Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators


Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Senators by a 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play at Scotiabank Place.

1) After missing a few scattered morning skates and practices over the last couple of days Shawn Thornton is scratched with the flu-like symptoms that have been nagging at him. It's hard to believe the flu would cause Thornton to miss such an important divisional game, so one has to wonder if it's more than that. As previously stated at this address, Thornton took some heavy shots during a fight with Minnesota's Matt Kassian last weekend. Thornton has had the flu ever since that game.

2) Erik Karlsson is one damned good offensive defenseman, but he's also a liability in his own end. He showed the offensive prowess on his goal and the defensive weakness when he couldn't clear the puck on Patrice Bergeron's goal.

3) One has to wonder how this Craig Anderson freak hand is going to affect Ottawa's playoff surge. Alex Auld is what he is, but he looked reasonably sharp in the first period.

4) Best chances and Boston's two goals came from the BergeronMarchandSeguin line on a Chara rebound collected in front by No. 37. Bergeron's goal was huge as a response to Ottawa's early score.

5) Joe Corvo played in Ottawa. No reflection on his play tonight, do you know Corvo's nickname in Ottawa? "Uh-Oh" Corvo. Yeah, that's pretty good.


KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place.

1) The Bruins were looking for an offensive spark from rookie Carter Camper and that's exactly what they got in the second period. Camper pounced all over a rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot for a big insurance goal.

2) Potentially costly penalty for Milan Lucic needlessly bumping Sergei Gonchar on an icing. No reason for that up two goals.

3) Craig Anderson's absence already hurting the Sens between the pipes. Camper goal shouldn't have happened.

4) Impressive B's effort in second night of back-to-back games where Buffalo took them to the shootout. They're simply out-skating Ottawa right now.

5) Another solid effort for Tim Thomas vs Ottawa. He simply owns them.

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men


Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: