EL SEGUNDO, CA The West Coast trips for NHL teams are often eye-opening experiences for hockey players that have never been to that part of the world, and Bruins mischievous due of Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin took in Beverly Hill and Rodeo Drive on their Friday off-day.
Both were members of the Bruins when they traveled out to Los Angeles last season, of course, and Seguin was actually drafted No. 2 overall at the Staples Center in Los Angeles two years ago.
But theyd never been to the most famous zip code in the United States before this current trip.
Seguin said he did a little bit of clothes shopping in area known for its clothing stores and world famous areas of commerce, and he couldnt help but feel like he was dropped into one of his favorite TV shows.
We did a little bit of shopping and a lot just watching the people around us. Its a whole different world over there, said Seguin, who sounded like he had the full Axel Foley experience in his first time taking in Beverly Hills. The people are all dressed up like theyre straight out of TV show or a movie and there were beautiful women everywhere you looked.
I honestly felt like I was in a scene right out of Entourage. It was a good way to get our minds off hockey for the afternoon, but I was back checking all of the games scores last night when we got back to the hotel.
Seguin, Marchand and the rest of the Bruins were immediately back into business mode for an optional skate at the Toyota Sports Center practice facility home of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday morning. Theyre off the shopping sprees and starlet-watching, and now fully prepared to wrap up their trip to the West Coast with a strong weekend finish against the Kings and the Ducks.
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.
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 team...it’ll come.”
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: