Bruins looking to avoid the SI Jinx


Bruins looking to avoid the SI Jinx

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
The game of ice hockey and the Boston Bruins have certainly captivated the local media scene, but theyre also a national story since winning the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks in a highly entertaining seven-game series last June.

With the NHL season set to begin this week the Bruins graced the New England and Canadian regional covers of Sports Illustrateds Oct. 10, 2011 issue for the first time since Gerry Cheevers, Brad Park and the Big Bad Bruins last ended up on the SI cover back on May 9, 1977.

Tim Thomas stands as the SI cover boy on the front with a photo of the Bs All-Everything goaltender stretching out in front of his net, and the Black and Gold hope theyre not the latest Boston sports icons to fall victim to the infamous Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

Just recently in New England sports history Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury within weeks of gracing the cover during the 2008-09 season, Nomar Garciaparras baseball career started taking a serious nose dive after he posed shirtless for the magazine in 2001, Vince Wilfork made the SI cover in the days leading up to New Englands stunning playoff loss to the New York Jets in the 2011 NFL playoffs, and Dustin Pedroias place on the cover SI with the story of Muddy Chicken preceded the worst regular season collapse in Major League Baseball history for the Red Sox.

Theres a tough track record in Boston, but the Bruins are getting ready to prove theyre not going to acquire the same SI curse thats bedeviled the Patriots and Red Sox franchises.

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Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks


Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.

*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.

*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.

*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.  

*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.  

*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?

*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils


Marchand, Krug and Backes all practice, won't play vs. Devils

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.


If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.  

The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.

“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the’ll come.”

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: