Staying fresh: An update on Bruins overseas


Staying fresh: An update on Bruins overseas

Though there might be some good news in CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA this week, an even 10 Bruins players are still skating overseas waiting for the lockout to be over.

The actual count of Bs players overseas is nine with Tyler Seguin back in Boston this week during a two-week break from regular season games for his Swiss EHC Biel hockey club. Seguin finished his first stint with Biel totaling 13 goals and 23 points in 15 games, and racked up four goals in a game last Friday while the home crowd chanted Seguins name amid the offensive outpouring.

Here's an update on the rest of the Bruins overseas:

Zdeno Chara has two goals, seven assists and has a minus-1 rating in 11 games HC Lev Prague in the KHL, but he has been saddled with a lackluster team that lost eight games in a row after bringing the Bs captain on board. Its really not often that you see Chara as a minus player after a double-digit amount of games, but the speed of the Russian hockey league plays away from some of Charas strengths.

Tuukka Rask has bounced back nicely from his tweaked groin and is 6-2 with a 1.85 goals against average and a .936 save percentage for Plzen HC. The Finnish goaltender appears primed and ready for a return to Boston as the starter between the pipes for the Bruins.

Patrice Bergeron has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) and is a plus-15 in eight games for HC Lugano and has returned from an injured hand that kept him out for a few games.

Andrew Ference has three points and is a plus-1 in seven games for Ceske Budejovice HC, and also missed a game with a banged up finger after he took a shot off the hand during game action.

David Krejci has 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in 12 games and is a plus-2 for HC Pardubice. He has been one of the Bs best performers overseas while skating in his home country.

Dennis Seidenberg has four assists and is a plus-5 in 10 games for the Mannheim Eagles while skating in his native Germany. Between Seidenberg, Chara and Ference skating in Europe and Dougie Hamilton playing for the Niagara IceDogs during the lockout, that means four of six projected Bs defensemen should be ready to hit the ground running when the regular season does begin.

Rich Peverley has 2 goals and 11 points in 14 games for JYP in the Finnish League, and is clearly thriving in a European League that focuses on skating speed and high-class offensive skill.

Goaltender Anton Khudobin is 3-6-2 in the KHL for Moscow Oblast-Atlant with a 3.02 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, and has remained healthy while playing in his native Kazakhstan.

In addition to Bostons NHL players overseas, the Bs 2012 second round pick Alex Khokhlachev has two points and is a minus-5 rating in 19 games for Moscow Spartak in the KHL. He is in Canada this week to play with Nail Yakupov for Team Russia in the Subway Super Series in Quebec. Its expected that his old OHL team, the Windsor Spitfires, is going to at least kick the tires on any potential interest Khokhlachev might have in returning to Canada after his struggles in his native Russia.

With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight


With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight

PHILADELPHIA – Things have only gotten worse for the Celtics on the injury front.
Marcus Smart, who replaced an injured Gordon Hayward (left ankle) in the Celtics’ starting lineup, is now unlikely to suit up for tonight’s game against Philadelphia.


Smart, whose left ankle was heavily wrapped prior to Boston’s shoot-around this morning, said he rolled both ankles in the 108-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not made a decision on who would replace Smart in the Celtics’ starting lineup tonight.
“We’ll do some work all day and pre-game and make a final determination,” Stevens said.
More to come …