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Friday, Jan. 6: Blue Jackets' streak ends

Friday, Jan. 6: Blue Jackets' streak ends

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while admitting I enjoyed Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new boss on Celebrity Apprentice.

*Here’s my segment with Bob Stauffer prior to Thursday night’s game against the Oilers discussing the state of the Bruins among other things.

*Congrats to the Pride of Saugus, who is doing enough things for the Union hockey team to get noticed by Sports Illustrated.

*The NHL is looking at putting on some regular season games in China, and doesn’t sound fazed about the KHL getting involved there first.

*Now that it’s over, here’s a look at the 16-game winning streak for the Columbus Blue Jackets by the numbers.

*Troy Terry and top Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy played the role of heroes for Team USA at the World Junior tournament as they took home another championship after a tense overtime and shootout.

*Struggling Zach Parise gets a pep talk from Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau as things continue to roll forward for a very good Wild club.

*Here’s the video produced by the Boston Bruins honoring the recently passed Milt Schmidt prior to Thursday night’s game vs. Edmonton.

*Tough break for the Habs as Brendan Gallagher is going to be out a minimum of two months with hand surgery.

*For something completely different: Sherrod Blakely doesn’t see a deal being made between the Celtics and Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

Bruce Cassidy looking to 'tinker' with Bruins lineup for Game 6

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Bruce Cassidy looking to 'tinker' with Bruins lineup for Game 6

TORONTO – After failing to close out the Maple Leafs on home ice in Game 5 and not getting off to a great start in the game either, Bruce Cassidy may end up making a change to the lineup for Monday night’s Game 6 at the Air Canada Centre. 

Cassidy didn’t really elaborate while speaking to the media after Monday’s morning skate other than to say the coaching staff is “deliberating” over the 12 forwards and six D-men, and that they may “tinker” with the lineup. 

“Right now it looks like everybody is at our disposal [from a health perspective],” said Cassidy, referencing the team’s health entering Monday night’s close-out game for the Bruins. “We’re deliberating. Everybody is healthy, so there won’t be anybody out because of health as far as I’m aware of. But we may tinker with the lineup tonight…yes.”

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The best guess here is that rookie winger Danton Heinen may be coming out of the lineup after going scoreless in the first five games (a minus-1 with just four shots on net) of this playoff series, and that it might be time for another appearance from highly skilled Ryan Donato on the third line. Certainly Donato could add a little bit more of an offensive dimension to the third line and would become an option for Cassidy to insert into the Bruins power play as well. 

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings against the Maple Leafs in Game 6 based on the morning skate:  

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash

Donato-Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-McQuaid

Grzelcyk-Miller

 

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