Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while excited that hockey season is finally underway.
*So, some dude named Flip thinks the Bruins aren’t going to make the playoffs this season and calls Tuukka Rask injury-plagued. Three strikes and you’re out, buddy. Rask may have had his health issues over the last few years, but he’s also averaged 66 games played over the past three years. There aren’t many other goalies in the NHL that can say that. There might be one or two, so calling him “injury-plagued” is totally inaccurate.
*A Q&A with Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette about a range of subjects including the Olympics and Nashville’s run to the Cup Final.
*PHT writer Joel Alfieri asks if the Vegas Golden Knights are going to be the worst team in the NHL this upcoming season. My vote would be a solid “No” on that one because Marc-Andre Fleury is pretty good, and they should have the ultimate home ice advantage vs. NHL teams visiting Vegas on a road trip.
*Puck Daddy was Washington Capitals troublemaker Tom Wilson enjoying the way he got under the collective skin of everybody in Toronto after last spring’s playoff series.
*PK Subban again shows that he’s never going to forget the city of Montreal or the Children’s Hospital where he pledged to raise $10 million for them.
*For something completely different: This George Miller "Justice League" movie that might have happened ten years ago sounds like it would have been a freaking disaster.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: