6’3″ defenseman has the ability to play a two-way game and is currently at 4 points (one goal, three assists) in 8 AHL games this season, and he scored a goal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a 5-4 overtime loss. Lauzon was called up earlier in the season, making his NHL debut on October 25th against the Philadelphia Flyers. In his four games, Lauzon played well but was sent back down to Providence once Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug were both ready to go back in the Bruins’ lineup.

During his previous call-up, Jeremy Lauzon played four games for the Bruins: one win each over Philadelphia and Carolina, and a loss against both Montreal and Nashville. He played well positionally but was not able to get on the scoreboard while playing 48 minutes across four NHL games. He took two shots, both of which were blocked, but he blocked one himself. Lauzon also had zero giveaways, and two takeaways in those four outings. It’s a small sample size, but these are not bad numbers for a rookie defenseman in his first call-up from the minor leagues to the big show.

It is not guaranteed that Lauzon will be in the Bruins’ lineup against Vegas tonight, as Brandon Carlo may or may not be ready to go. Since Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, and Urho Vaakanainen are all still injured, if Carlo cannot go tonight, it is possible that Matt Gzelcyk will be moving up to play alongside captain Zdeno Chara on the Bruins top pair, as the two played well together Saturday night against the Maple Leafs. If this is indeed the case, expect Lauzon to play on the third pair with usual seventh defenseman Steve Kampfer. This will leave the second pairing of Torey Krug and John Moore intact.

If Carlo’s injury is not long-term, and it doesn’t like it will be, Lauzon’s call-up probably won’t be very long. Charlie McAvoy has already resumed skating, and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says third pair defenseman Kevan Miller may be back in the lineup by the end of the Bruins’ upcoming road trip, which begins in Colorado this Wednesday, and will end November 21 in Detroit.