Allred: My Top Boston Bruins Podcast Rankings

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Over the past several years I’ve transitioned my attention away from Boston Sports radio and dropped the dial in search of increased Boston Bruins hockey talk. With heavy favoritism to other leagues such as football and baseball, it almost seemed like it was a struggle to talk more than 5-10 minutes about a team and a sport that’s been around the Boston area the second-longest in professional sports history. This is what happens when corporate strings are pulled in my opinion to cater to the individual strengths and popularity. There is, in fact, a rank that sets each sport apart and while I get the business side of this particular topic and who reigns supreme in the New England region, It’s not for me which have made podcast a huge asset to my daily life.

As a diehard Bruins fan, I also subscribe to over 150 other hockey-related podcasts to help me get through my long work week and travel when I’m covering the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins when I head south to the state of Rhode Island on the weekends. Not only is this sweet hockey talk entertaining, but it’s also a valuable tool as a credentialed writer and podcaster of two programs myself. Hockey podcasts are a great way of gathering hockey-related information from a league-wide perspective on the go and great discussion points with credit of course on our own weekly BNG programs I’ve added at the bottom of this article.

My top-12 Bruins podcasts rankings are my favorite shows with some being weekly and some more or less on a bye-weekly schedule. For their hard work and Bruins dedication to the pod waves, I wanted to say thanks to everyone on this list below for their time and dedication to the best Boston sport and also wanted to provide avenues so you the reader can find these fantastic programs for yourselves. If you happen to enjoy this list I’ve provided and do in fact subscribe, please give these folks a five-star rating and add some feedback of what you think of their shows. These five-star reviews are very important when others are searching for shows of interest on each worldwide platform. The order of my rankings below is highest to lowest with audio production quality a key factor in my decision making.

The Skate Podcast

WEEI Hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman do a fantastic weekly show and insightful bonus skate programs to provide Bruins fans with the hottest topics coming out of locker room media scrums and often the ridiculousness of what’s being said about this NHL club from a social media perspective. This show is starting to gain some serious traction with popular guest appearances from Don Cherry to former players and current hockey media personalities like Brian Lawton. A must-follow for an informative hockey podcast as the duo goes to great lengths to produce a knowledgable quality listening product and are some of the best when it comes to fan interaction or wisdom seeking questions. Also, Pete Blackburn returns to the program once The Skate Pod moves back to Sunday’s with the departure of New England football talk. So they got that going for them, which is nice.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @TheSkatePod

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The Perfection Pod

This is a new program for the 2019-20 Bruins season and has sneakingly become one of my favorites from the start. Hockey analyst legend Billy Jaffe along with The Athletic Bruins beat writers Joe McDonald and Fluto Shinzawa provide news and updates from the happenings at TD Garden in Boston to on the road from high above when the team travels. All three members meet for a free podcast recording early every week and then an exclusive episode for The Athletic subscribers only ( Click HERE To Get Involved ) to end the week. The group brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and another must follow in my opinion as the shows get better every episode.

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The Hockey Show Podcast

A production from the folks at 98.5 The Sports Hub, Ryan Johnston hosts this program from the flagship radio station of the Boston Bruins and is joined weekly by radio play-by-play guy Judd Sirott and his color analyst and former Bruins defenseman Bob Beers. This program is another one that gets deep into Bruins new and has tremendous guests such as aforementioned Billy Jaffe and 98.5 The Sports Hub scribe of Ty Anderson who does an awesome job pumping out related articles. This program is recorded on Saturday mornings during the regular season and features some very entertaining phone call-ins. Highly recommended!

98.5 Twitter Account:  @985TheSportHub

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Marina’s Morning Skate Podcast

Another new program to me regular listens is Marina’s Morning Skate hosted by Marina Molnar and is a Barstool Sports production. Another great show that I highly recommend as Marina is a very knowledgable Die Hard Bruins fan. A former active writer for the Weekend at Bergy’s website that she owned and operated, Marina’s taken that B’s insight and passion to the pod waves in this her first season of this trending hockey podcast. From Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn to Spittin’ Chiclets host Rear Admiral, Marina has put together a sweet lineup of enjoyable guests. Big fan of this program and you should be too!

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Bruins Beat Podcast

A production of the growing CLNS Media Network, UMass college student and host Evan Marinofsky juggles his busy schedule to observe the Bruins games from high above the TD Garden ice on the regular. This once a week program can be heard on Tuesday mornings and Evan is no slouch when it comes to scheduling special guests to drop even more knowledge to this tremendous weekly Bruins broadcast. From NESN’s own Dale Arnold and Jack Edwards to funny Boston Sports personalities such as DJ Bean and Conor Ryan this program is a must follow and subscribe as Evan’s is a serious up and comer when its Boston Sports media and it’s future.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @BruinsCLNS

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Big Bag Bruins Podcast

Part of the Full Press Radio Network and yet another Bruins related hockey podcast that’s new to the pod waves this season hosts Ian Glendon and Chris Blackey has provided me with an entertaining level of B’s hockey talk. The show has had a few guest appearances from the aforementioned Marina Molnar of the Morning Skate Podcast to the vast amount of knowledge from Boston Herald beat writer Steve Conroy. Both Ian and Chris have formed a tremendous amount of chemistry between their two personalities since joining forces at the beginning of the 20-9-20 Boston Bruins season. If you haven’t followed these two or subscribed to their show, I heavily recommend you do!

Show’s Twitter Account:  @BigBadBruinsPod

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Chris Mancuso’s Weekend Wrap Podcast

This is another podcast that I basically claw at the door for its weekly drop usually at the beginning of the workweek. Chris Mancuso is another up and comer in the Sports media world and is a die-hard Boston Bruins fan from the Niagara, Ontario area. What sets this program away from the others I frequently listen too is the way, Chris brings his passion and I don’t give a shit attitude when it comes to his feelings and opinions for his beloved Boston hockey team. He also does an awesome job on post-game Periscope sessions that are currently found on Twitter and very entertaining so give him a follow to get involved.  The reason I highly recommend this show is the details Mancuso gets into dropping a significant amount of knowledge while breaking down the week that was in Bruins nation.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @weekendwrap37

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Something Bruin In PVD Podcast

This is a highly recommended Bruins related podcast if you want to get a better idea of what’s going on in the Boston Bruins minor-pro depths with the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins. This Program hosted by longtime season ticket holders Gary Azera and Steve DaSilva has been on the pod waves for a couple of seasons and is getting better and better with every episode drop into my podcast downloads. The 2019-20 regular season for this particular program has been my favorite thus far with the unbelievable guests these two gentlemen have had appear on the show. From RinkSideRhodeIsland.com founder/reporter Mark Divver to former player Ben Guite and current Providence Players and Bruins prospects Cameron Huges and Trent Frederic, this show has it all when you need info from the lower levels of Bruins development.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @bruininpvdpod

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Brits on Bruins Podcast

Another new Bruins hockey podcast but this one is from another part of the world as the sport of hockey continues to grow. The Brits on Bruins podcast is a production of The Hockey Podcast Network and hosted by Hayden Carpenter and Chris Gadsby. The THPN continues its efforts to bring hockey fans opinions and news covering every National Hockey League team on a weekly basis with most providing multiple shows in that timeframe. These guys definitely know their hockey and the show chemistry with an interesting agenda is well put together in an effort to deliver a quality listening experience.  This is a must-add for podcast junkies like myself.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @BritsonBruins

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Locked on Bruins Podcast

For your daily fix of sports-related content, there’s no better place than the Locked On Podcast Network but keeping the sports limited in this instance, the Locked on Bruins Podcast is a must follow and subscribe for daily news and updates concerning the NHL Boston team. Former The Score writer Ian McLaren is the host and this is the first season behind the mic and he’s been a solid addition to my regular listens. Having daily updates and even hearing the news for the first time on this program immediately gets the wheels turning for a Bruins related article as soon as I get done with my regular 40 workdays. Ian is knowledgable and down to earth with his B’s insight and highly recommend you follow him and subscribe to his program.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @LO_BostonBruins

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Bearly on Topic Podcast

This is a show I’ve had the pleasure of listening to for the past few seasons and is always a good program to hear while passing the time at work. Hosts VA, Geoff Baldwin, and our very own BNG Providence Bruins writer and Black N’ Gold Prospects Podcast host Tim Richardson provide a unique look into this Boston Bruins team for a fun and intelligent conversation a few times a month. When show topics are needed to fill the program’s agenda, these guys certainly put in the time to research but most is acquired from being die-hard B’s fans and from what they witness from the ole eye test. Enjoyable Bruins banter and highly recommend.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @BearlyOnTopic

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Line Changes Podcast

Hosted by Alex and Brad, these two absolute diehard B’s fans have brought there insightful and fun tweets to the pod waves for knowledgeable and yet hilarious views of this Boston Bruins club. This is a new program that started this season and has increasingly gotten better and better after every listen. Definitely a program that once folks seriously pay attention to is going to go in the right direction in popularity. This duo reminds me of Pete Blackburn and DJ Bean on most occasions with their takes about this team and it at an entertaining level. For those who support Bruins related programs of all levels, this is a sweet addition and the two hard-working hosts are trying to get a consistent recording schedule down as they’ve said on previous shows. If these guys could get weekly content out, the sky’s the limit.

Show’s Twitter Account:  @LineChangesPod

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Anyways, thanks for checking out my Boston Bruins related podcasts rankings. The podcast world is growing by the day when it comes to your favorite entertainment and sports genres and hope the Bruins audio content continues to thrive with more Boston hockey shows to add to my regular listens and future favorite show rankings articles. If you’d like to check out our own Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast that I record with co-host Heather Ingerson and Black N’ Gold Prospects Podcast with fellow host Tim Richardson, please take a look at our related programs below.

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NHL Player Media Tour: Bruins Edition

 

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The countdown is on, the new season is thisclose to starting and familiar faces that embody the Boston Bruins team are more than ready to hit the ice with fresh legs. With the NHL European Media Tour under their belt, a few of the Bruins players are currently in Chicago attending the 2019 NHL/NHLPA North American Player Media Tour. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and defenseman Torey Krug are this year’s attendees where they partook in a day filled with photos, videos and interviews:

The annual event takes place before the start of each season and features many players that represent their respected teams. It’s also an opportunity for those participating to be exposed to the national media and offers a chance to meet other elite players. From past events, the best of the best are invited to the Media Tour and this year, two of the Bruins’ best were invited. Both  Krug and Rask are coming off a tough Stanley Cup Series that saw the team fall one-short shy of winning the cup. The loss still resonates with many on the team  and will undoubtedly serve as the push they’ll need this new season. For Torey Krug, (who will be one of the top defenseman in the  market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer) this last season “was big for me and my development and my growth. I feel like I’m just hitting my prime.”

Krug ended his regular season with a career-high of 47 assists in 64 games played. He also garnered 53 points-his second best of his career. Last season he ended with 59 points. Last postseason, the 28-year-old had 18 points with 16 assists and netted two goals during the Playoff run.

32-year-old Tuukka Rask is coming off of having one of his best seasons, even earning top marks in the NHL Network’s Top Players list, coming in at number five on the top goalie rankings. Rask also landed on number 44 on the the top 50 players list. He ended his regular season with a 27-13-5 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage. Postseason, the Bruins goaltender was stellar, boasting an average of .934 saving-percentage with a 2.02 goals-against-average in 24 games.

As NHL Network analyst Darren Pang noted on Rask:

“I think every year he gets better…He seems to be under the heat so often and the criticism comes at him, but I watch Tuukka Rask and [he’s] fundamentally good, his demeanor is calm, he makes glove saves now where he just makes it look easy. Pucks coming into his body and he doesn’t even go down…He’s got really nice patience in the net.”

Much like Krug and the rest of the team, the Game Seven loss still stings a bit. In speaking with WEEI’s Matt Kalman, Rask reflected on last season and looking ahead :

“I don’t think you ever get over that, still getting flashbacks. But you know you got to realize it’s only sports, and it is what it is…I think the mental aspect is the biggest thing, especially if it’s a disappointing loss like that. You have to just kind of unwind and try to forget about hockey as much as you can. But then again you only have two ½, three months until the next season starts and you’ve got to take a month for your body to recover.”

“But I think mentally, it’s just such a grind, hockey season, you know you play 82 games plus 25 possibly, so mentally it’s very draining. And the fresher mentally you can be, the better off you are I think.”

September 12th marks the start of Training Camp and with Rask and Krug going through the media gauntlet  during the Player’s Tour, here’s hoping the trip to the windy city helps them unwind as they return to face the grueling 82-game schedule.

Frederik Andersen vs Tuukka Rask – Game 7’s

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

Throughout the first six games of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals, goaltending has been the main headline across all sports outlets. From the twelve goals scored on Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen in the first two games combined, to Tuukka Rask being pulled in Game Five after allowing four goals on thirteen shots.

As the old story goes, good goaltending is required to win the Stanley Cup. That was evident in the back-to-back Stanley Cups by the Pittsburgh Penguins as much as it was evident for Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Cup run. Rarely do you hear of a playoff story where the number one goaltender on the team gets pulled in a series. Well, for both Andersen and Rask, they have been pulled from the crease and replaced with the backup tender for the remainder of that game.

However, Game Seven is a completely different hockey game altogether. The pressure of elimination with the excitement of advancement into the next round. Do or die. In a goalie’s career, a Game Seven win can boost your confidence for a long time, while a loss can haunt a goalie. Even though hockey is a team sport, the goalies do in fact take some of the blame upon themselves.

Both Tuukka Rask and Frederik Andersen have experience with losing in the seventh game of a series as well as winning. Which goaltender can put the past in the past and lead their team to a second-round matchup?

Frederik Andersen – TOR

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Although Andersen is known today as the starting goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Andersen started his young career with the Anaheim Ducks, where he played 125 games over the course of three seasons. However, the trouble in Anaheim was the surplus of good goalies. The Ducks management was forced to decide on whether or not to keep John Gibson or Frederik Andersen.

This dilemma eventually led to the June 2016 trade that sent Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2016 1st Round Pick (Sam Steel) and a 2017 2nd Round Pick (Maxime Comtois).

Since joining the Leafs, he has yet to play in a Game Seven. During the 2016-17 season, Andersen and the Leafs were eliminated in the Game Six to the Washington Capitals. With that said, Frederik did, in fact, play in two do-or-die games with the Anaheim Ducks.

2013-14 vs Los Angeles Kings

Frederik Andersen was thrown into the Game Seven experience in his very first season in the National Hockey League. Following a six-game victory over the Dallas Stars in the first round, the Ducks were forced to battle Californian rival, the Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

The series was a back and forth one, the first two games went to the Kings, then the next three to the Ducks, until L.A won the sixth game, leading into the ever-exciting Game Seven.

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After the six games ended as one or two-goal games, Andersen would allow six goals on 30 shots, losing the game 6-2 and forced to enter the offseason with a second-round loss.

Even though the loss was heartbreaking, it is the first playoff season for the young Denmark goalie, meaning there are many more years to follow to make up for the defeat.

2014-15 vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Anaheim Ducks continued to play as a dominant team during the 2014-15 regular season. The team battled to a 51-24-7 record, good for first place in the Western Conference and only four points behind the New York Rangers for the top spot in the National Hockey League.

With relative ease, the Ducks would sweep the Winnipeg Jets and knock off the Calgary Flames in five games in round one and two respectively. This would lead into a Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, who were looking to continue the modern-day dynasty that they have built over the previous years.

The series was one of the most entertaining ones throughout that specific season. Three overtime games between the two teams including a triple overtime and a double overtime in the mix as well. While Andersen played solid throughout the series, when it came to the deciding game, Andersen allowed five goals from the stacked Hawks team, losing in the West Final Game 7, 5-3.

As per Matt Kalman, (@MattKalman on Twitter), Andersen is 0-2 in Game Seven outings, with a goals against average of 3.65 and a save percentage of 0.848%.

Tuukka Rask – BOS

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If you play for any Original Six team, it is typical to feel criticism from the fan base. However, Bruins goaltender, Tuukka Rask, seems to get the most talk around him for his play in the crease. If he stands on his head one game, you’ll hear about it. If he has a bad game, you’ll hear it from the other side.

Some of the most criticism that Rask gets from time-to-time, is his struggle to come through in high-pressure situations. While in some cases that may be true, Rask does have a better record in Game Seven appearances than his goaltender counterpart.

2009-10 vs Philadelphia Flyers

For Bruins fans, this one hurt. After leading the team three games to zero in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Boston lost four games in a row following that third game, as the Flyers would finish the ‘reverse sweep’.

First, Boston would lose in overtime, 5-4, followed by a 4-0, 2-1, and 4-3 loss in the final game. Just like Andersen, Rask lost in Game Seven for the first time in his very first playoff season that he was deemed the starter.

Rask would not get the opportunity to play in any game sevens the following year, as that would be the year that Tim Thomas led the Boston Bruins to their 2011 Stanley Cup. However, it would indeed lead into his second experience with a game seven.

2012-13 vs Toronto Maple Leafs

This seems familiar.

When talking about the 2012-13 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it sounds a lot like deja vu to the 2017-2018 playoff round one that we are talking about.

In the 2012-13 postseason, the Bruins started off against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a Game One win, by a score of 4-1. The B’s looked great in that first meeting, but the Leafs would fire back, winning Game Two, heading back to Toronto. In Toronto though, Boston would come out victorious in both meetings, winning 5-2 and 4-3 in overtime.

Things were looking great for the B’s. In a lockout season, they started off with a 3-1 series lead and Tuukka Rask had only allowed ten goals in the four games. Then, it all went south.

Boston lost the next two games, creating a Game Seven matchup in Boston. Toronto exploded for a 4-1 early in the third period and it was looking like the Maple Leafs would complete the comeback that no one thought they could pull off.

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Nathan Horton brought some life back into the team with the second goal, followed by Milan Lucic’s tally with just under two minutes to trail in the final frame. Then, as we all know, Patrice Bergeron would rifle a shot from the point, beating James Reimer and tying the game at four a piece. Not far into the first overtime session, Bergeron would strike for the second time in the game, winning the game and series for the Boston Bruins on home ice.

Boston would follow up with series wins over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins before falling in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks – the same year that Andersen lost to the Hawks in the Western Conference Finals.

Rask would get the win in the game, but all thanks to the surrounding cast, who came back from the 4-1 deficit. Rask did allow the four Toronto goals on the 28 shots he faced within that game.

2013-14 vs Montreal Canadiens

At the same time that Frederik Andersen lost in his first Game Seven, Tuukka Rask would be in a tight series with the bitter-rivals, Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins were the team to beat that season. After a Stanley Cup Finals appearance the year prior and a Presidents Trophy during the past 82-games, the prediction from most analysts was that the Bruins would be back contending again. But, the Canadiens had other plans.

The first game of the series went to double overtime, making the series that much more entertaining from the get go. Unfortunately for Boston, they did not come out with the victory in that game. After falling 2-1 in the series, Boston would fire back and lead the series 3-2.

With two chances to eliminate Montreal, the Bruins would fall short of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a 3-1 loss in Game Seven. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on only 18 shots against. Not all of this series can be blamed on Rask though. The Bruins only scored one goal in Game Six and Seven combined, disappointing Bruins fans everywhere who anticipated another deep playoff run.

Also according to Matt Kalman, Tuukka Rask is 1-2 in the postseason, with a goals against average of 3.63 and a save percentage of .849% in Game Sevens.

Both goaltenders are nearly identical when statistics are brought up, meaning no real statistical benefit will come about. However, both goalies have different experiences that must occasionally play back in their mind from bad and good do or die scenarios. Tonight’s game will be a goaltender battle, just like the other ones. The better goalie will most likely advance to Round Two.