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NHL odds: Bruins fall behind two teams in post-trade deadline Stanley Cup odds

NHL odds: Bruins fall behind two teams in post-trade deadline Stanley Cup odds

The Boston Bruins were surrounded by trade rumors ahead of the 2020 NHL trade deadline. But in the end, they only made a couple of moves.

The team traded with the Anaheim Ducks twice. The first time, they acquired winger Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes' contract, prospect Axel Andersson, and a 2020 first-round pick.

In the second trade, the Bruins swapped Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie, brother of the Bruins' failed free-agent signing from the 2019 offseason, Brett Ritchie.

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Overall, these deals should have an impact on the Bruins, as getting some scoring and physicality should benefit them. However, their odds to win the Stanley Cup have not changed much at all in wake of these moves.

Last time we checked in with the Bruins, they were +750 to win the cup. Now, they clock in at +700, the third-best odds according to Jeff Sherman of SuperBook USA.

It's also worth noting that the Bruins had the same odds on the morning of the trade deadline, according to Sherman.

So what does this mean? Essentially, the Heinen-Ritchie trade doesn't hurt nor help the Bruins in the eyes of oddsmakers. Of course, it's also worth noting that no teams aside from the Vegas Golden Knights or Dallas Stars saw their odds change from morning until night, so perhaps a change will be coming in the next few days.

For the time being, the Bruins are still one of the Stanley Cup favorites. But they're still behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and given that the Lightning are red-hot and added Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow ahead of the deadline, the Bruins may continue to trail them in this category for the rest of the season.

That said, the Bruins are a good value at +700 considering that they continue to lead the NHL in points. But getting the St. Louis Blues at +1000 may be the best value out there. The defending champs are on a four-game winning streak and have one of the most balanced teams in the Western Conference.

Bruins' Zdeno Chara spills the tea on Tuukka Rask's 'awful' farting issue

Bruins' Zdeno Chara spills the tea on Tuukka Rask's 'awful' farting issue

Zdeno Chara was probably not the Vegas favorite to give the funniest and most entertaining answer of an Atlantic Division Zoom conference call with NHL reporters, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday afternoon.

Chara, Dylan Larkin, John Tavares and Brady Tkachuk answered questions online for 30-plus minutes and the Bruins captain saved his best material when asked which teammate he’d least like to be quarantined with.

His choice was Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and the reasons behind it were pungently amazing.

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Apparently, Rask has an issue in the fart department and it’s chronic enough that his longtime Bruins teammate would not want to be anywhere near him for the stinky aftermath of his beloved chicken wings.

“I have to say Tuukka Rask. The way he farts? The smell is awful,” said Chara. “He likes his chicken wings. And after the chicken wings I’ve had to sit behind him on the bus. I’ve got to tell you. I’ve got to control myself sometimes.” 

How this farting issue remained a well-kept secret within the Bruins locker room over the years is nothing short of amazing. 

Rask has been a regular at Buff’s Pub in Newton over the years while living in the suburban city, so none of this should be surprising information when it comes to Boston’s No. 1 goaltender.

On the other end of the spectrum, Chara singled out Charlie Coyle and Kevan Miller as teammates he enjoys spending time with and guys he wouldn’t mind being quarantined with if he had his choice.

On a more serious note, Chara, who mentioned during the call that he drove to Florida a couple of weeks ago with his family to live in their gated community property, mentioned several times that hockey is secondary right now while the entire world is going through the “strange times” of a global coronavirus outbreak, and thanked the medical personnel, first responders and food delivery people who continue to do their duty under very dangerous, trying conditions. 

Bruins' David Pastrnak gets wistful in tweet about missing hockey

Bruins' David Pastrnak gets wistful in tweet about missing hockey

There’s no doubt it’s hurting hockey fans to not have the NHL as a welcome distraction from the global coronavirus pandemic currently ripping through North America.

But there’s also little question it pains those involved in the NHL even more to not have hockey at a time of year when teams are finishing up the regular season, and gearing up for the best time of year in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bruins hotshot right wing David Pastrnak sent out a tweet over the weekend that was simple and short with its actual words, but truly conveyed exactly the kind of heartbroken emptiness that the 23-year-old is feeling while house-bound amidst what was the best season of his excellent NHL career.

“Haven’t done the thing for a while…” wrote a wistful Pastrnak without any need to elaborate that he was talking about playing hockey and scoring goals.

For young, single NHL players like the happy, go-lucky Pastrnak this period of time has to be particularly difficult with no immediate family to keep their minds off just how much they are missing hockey in their lives.

Pastrnak was approaching both 50 goals and 100 points for the first time in his NHL career (48 goals and 95 points in 70 games) and was destined to be a Hart Trophy finalist when the NHL regular season was suspended nearly three weeks ago. It feels like hoping for more regular season games is more fantasy than reality at this point, but hockey players like Pastrnak are still clinging to the hope that there will still be some kind of hockey playoffs when some sense of normalcy hopefully returns months from now.

The good news is that guys like Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk are doing something good with their downtime as they played on a Fortnite tournament over the weekend to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Fund for the WHO (World Health Organization).

NHL players are still currently in quarantine after a handful of them tested positive for the coronavirus over the last week, most notably in Colorado and Ottawa, but at least the league is beginning to host video conference calls between players and the media to make certain that fans can still keep an eye on what their favorite players are up to these days.