Bruins Extend Qualifying Offers To Six Players

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

As July 1st, or better known as the start of NHL Free Agency Frenzy, gets closer and closer, teams around the NHL are looking to re-sign the players that are going to be around for a long time. Boston has some key players within the system that are going to become free agents, however, the biggest names – Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen – are all restricted free agents (RFA).

In order to retain negotiating rights on these RFAs and others within the Bruins organization, Boston had to extend qualifying offers to six players. For a brief description on what exactly a qualifying offer is, below is a statement from CapFriendly.

  • A qualifying offer is an official Standard Player Contract (SPC) offer which shall be 1 year in length, and which can be subject to salary arbitration should the player be eligible.

  • Clubs have until the later of June 25th or the first Monday after the Entry Draft to submit Qualifying Offers.

  • Qualifying Offers apply to Group 2 and Group 4 free agents.

  • Submitting a Qualifying Offers gives the prior club the right of first refusal to match any offer sheet submitted, or receive draft pick compensation.

  • If the player rejects the qualifying offer, they remain an RFA and their rights are retained by the team.

  • If a player does not receive a qualifying offer, the player becomes a UFA. – CapFriendly.com

As mentioned above, if the player decides to reject the offer, then he remains an RFA and can negotiate a new deal with the team. For the players that did not receive an offer at all, then they will enter the free agent market as a UFA and teams can no longer receive draft compensation in return.

Here are the six players that the Boston Bruins extended a qualifying offer to:

The qualifying offer depends on the salary that the player made in the previous season with their respective club. More on that from CapFriendly below:

  • The qualifying offer is calculated from the players base salary (NHL salary minus signing bonus), and at minimum must meet the seasons minimum salary requirements:

    • 110% of the base salary if the base salary is less than or equal to $660,000

    • 105% of the base salary if the base salary is greater than $660,000 or less than $1,000,000. However, this qualifying offer cannot exceed $1,000,000.

    • 100% of the base salary if the base salary is equal to or greater than $1,000,000.

    • CBA Reference 10.2 (a) (ii) – CapFriendly.com

On their website, there is a tool that allows you to select a player that is currently an RFA and what exactly their qualifying offer is worth. Here are the results of that. It should be noted as well that all qualifying offers are only one year in length.

  • D Charlie McAvoy – $874,125
  • D Brandon Carlo – $874,125
  • F Peter Cehlarik – $735,000
  • F Ryan Fitzgerald – $787,500
  • F Danton Heinen – $874,125
  • F Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson – $874,125

Players can choose to accept the contract if the salary works for them in hopes for earning a larger deal once the one year expires. Forwards Ryan Fitzgerald and Peter Cehlarik will most likely agree to the qualifying offer that has been presented to them.

Evidentally, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen will decline the qualifying offer as they are proven NHL players and will get a large payday very soon. By declining the offer, they remain RFAs and the Bruins do indeed keep their rights within the system.

Another player that will likely decline this qualifying offer is forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson who announced in May of this year that he has signed a contract with Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2019-20 campaign. GM Don Sweeney said in a press release that Forsbacka Karlsson wishes to be closer to his family while continuing his hockey development. This declining of the qualifying offer means that Boston will hold onto his rights for the time being.

Within the entire Boston Bruins organization, only one player did not receive a qualifying offer and that is forward Gemel Smith who skated in 47 games with the Providence Bruins, putting up 16-24-40 numbers. Smith will enter the 2019 Free Agent class as an unrestricted free agent.

July 1st is less than one week away and the free agency frenzy is only getting more and more interesting. Make sure to stay locked on Black N’ Gold Hockey for the latest on the Boston Bruins.

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Bruins Prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson To Return To Sweden

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced this morning that forward prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (JFK) will return to Sweden next season, intending to sign a contract with Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League.

“Jakob will continue his professional hockey career and development in the SHL and we support his decision to be closer to his family at this time in his life,” Sweeney said as he addressed the media. Sweeney also noted that JFK has stated that he “fully intends to resume playing for the Bruins, but right now he feels playing at home in Sweden is what is best for him.”

JFK has suited up in 29 games for the Bruins, 28 of which came this season. During his time with the big club, the Stockholm native registered three goals and six assists for nine points. The 22-year-old’s NHL debut came during the season finale in 2016-17 versus the Washington Capitals.

The 45th-overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, JFK spent the majority of the last two seasons with Boston’s AHL-Affiliate, the Providence Bruins. In 86 total games, JFK notched 22-26-48 totals for the P-Bruins.

The 6-foot-1, 184-pound forward spent two seasons at Boston University before signing his entry-level deal with the Bruins, serving as an alternate captain during his sophomore season with 14-19-33 numbers and a plus-11 rating. As a freshman, the centerman was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after tallying 10 goals, 20 assists, and 30 points with a plus-four rating.

Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Weekend Recap

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

 

There’s an old saying regarding April showers and what they may bring. For the Providence Bruins, that has meant two things to begin the month. Many goals and many games consecutively to make the team work harder than they ever have before. The first two games of the weekend came against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a home and away series, giving the Bruins a chance to decrease their magic number to nearly zero.

Friday, April 5, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Home)

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First Period:

The game started as quickly as one could imagine with Bridgeport’s Grant Hutton getting his first goal of the season just over a minute into the game. The goal came on the power play with Providence’s Jeremy Lauzon getting called for hooking at the 49-second mark. Just one minute later the Bruins would answer back with the gritty play of Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson. JFK made a great play behind the cage of Jeremy Smith that managed to get across the line. The tally also kept his scoring streak intact.

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Another player looking to extend a streak was Paul Carey, and he would get the chance to do so at the 9:40 mark thanks to another Bruins’ power play. The alternate captain sent a great pass from circle to circle where Gemel Smith was waiting to put a one-timer in the back of the net. Thanks to the Sound Tigers second hooking call in as many minutes, the Bruins increased their lead to two with a goal from Ryan Fitzgerald. For Fitzgerald, it was a quick shot from the high slot, given plenty of help from his teammates on the second power-play unit. While Bridgeport would get one back late, the Bruins ended the period outshooting their opponents by a two to one margin.

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Score: 3-2 Bruins

Second Period:

In the second period, the Bruins would prove that when it rains, it pours. At the 3:37 mark, they would start an offensive barrage that would see them score three goals in just under two minutes of playing time. Mark McNeil, Paul Carey, and rookie Bruin Victor Berglund scored in that order. All three exhibited some fantastic dangles on their goals. As they did in the first period; however, the Sound Tigers would battle back and cut the lead back down to two. Otto Koivula and highly touted prospect Josh Ho-Sang were responsible for the Bridgeport tallies.

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Score: 6-4 Bruins

Third Period:

Entering the third, special teams had worked very well in favor of Providence, and they would get another opportunity to prove themselves. With Bridgeport defender Kyle Burroughs in the box for holding, Bruins captain Jordan Szwarz netted his 22nd goal of the season, deflecting a slap shot from Paul Carey. The score left the Bruins three for four with the man advantage, one of their best special teams showings this season. Carey would cap off a four-point night with an empty netter to seal the game after Bridgeport had gotten the Providence lead down to one. The final score marked the most goals the Bruins have scored in a game this season.

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Final: 8-6 Bruins

Saturday, April 6, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Away)

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First Period:

Coming into the second game of the weekend, Bridgeport certainly wanted to put Friday’s game behind them. The Bruins had the opportunity to decrease their magic number to six, but it was the Sound Tigers who came out with the fire early. Ryan Bourque tipped in a shot to give the home squad a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the game. After Jakub Zboril was sent to the box for tripping, Oliver Wahlstrom doubled the lead for Bridgeport, and the Bruins were in a hole before the halfway mark of the first period.

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Late in the first frame, the hottest Bruin of the last few games would continue to be hotter than an inferno. Paul Carey was able to walk in and net his 24th goal of the season to cut the lead in half with just about four minutes left in the period. With 42 seconds left in the period, Carey did it again to leave the game tied as the first frame came to a close. Jordan Szwarz picked up an assist on Carey’s second of the night.

Score: 2-2

Second Period:

The second period turned out to be fairly even between the two teams until late. Right after the penalty kill had come up large for the Bruins, Ryan Bourque was able to net his second of the night to give Bridgeport their second lead of the night. Although Dan Vladar continues to come up big, Providence couldn’t capitalize on their man advantage chances, and they ended the second period behind.

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Score: 3-2 Sound Tigers

Third Period:

In the final twenty minutes, Bridgeport was able to get a big insurance goal as Travis St. Denis was able to put a rebound past Vladar to make the lead 4-2. Despite JFK adding a critical tally late, it wouldn’t be enough for the Bruins to overcome and the magic number would stay stagnant going into the final matchup of the weekend against the Utica Comets. After the final whistle, the tempers would get the best of the Bruins as Mark McNeil would get a fighting major as well as a game misconduct for throwing punches after the game was declared official. Providence would also get some needed reinforcements back as Boston announced that Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Jeremy Lauzon, and Zach Senyshyn would return to the AHL.

Final: 4-3 Sound Tigers

Sunday, April 7, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Utica Comets (Home)

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First Period:

Zane McIntyre was back in net for the Bruins as a revamped squad was ready to take on Utica and get their magic number down to one with only a few games remaining in the regular season. All four of the Bruins latest additions from Boston were in the starting five and came out with a solid burst of offense. Just like Saturday’s contest, however, the opponents would get on the board first with Vincent Arseneau netting his 8th goal of the season for the Comets. Providence would get two late power-play opportunities but wouldn’t get the game tied as the first twenty minutes came to a close. The shot total was in favor of the Comets 10-8.

Score: 1-0 Comets

Second Period:

Late in the second frame, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson made it three consecutive games with a goal as he tied the game with a fantastic wrist shot from the near side circle. Zech and Cehlarik picked up the assists at the 16:42 mark. The tally also gave the Bruins a power play tally in each one of their games during the weekend. Utica goalie Ivan Kulbakov remained strong for the rest of the period to keep the game and the shot total even.

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Score: 1-1

Third Period:

In the third period, the Bruins would make it a game in their favor with two more players that had provided offense all weekend long. Paul Carey gave Providence the lead right off of the draw with his 26th tally of the season to give the Bruins a one-goal lead. Anton Blidh then finished off the game with an empty net goal, and the Bruins magic number was moved down to just one. Jordan Szwarz picked up the assists on both third-period goals to give him yet another multi-point game. It was certainly a weekend to remember for Providence, and with a magic number as low as it can possibly be they will play another three in three to close out the regular season.

Final: 3-1 Bruins

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Week 26 Preview

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By Tim Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

Week 26 of the AHL season is here, and the Providence Bruins skate into it 35-24-8-3 (81 points) and 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 games. This is good for fourth in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. With just six games left in the regular season, the baby B’s find themselves sitting in one of the final play spots. Though they sit tight in that playoff spot, every point is crucial, and they will need to get back to their winning ways to secure that spot. The good news is that four out of the final six games are being played at the Dunk with two of three there this weekend. Our boys in black and gold play very well at home so, this bodes well for the remaining games.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 5, 2019, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers skate into town to invade the Dunkin Donuts Center. The hockey action continues Saturday, April 6, 2019, when the Providence Bruins take their talents on the road and invade Bridgeport, Connecticut to take on the home team Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena. Finally, the weekend concludes on Sunday, April 7, 2019, when the baby B’s return home to take on the Vancouver Canucks’ affiliate, the Utica Comets. It will be an exciting weekend of hockey that you’ll want to see.

Friday, April 5, 2019 (HOME) and Saturday, April 6, 2019 (AWAY) Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The weekend home and home will mark the 11th and the 12th time that these two teams have met, and all the games have been closely contested games with six of the 10 games going to overtime or shoot-out. The first game of the season series saw the Sound Tigers beat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime with the spoked P getting goals from the recently departed Colby Cave (2), and Jakub Zboril with goalie Dan Vladar playing well turning away 30 of 34 shots he faced. The next meeting saw the Providence club win 5-2 getting goals from Cameron Hughes, Colby Cave, Trent Frederic (2), and the now departed Jan Kovar. Goalie Zane McIntyre looked good in net stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.

The third meeting between the two clubs saw Providence breakout offensively winning 6-1 getting goals from Cameron Hughes (3), Zach Senyshyn (2), and Trent Frederic. In net, Dan Vladar was superb stopping 28 of the 29 shots fired his way. The next three meetings the Eastern Conference foes would play ended up going to overtime. The first of those ended up going the Sound Tigers’ way 5-4 with the Bruins getting goals from Jan Kovar, Anton Blidh, Jakub Zboril, and Ryan Donato. Zane McIntyre was in net for the contest, and he was a little off his game stopping 20 of the 25 shots that were fired his way.

The next meeting between the two teams had the puck bounce the Bruins way as they won 2-1 in overtime getting goals from Wiley Sherman, and Ryan Fitzgerald (OT). Goalie Dan Vladar was excellent in net stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced. The sixth game of the season series saw the Baby B’s fell in overtime 4-3 getting goals from Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, and Kyle Cumiskey with goalie Dan Vladar stopping 13 of 17 shots he faced. Part seven of the season series saw the Bruins fall 4-3 in a shoot-out getting goals from Jordan Szwarz, Mark McNeill, and Zach Senyshyn while goalie Dan Vladar stopped 12 of the 15 shots that came his way.

The season series continued Friday, February 8, 2019, when the Providence Bruins beat the Sound Tigers 2-1 getting goals from Captain Jordan Szwarz, and Connor Clifton. Goalie Zane McIntyre was excellent in the net stopping 25 of the 26 shots that were fired his way. The ninth game of the season series was the very next night, and it saw the Baby B’s fall to Bridgeport 4-2 with the Bruins getting goals from Emil Johansson and Cameron Hughes. Net-minder Dan Vladar played admirably in net stopping 22 of the 25 shots that came his way. The most recent game of the series saw the Sound Tigers win 5-4 in overtime with the Bruins getting goals from Paul Carey (2), Jordan Szwarz, and Gemel Smith. In net, Zane McIntyre had a less than stellar performance stopping 22 of the 27 shots that were fired his way.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers come into the game 40-22-6-3 (89 points) and 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 games. This is good for second in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference. The Providence Bruins had an up and down season against the Islanders’ affiliate this year going 4-1-4-1. However, over the past five years, the Baby B’s have seen success against the Bridgeport club going 24-17-6-3 including 16-6-3 at home in that time frame. This bodes well for the weekend match-up. Major keys to this game will be special teams and getting a keeping a lead early.

The Sound Tigers have the eighth-ranked power play in the Atlantic Division, and 16th ranked in the Eastern Conference at 16.3%. Meanwhile, the Islanders’ affiliate has the fourth-ranked penalty kill in the Atlantic Division and eighth-ranked in the Eastern Conference at 81.1% On the flipside the Providence Bruins have the sixth-best power play in the Atlantic Division, and the 13th ranked in the Eastern Conference at 16.7%. Their penalty kill is much stronger boasting the second-best in the Atlantic Division as well as the Eastern Conference at 86.2%. In terms of grabbing an early lead and keeping it, the Sound Tigers are 19-3-3-2 when leading after the first period and 22-2-5-2 when leading after two. The Baby B’s are 16-7-3-1 when leading after one, and 28-4-2-2 when leading after two. These final two games of the season series are sure to be barnburners.

Sunday, April 7, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Utica Comets (HOME)

The Sunday afternoon game will mark the second and final time the Providence Bruins play the Utica Comets this season. Despite both teams being in the Eastern Conference, they only play a limited amount of times per year because they are in different divisions. They played one game in Utica, New York and then the Sunday game at the Dunk in Providence, Rhode Island. The first game saw the baby B’s fall 5-2 with the Bruins getting goals from Jordan Szwarz and Zach Senyshyn. In net, Zane McIntyre had an off night stopping 21 of the 25 shots that were fired in his direction. The Utica Comets skate into the match-up 31-31-6-2 (70 points) and 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. This is good for sixth in the North Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference.

Over the past five years, the Bruins have a winning record against the Vancouver affiliate going 6-5 in that time, however that includes 2-3 at home. Team defense is going to play a major key in who wins or loses this game. Both teams are similar on offense, they’ve both scored 205 goals in 70 games which is good for 2.92 goals a game. The big difference between the two hockey clubs is their defenses. The Utica Comets have given 244 goals in their 70 games on the year. This is a terrible 3.48 goals a game. Only one other team in the Eastern Conference has given up more goals than Utica. Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins have given up 188 goals in their 70 games. That is good for 2.68 goals a game. Only two other teams in the Eastern Conference have given up fewer goals than the baby Bs.

Despite Utica’s bad defensive numbers, something major to look for is they play a lot better when the game is close. In one-goal games, the Comets are 15-5-6-2. Meanwhile, Providence is 16-10-8-3. The other curious thing to look at would be how the two teams when outshooting their opponent and then being outshot. When being outshot the Utica hockey club is 20-12-2-1, but when they are outshooting their opponents, they are 11-17-3-1. On the other end of things, the Providence hockey club is 24-16-5-1 when they outshoot their opponent and 9-6-3-2 when being outshot. This is something that could play a major role in the Sunday battle.

Who’s hot and Who’s not for the Bruins

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Lee StempniakLee Stempniak has been good since joining Providence this season. The former Dartmouth College Captain was initially on a tryout with the club before signing a contract right before the NHL trade deadline this year. In 15 games with the Bruins, the veteran winger has netted six goals while dishing out six assists for 12 total points. This is a point per game total of 0.80. That includes finding the back of the net four times and dishing out three assists for seven total points in his last eight games. I gritty forward has been able to provide offense and leadership that has helped the baby B’s in the late part of the season. Hopefully, his play continues through the playoffs.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson: Forsbacka Karlsson has had an interesting season. It all started back in training camp when he was one of the leading candidates for the third-line center position. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t win the battle out of camp and started the year in Providence. The former Boston University Terrier was eventually called up to Boston and spent a good amount of time there before being sent back down to the AHL. The young center’s offensive game hasn’t exactly progressed as quickly as some people may like, but recently he has been playing better. Over his past six games, the forward from Sweden has found the back of the net two times while also dishing out two assists for four total points. This is very encouraging. Let’s hope he continues this play through the end of the season, and into the playoffs.

Not

Zach SenyshynZach Senyshyn has had a trying season for the Providence Bruins. The OHL product is probably the most talented forward prospect currently in either Providence or Boston, but for some reason, the talent and potential have not produced results so far. Since January 26, 2019, the young winger has found the back of the net one time and dished out three assists for four points total points in his last 22 games. During his OHL days, Senyshyn scored at a point per game clip of 0.91 (114-63-177 in 195 games played). However, since coming to the AHL that has dipped to 0.39 (26-24-50 in 128 games played). The good news is that the former Sault Ste, Marie Greyhound is only 22 years old, and he has time to develop into the player we want him to be. More positive news for the speedster, he was recently called up to Boston on an emergency basis. Hopefully, he can get in a game or two to regain some confidence.

Jeremy Lauzon: Jeremy Lauzon is another guy that has had an interesting season. He started the year playing well for Providence but received a call-up to Boston when the big club was going through a myriad of injuries. Once the parent club got healthy, he was sent back down to the AHL to work on a few things, and despite the low offensive output was playing good defense. Recently coming back from an injury that saw him sit for a few weeks, he’s looked okay but not great and has not recorded a point in his last nine games played. Now, the young defenseman has only played three games since coming back from injury, and he has time to gain momentum these last six games of the season. Hopefully, the former QMJHL Champion can turn it on come playoff time and give the baby B’s a big boost on the backend.

My players to watch this weekend

Up Front

Tommy MarchinTommy Marchin is a name you may not recognize, but he has played in three games so far with Providence, not registering a point but looking good on the ice. On March 25, 2019, the young forward signed a deal with Providence as a college free-agent. A few days later, March 27, 2019, he made his pro debut. Marchin spent the last four years playing for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island serving this last season as their Captain. In 115 games the young winger netted 40 goals while dishing out 36 assists for 76 points. This is good for a point per game total of 0.66. Keep an eye for Marchin this weekend, hopefully, he can provide some offensive punch for the Bruins.

On the Blue Line: 

Kyle Cumiskey: Kyle Cumiskey has quietly put together a nice season for Providence. The veteran defenseman came to the baby B’s on loan from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers in mid-November and has stayed ever since. In 34 games, the WHL product has netted three goals while dishing out 14 assists for 17 total points. This is a point per game total of 0.50. To top it off, in seven games against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Utica Comets this season, the gritty defenseman has netted one goal while dishing out six assists for seven total points. This means that 41% of Cumiskey’s points have come against these two teams this season. Hopefully, he can keep it up this weekend.

In Net

Zane McIntyre: Zane McIntyre is another guy that has had an interesting season. On the year, the veteran netminder is 23-12-7 with a goals against average of 2.43, and a save percentage of .902. Mid-season, the Providence Bruins, went on an impressive point streak, and at the time neither goalie had really solidified himself as the number one guy. McIntyre was able to anchor the backend of the defense and do just that. To top it off, he has been a lot better at home than on the road this season with 18 of his 23 wins coming at the Dunk. With two of three games in Providence this weekend, look for him to be essential in the baby B’s success.

The Providence Bruins are currently sitting in playoff position by five points. With 6 games remaining the team’s magic number is 10. The magic number is the number of points needed to clinch the playoff spot. The magic number goes down when it earns points either with victory, or overtime/shootout losses. The magic number also goes down when the team with the highest possible point total that isn’t currently in playoff position, loses. This means the Providence club either needs to win five of their last six games, or they need some help with the team directly below losing to clinch that playoff spot. The good news is that they remain in a good spot, and in charge of their own destiny. Hopefully, the club has a good weekend, and that number shrinks. We will catch up with you next week to let you know how the team fared but feel free to send any questions or comments to me on Twitter. I hope everyone enjoys the games this weekend and Go, B’s, Go!

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Bruins Prospect Studnicka Named IceDogs’ Alternate Captain

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

The Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs have announces that Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka has been named as one of the squad’s Alternate Captains.  One of the Bruins’ top prospects, Studnicka was drafted 53rd overall in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and is currently playing his fourth, and likely last, season in the OHL.

The right-hand shooting center was traded to the Niagara IceDogs from the Oshawa Generals along with Canucks prospect Matt Brassard as part of a blockbuster deal in exchange for defenseman Lleyton Moore and six draft picks on January 8th. Since he was traded to Niagara, Studnicka has scored seven goals and assisted on eight, for a total of 15 points in just nine games with his new team — not too shabby. He also scored a hat trick in a 7-2 routing of the Flint Firebirds on January 19th.

Jack is currently sitting at 49 points in 39 OHL games this season and is tied for fifth in scoring for the IceDogs. Studnicka is no stranger to being in a leadership role, as he Captained the Oshawa Generals last season. It runs in the family, apparently, as his older brother Sam, also a center, was named Captain of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2016.

IceDogs Head Coach Billy Burk has been impressed by the crafty center since he joined the Niagara squad:

Jack is one of the most detailed players in the league and he carries himself like a pro at practice and away from the rink. He is a natural leader and even though he has only been here a few weeks, he completely embodies what it means to be an IceDog. The strength of this team is the character of our players. Jack will do a great job along with Ben, Akil and Jon in leading our group on hopefully a long run.

Studnicka had an excellent training camp with the Bruins this season, and also played for Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championship, where the Tecumseh, Ontario native scored one goal and assisted on three for four points in five games. It would be no surprise to see him land on the Providence Bruins’ roster in the American Hockey League at the end of this OHL season.

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Jack’s name has been bandied about in Bruins trade rumors in exchange for a scoring wing, but it seems like moving him could turn out to be a bad idea since he is a talented scorer and is considered to be one of the OHL’s most complete player. That said, Studnicka clearly has the skills and intangibles NHL coaches and GMs love, so his being named a Captain on his second team in a row may up his value to other teams a bit.

The way the Bruins’ NHL roster looks at the moment, however, it wouldn’t be that crazy to think that if the 6-foot-2 center can capitalize on his time in the AHL, Studnicka could land in Boston next season. Given that the sky is the limit for Jack, he could very well find himself in a three-way tie for third line center on the NHL roster with Swedish center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Trent Frederic, who made a splash in his National Hockey League debut against Winnipeg Tuesday night. At the moment, Studnicka seems like a pretty special player, and it’s great to see him be rewarded.

 

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston vs. Washington: 1/10/19

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Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Backes

Kuraly – Acciari – Wagner

Donato – JFK – Heinen

Defense

Chara – Carlo

Krug – Moore

Grzelcyk – Miller

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Washington’s Lineup

Forwards

Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson

Vrana – Backstrom – Oshie

Connolly – Eller – Boyd

Stephenson – Dowd – Smith-Pelly

Defense

Kempny – Carlson

Orlov – Niskanen

Orpik – Siegenthaler

Goalies

Holtby

Copley

First Period

If history were to repeat itself, this one would have been an ugly one, as the Bruins haven’t beaten the Capitals in ages. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was 15-2-0 against the Bruins in his career heading into this one, so the Bruins were looking to flip the script on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Bruins found themselves on the power play just less than two minutes in as Brad Marchand was taken down by Jonas Siegenthaler – who put Washington on the penalty kill with a holding penalty. Despite a couple chance including an excellent one from Matt Grzelcyk in the dying seconds, the Bruins failed to convert on their first power play. Jaroslav Halak kept things scoreless shortly after the conclusion of the power play with an acrobatic save on Tom Wilson.

Jakub Vrana somehow snuck his way behind John Moore and Torey Krug and made no mistake depositing his 15th of the season to make it 1-0 Capitals. Chances came and went for the Bruins after the goal, but Holtby, as he usually does, had their number. He shut them out in the season opener and continued to reign supreme in the first period. Through 16 minutes, the shots were 14-5 Bruins. Not even a perfect-looking wraparound from Ryan Donato could beat Holtby.

The shots in the period finished at a whopping 17-5 in favor of the Bruins, but no dice. One miscue when it comes to situational awareness put them behind in the first. From here on out, it was time to play catch up.

Score: 1-0 Washington

Second Period

After controlling the beginning of the period pretty well, Patrice Bergeron took a rare tripping penalty to put the Bruins down a man. The Capitals came into this game two for their last 35 on the power play. The Bruins killed the penalty and not too long after Lars Eller found himself tied up with Brad Marchand and David Backes behind the play and went to the box for it. Agitator gon’ agitate as Marchand baited Eller into taking an undisciplined penalty, Washington loses their second most important penalty killer in terms of shorthanded time on ice.

No matter how many chances came their way, the Bruins remained snakebitten against the Capitals. Halfway through the game, the shots were 22-7 Bruins, and they were losing – something had to give. To make matters worse, Brandon Carlo sat for two thanks to a tripping penalty just past the halfway point of the period and the game.

Ryan Donato finally broke the curse after a healthy sequence in the offensive zone and a great saucer pass from Torey Krug. Donato’s sixth of the season tied the game, assisted by Krug (25), and Forsbacka-Karlsson (4).

The tied score didn’t last long as Alexander Ovechkin did what he does a lot, and that is score goals. 2-1 Capitals with 5:10 to go in the frame. The Bruins face cruel circumstances whenever they face the Capitals. Eight shots, two goals.

Chris Wagner laid an iffy hit on Michal Kempny and Wilson came in and hit him up high. Tom Wilson did something stupid, water is wet. Carry on.

Krug slammed Brett Connolly to the ground after being held to make things interesting late in the period, Connolly sat for two minutes. Despite still heavily outshooting the Capitals 28-12 overall, and 11-7 in the period, the Bruins still trailed on the scoreboard.

Score: 2-1 Washington

Third Period

Starting the period on the power play gave the Bruins a great chance to take momentum early in the final frame. Unfortunately, they failed to convert, 0-4 on the power play for the Bruins. Despite their power play struggles, a blessing came to the Bruins in the form of a too-many-men penalty against the Capitals to be served by Ovechkin.

Fifth times the charm? Is that how the expression goes? David Krejci buried his first goal in nine games with a slapshot from the right circle through a bit of a screen. Krejci’s eighth of the season was assisted by Danton Heinen (7), and David Backes (8).

As the theme persists, Washington scores right after the Bruins tie the game as Nicklas Backstrom sent a weird one past Halak to regain the lead. 38-19 were the shots with five and a half minutes left, the Bruins literally doubled the Capitals shots and were still down a goal, thanks, Holtby.

Alexander Ovechkin made it two when he sent one at the empty net just seconds after Halak made it to the bench. His second of the game iced this one. Cassidy took a timeout with 28.7 seconds to go. The Capitals are the Bruins’ kryptonite. The final shots were 41-22 Bruins overall, and 13-10 in the period. Next up are the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto at 7 PM ET on Saturday night.

Final Score: 4-2 Washington

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Bruins Colby Cave Representing Saskatchewan With Recent NHL Success

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

“Colby Cave gets his first career National Hockey League goal!” Jack Edwards’ legendary call during Monday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night will play loudly in the Cave household in North Battleford, Saskatchewan for many years to come. While I have not personally been in a situation, (clearly), where I scored an NHL goal, against Carey Price of all goaltenders, in the Bell Centre. But you can see the amount of excitement imploding from Cave once the rubber puck crossed the red line.

It was a nice goal too, not some lucky bounce off of three legs and just happened to bounce off the eventual goal-scorer, but a solid one-time goal. David Pastrnak circled the puck around the blue line, made a quick pass to Charlie McAvoy down near the faceoff circle, who sauced the puck to Cave in the slot for a sweet goal. Cave’s celebration after is something that easily puts a smile on your face.

Undrafted, Cave made his big impression on the Boston Bruins during his time in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos. In 2011-12, Cave debuted with 6-10-16 totals in 70 games played. Just one year later, Cave quickly boosted his scoring numbers, hitting forty-one points (21 goals, 20 assists), in 72 games. He also tallied four points in five playoff games that season as well.

When then-captain Adam Lowry left the Broncos to the American Hockey League to play for the then-Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate, the St. John IceCaps, Swift Current stitched on the “C” on Cave’s Bronco jersey. Cave said the following when he was awarded the captaincy.

“It’s a true honour to be named the captain of such a respectable organization,” says Cave.  “This organization goes back a long way. Just seeing some of the former captains and their names up on the wall, guys like Adam Lowry and Zack Smith, it’s quite an honour to be put into the same group as them. I hope to prove everyone right and keep this team on the right track and win some games.” 

And prove everyone right was indeed what Colby did. In the seventy-two regular-season contests during the 2013-14 season, Cave scored 33 goals and 37 assists for 70 points as well as a +20 rating. Once again in the following season, in 2014-15, Cave scored a WHL career-high 75 points (35 goals, 40 assists) in 72 games. The numbers led Swift Current in assists and second on the team for goals and points. The only player ahead of Cave in goals and points was fellow-Bruin, Jake DeBrusk, who had 81 points in 72 games.

While the Broncos never made it out of the first-round when it came to the playoffs, his regular season production was something that caught the eye of the Bruins organization. On April 7th, 2015, ex-Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli signed Cave to an entry-level contract, sending him to the Providence Bruins immediately.

In the 239 career AHL games with Providence over the course of over three seasons, Cave has produced 43-72-115 totals while being the assistant captain for the team for the last three consecutive seasons. The 2016-17 season was the best season for Colby in terms of production, scoring 35 points during the course of the campaign.

The entry-level deal that the Bruins signed Colby to back in 2015 expired over the offseason, but the Bruins re-signed the six-foot-one, 201-pound Saskatchewan native to a two-year, two-way deal. 

Following three NHL games last season, Cave’s true chance to get that first goal would be this season – during the middle of the Bruins’ injury bug. When Patrice Bergeron was placed on the injured reserve in mid-November, the Bruins were forced to call-up Colby Cave to the NHL team on November 20th. The number of injuries on the forward core left the organization almost no choice.

According to Frozen Pool by Dobber Sports, Colby Cave has seen the majority of his ice time with David Backes and Joakim Nordstrom (28.39%) as well as time with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak (24.37%). Cave tallied his first career NHL point with an assist against the Detroit Red Wings on December 1st, followed by another helper two games later against Tampa Bay.

All of Cave’s hard work through the juniors, minors, and big leagues eventually led to that goal that was showed at the beginning of this article. In addition, Cave pitched in with an assist, his first career multi-point night in the NHL.

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PHOTO CREDITS: (USA TODAY Sports)

Now, Patrice Bergeron was on the ice for Bruins practice on Wednesday, December 19th, making his inevitable return to the roster even closer. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy will most likely go back with the Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak line that dominated the league before Bergeron’s sternoclavicular/rib injury. David Krejci will probably be brought back down to the second-line, so where does Cave go?

At one point during the season, the simple answer would be to man the middle of the third line. However, the line of Ryan Donato, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Danton Heinen has been finally finding their groove, thriving on each other’s growing confidence of playing alongside one another. In the same idea, it would seem wrong in a sense to demote Cave to the Providence Bruins, but the fourth-line is essentially set – leaving no other real option.

Unfortunately, when the Boston Bruins are, for the most part, injury-free on the forward core, Colby Cave will most likely be demoted to the American Hockey League to re-join the Providence Bruins until his services are once again required in the big leagues. Cave’s two-way contract allows Boston to send him down without the fear of waivers and while Donato and JFK also have two-way deals, their recent success should keep them on the NHL roster.

Nonetheless, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is proud to see Cave find success in the National Hockey League, even if it may be short-lived. Having been to North Battleford on many occasions and living only 2.5 hours away from the small Saskatchewan city, I can appreciate the efforts Cave and every other NHL player had to go through to make it to the position he is in today.

When Boston eventually becomes injury-free, does/should Colby Cave be the odd-man out, getting a trip to Providence or should it be another Bruin forward currently on the roster? Let me know via Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

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Timing May Be Right For Bruins

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @Evan007onTV

They say timing is everything.

In life, most definitely and in sports, most assuredly. This holiday season, the gift of timing may be ticking in the Bruins favor for a change, as the team’s most recent spirited play against the “keystone cop Canadiens” and the celebrated return of co-captain Patrice Bergeron are coinciding at, figuratively and literally, just the right time!

 

First, you have the above highlights which for all intents & purposes entertainingly highlight just how solid of a road game the B’s played at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Especially coming off consecutive losses to Buffalo & Pittsburgh that were not only winnable well into each 3rd period for Boston, but also filled to the brim (like a Christmas Eve stocking) with scoring chances. Second, and perhaps most important, you have the tweet below which reads as gloriously and miraculously as a “Night Before Christmas” storytime yarn beside the fireplace:

Hold onto your Santa hats, indeed! Because with the Ducks, Preds & Whalers (yes, I’m refusing to call that team by that other name since players will be sporting my favorite non-B’s jersey ever for the captivating contest in Carolina) all set to skate against the Bruins leading up the 25th of December, NOW is exactly “the time” for the team to be playing successful hockey with a passion & purpose. Personally, there’s no one better to help that trend continue than the perennially point prolific Patrice B. Sure, Boston bench boss Bruce Cassidy will have some important, and dare I say timely, decisions to make when it comes to the roster…

…But I’m confident players, fans, media, bloggers and everyone else will be a-ok with the updated look if the B’s keep up the good timing and rekindle some chemistry on more than just the top line or two. Anyone who thinks the return of No. 37 will hinder that instead of help it along is in need of a good help-ing of holiday coal. The rest of us cheerful chirpers will gladly enjoy the “through the glass” view of healthier Bruins hockey as if we were frozen in time in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Speaking of, let me paint you a picture of what the “Bergy’s back” Bruins could look like, if you have the time (and factor in the young Mr. DeBrusk is still recovering and that the coaches don’t want to break up the current 1st line):

MARCHAND – KRECJI – PASTRNAK

DONATO – BERGERON – HEINEN

NORDSTROM – JFK – BACKES

KURALY – CAVE – WAGNER

Of course, there are a multitude of other line combos that can be arranged, and rearranged, between lines 2-4. But I’m most intrigued by the blending of youth, skill, veteran savvy and toughness from the above — at least for now when using my projected imagination. While on that topic, imagine Bergy getting the best out of both Donato & Heinen: two legitimate scoring threats who were starting to show their skill consistently when aligned as a line with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson aka JFK, but who now have the smartest player in modern-day hockey centering their abilities with his own uncanny ability & talent. Oh, the possibilities!

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I also think it’s promisingly possible for JFK to center the likes of Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes. You’d have a younger, confident playmaker providing opportunities for a now confident-as-can-be Backes who is playing his best hockey of the season. Add in the fact that the skillful Nordstrom just got off the scoring schneid (shnide?) and onto the score sheet versus the hated Habs and you have a spoked-B bunch on the 3rd line who are all eager to keep the momentum going time after time, as Cyndi Lauper once sang.

And who wouldn’t sing the praises of a 4th line featuring a hungry-for-more-goals Colby Cave in-between an energetic Sean Kuraly and tough as nails Chris Wagner (sorry Noel Acciari for the untimely scratch at the moment)? For what it’s worth, this is a creative combo that could be filled with more holiday “hits” than a Bing Crosby collection!

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But this is all speculation, with a side of curiosity and wishful thinking. It’s a fun game to play at the moment because the B’s, for the time being, are finally having some fun playing THEIR game. At least it feels that way in the wake of a big bounce back performance for the Black N’ Gold against the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge. Will it continue, and what will it look like with Bergy coming back? Well, those are the big, bold questions all wearing a spoked-B right now.

If any of it can turn out to be as timeless as the B’s logo from the video above, then I think all of Bruins Nation will be grateful this holiday season.

Then again, timing is everything.

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Why A Wildcard Spot May Not Be The Worst Scenario For The Bruins

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By: Spencer Fascetta | Follow Me on Twitter @PuckNerdHockey

We are midway through December, and there is plenty of panic in Boston.

“We need an enforcer!”

“Our goaltending sucks!”

“We can’t score!”

OK, can everyone just take a deep breath, please? By having the injury bug eviscerate this roster early, the Bruins may just have stumbled into their best-case scenario come the playoffs. Also, the goaltending hasn’t been the problem, and ENFORCERS ARE NEVER THE ANSWER. So, what do I mean?

Well, the Bruins are currently 5th in the Atlantic Division. Before you get your pants in a knot, let’s put some context into the equation. While they are 5th in the Atlantic, they have played one game fewer than fourth place Montreal, and are trailing the Habs by only a point. They are a significantly better team than the Canadiens, whom I am unconvinced can maintain their current level of play. That’s not even the interesting part. Despite having played two more games than the Bruins, the 6th place Detroit Red Wings trail the B’s by 5 points. Ottawa has played the same number of games like Detroit, and are 6 points behind Boston. Boston has played one more game than the Florida Panthers, but they sit dead last in the division, a full eight points behind the Bruins. They aren’t going to get caught from behind in the Atlantic.

Atlantic Standings

They should inevitably pass the Canadiens, so that begs the question – how close are they to the guaranteed divisional playoff spot? At the moment, the Bruins have a game in hand on every team above them in the Atlantic Division and trail the 3rd place Buffalo Sabres by 5 points, the Toronto Maple Leafs by 6, and the Tampa Bay Lightning by 13. Nobody is catching Tampa. In any division. That team is well on its way to a President’s Trophy. If you had said Buffalo would be only a point behind the Maple Leafs in third place in the Atlantic at this point in the season, well, please get in contact with me, I could use the services of someone who can see the future.

So, the Bruins are fifth in their division. But they currently occupy the 2nd wildcard spot. As it stands, it is pretty clear that Tampa Bay is going to be the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and will, therefore, host the second wildcard team. As previously noted, there is no reason to think that Boston won’t finish the season ahead of the Canadiens. They are not in danger of dropping out of a wildcard spot either. Currently, the Bruins sit with 38 points in 32 games. That is 5th in the Atlantic Division, but would be SECOND in the Metropolitan Division. No, that is not a typo. The Bruins are 5th in the division, but only 6th in the conference. Believe it or not, they are actually a Top 10 team in the entire league. They just happen to play in one of the most stacked divisions in recent memory.

League Standings

So, why should they WANT to finish in the first wildcard spot? Well, they almost certainly would need to face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in the first round. That’s no easy task. But finishing in a divisional spot means they have to face two of Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Buffalo to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. The current Metropolitan Division playoff teams are Pittsburgh and Columbus (who isn’t on board for ANOTHER Pittsburgh/Columbus throw-down), either of whom is a significantly easier matchup than the juggernauts in the Atlantic. Currently, Tampa Bay is #1 in the league, Toronto is 5th, and Buffalo is 7th. Washington is 6th, but Columbus is 15th, and Pittsburgh is 17th. That’s a pretty simple bit of math.

Wildcard Standings

What killed the Bruins when they got to Tampa Bay last postseason was the 7-game death-match that was their First Round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were exhausted, beat-up, and could not keep up. They are guaranteed to have a similarly difficult matchup if they finish in either 2nd or 3rd in the Atlantic Division this year. Don’t do that. This team is good enough to be in the playoffs and do some damage once fully healthy, so don’t rush anyone back. Let Bergeron and Chara take as long as they need to be fully healthy. Use this time to experiment with line combinations, and see what you have in some depth pieces. Acclimate Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to the NHL game, as the kid line with JFK between Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato has begun to look good the last few games. You still have Anders Bjork shredding the American Hockey League. Don’t make a massive trade for a short-term piece. Stay the course, finish fourth, take the easier path to the Stanley Cup Final. You may be thanking me if you do.

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Bruins Game 32 Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

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

For the second time this season, the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins will battle it out in a Friday night game.

Coming off of three wins in a row over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and most recently, the Arizona Coyotes, the Bruins will be looking to continue that momentum Friday in Pittsburgh. In each of the three outings, the Bruins have had their moments where it seems another loss is on it’s way, but the injury-filled roster manages to battle back and steal a win.

The 2018-19 season has not been what the Pittsburgh Penguins have been used to over the past few years. The team’s record sits at 13-11-6, good for fourth in the Metropolitan Division, tied with the New York Islanders who have the third spot. Most recently, the Penguins took a hard loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, who have been equally struggling as we near the end of the 2018 calendar year, 6-3 the final score.

Starting Goaltenders:

PIT: Casey DeSmith: 9-5-4 2.43 GAA .921 SV% Last Game: 23 Saves in 6-3 Loss vs CHI

BOS: Jaroslav Halak: 9-4-2 2.30 GAA .930 SV% Last Game: 29 Saves in 6-3 Win vs TOR

Who’s Hot

David Pastrnak has been and continues to be Boston’s best player on the ice night in and night out. In 31 games this season, Pastrnak has 21-17-38 totals, 16 of those points coming on the power-play. Heading into Friday’s game, Pastrnak is riding a four-game point streak including a three-point night (1 goal, 2 assists) against the Coyotes on Tuesday night.

After an extended amount of time off the score sheet, Brad Marchand now has finished three consecutive games with more than a point, scoring three points against both the Maple Leafs and Coyotes. The recent rebirth of Marchand’s point production has raised his totals to 10-22-32 in 31 games so far this season.

Boston’s new third-line of Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Ryan Donato, and Danton Heinen have found recent success together after all three struggled to begin the ’18/’19 campaign. The three worked together to score the first goal for the Bruins against Arizona, kick-starting the comeback when the Bruins were down 2-0 after the first period. In the past three games, the trio has four goals and three assists for seven points.

Scoring for the Penguins has been dry as of late, even from their big offensive stars such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but forward Bryan Rust is coming off of his second-career NHL hat-trick against the Blackhawks, scoring the only three goals by Pittsburgh. It brings his totals to 4-6-10 in 30 games, but any sort of offence can help the Penguins moving forward as they try to climb higher in the standings.

Who’s Not

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been oddly quiet for Pittsburgh as of late, considering both superstars had great starts to their respective seasons. In the past three games, both players have failed to tally a single point. Against Chicago, Malkin was a -4 rating and Crosby was a -3 rating. The Pens need support from them, especially against Boston if they want to walk away with two points.

Casey DeSmith has had a decent run with the Penguins so far this year, but he had a poor outing against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Casey allowed four goals on twenty-seven shots, finishing the night with a .852 save percentage. He has not had a terrible season, but having him play well vs Boston tonight could mean a lot to the Penguins.

Bruins vs Penguins Outlook

In their last meeting on November 23rd saw a win for the Bruins in overtime, 2-1 the final score. Jaro Halak was the goaltender in net for that game as well, making 36 saves in the victory. Jake DeBrusk scored his ninth goal of the season assisted by Krejci and Kevan Miller, while Joakim Nordstrom scored the game-winning goal in the overtime session to give Boston the extra point.

Boston managed to shut down Pittsburgh’s offence and if they can do it again tonight, then they will have a good chance to defeat the Pens. This will not be the first time that DeSmith has been in between the pipes against Boston, but it will be the first time that he is named the starter for a Boston game. His previous experience vs the B’s, back on March 1st, 2018, was in an 8-5 loss. The Bruins managed to chase Tristan Jarry, but DeSmith allowed three goals on five shots. The Bruins will be looking to make DeSmith hate playing against the them with more goals scored on him tonight.

Boston Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced that Sean Kuraly and Noel Acciari will be back in the lineup and on the fourth line. Kuraly is coming off of a minor nose procedure and will most likely dawn the face mask. Jake DeBrusk remains out of the lineup for concussion protocol. Boston’s top-line of Marchand, Krejci, and Pastrnak have scored a combined twenty points in the past three games and they will need to be on top of their game to take down the Penguins.

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