The show goes on for the Bruins as they went through the motions in a Thursday morning skate prior to a matchup against a Florida Panthers team that has played excellent hockey this season.
The Panthers actually stand right behind the Bs in the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference with 34 points this season, and will be a stern wakeup call to a sleepy Black and Gold bunch coming off a two-game road trip.
It was a tough loss in Winnipeg. Everybody in here has gotten used to winning. None of us like losing. Its a good team, and its a good challenge tonight coming off a loss because these guys have been rolling pretty good, said Shawn Thornton. Theyre a similar team to us. I know both of those coaches Kevin Dineen and Craig Ramsay really well, so its not going to be an easy game.
Tim Thomas is expected to get the start for the Bruins as he goes for his 11th straight victory and the lineup should be what it was prior to the loss to Winnipeg. Tyler Seguin will be back in after his one-game benching and everything else should stay exactly the same.
The projected lines:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week.
Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.