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BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the second period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a 1-1 tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Tim Thomas has played all four games against the Carolina Hurricanes this season and hes stopped 99 out of 105 shots against the Canes in a season-long performance that has to have them shaking their heads. Thats a .943 save percentage right in line with his season totals.2)A tough turn of events in the second period that led to the Carolina goal for Jamie McBain. The Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronMark Recchi line was at the end of a shift after a prolonged offensive cycle, and the Carolina forwards beat them up the ice as Recchi lagged a bit behind the play. A shot bounced off the sticks of both Patrice Bergeron and Steve Kampfer, and past Thomas as he could only watch. A combination of catching a Bs line at the end of their shift and a few puck luck bounces.3)No shots and no hits for Milan Lucic. Needs to get more involved and stronger on the puck in the third period after not doing much besides the fight.4)Good to see Daniel Paille get his first goal of the season after being a pretty solid soldier all season long for the Bruins through healthy scratches and sporadic playing time. His first goal in 25 games dating back to April of last season.5)Pretty chippy game for both teams, and you can feel the intensity being raised a little bit in their first game after the All-Star break. Teams are going to come at the Bruins with everything they have.

Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

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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

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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.

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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 team...it’ll come.”

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

Heinen-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Cehlarik

Vatrano-Spooner-Nash/Szwarz

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari

Beleskey-Marchand-Backes

 
Chara-McAvoy

O’Gara/Postma-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Miller

 
Rask

Khudobin