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Morning Skate: A last look at the 2017-18 Bruins

Morning Skate: A last look at the 2017-18 Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enduring the first weekend without Bruins hockey. I hope you all enjoyed this season’s ride with the Black and Gold as much as I did.  

*It’s the official end of the Bruins season as I sat in for the final edition of The 98.5 Hockey Show on Saturday morning to discuss the end of all things Black and Gold with last weekend’s playoff loss.

*Lou Lamoriello is becoming a real target for the New York Islanders to run their organization, and that is bad news for Garth Snow.

*The New Jersey Devils are expecting strong returns for Taylor Hall and Cory Schneider next season, and really there’s no reason not to put after the team put themselves back on the map this season.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Darren Dreger sits down with Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly for a Café Dreger interview.

*Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Brian Dumoulin is leaving no doubt about his credentials as a top pairing NHL defenseman.

*Ranking the priorities for the Maple Leafs and newly minted GM Kyle Dubas as they go about improving their hockey club.

*For something completely different: Should Drake be the coach of the Toronto Raptors? Is what we’ve come to where this is even remotely mentioned?



Morning Skate: Why should missed games disqualify Bergeron from Selke?

Morning Skate: Why should missed games disqualify Bergeron from Selke?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while it was once again snow-flurrying in Toronto this morning on freakin’ April 19. That is obscene.  

*I’ll admit it. I don’t get why some people think Patrice Bergeron should have been pulled from Selke Trophy consideration based on missing 18 games with an injury. Do the missed games mean he wasn’t the NHL’s best defensive forward in the other 64 games? The fancy stats say otherwise, his face-off stats say otherwise, his goal production and plus/minus obviously say otherwise, so this was no reputation vote for No. 37 and his seventh straight Selke nomination. He may cede the actual award to Anze Kopitar based on the games missed, but I’m sorry if you think that William Karlsson (fourth on his own team in D-zone face-offs taken), Mikko Koivu (won slightly more than half of his draws and was a plus-9 for the season), or Aleksander Barkov (again finished just a plus-9 on the season) was a better defensive forward than Bergeron this season. They absolutely were not.  

*Nice gesture from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis toward the little girl looking for a puck from Brett Connolly, whose video went viral after it happened. Her family will be getting the owner’s seats up against the glass in the next playoff game for the Caps.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz has Martin Jones entering elite goalie territory after backstopping the Sharks to a sweep of the Ducks.

*Props to David Puddy, a.k.a. Patrick Warburton, for convincing his actor alter ego to show up for the Devils/Lightning game to root for New Jersey on Wednesday night. The "D" painted on his chest was a nice touch.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski gets a lot of mileage out of a Bon Jovi theme for the Mitch Marner/Auston Matthews twosome in Toronto. I think he nails the personality on Matthews in this long read, and obviously their talent as well.

*For something completely different: I’m glad to see that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are getting on with their lives after the divorce. I thought those crazy kids were going to make it.



NHL releases alternate Bruins first-round playoff schedules

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NHL releases alternate Bruins first-round playoff schedules

BOSTON – The NHL has mercifully released alternate playoff schedules dependent solely on whether the Bruins win or lose their Sunday regular season finale against the Florida Panthers, and thereby either claim the Eastern Conference’s top seed or finish in second place within the Atlantic Division. 

If the Bruins win in any fashion, they lock up home ice throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs and they host the wild card New Jersey Devils for a best-of-seven series that begins on Thursday night at TD Garden. 

If the Bruins lose then they host the third place Toronto Maple Leafs in a series that would also begin on Thursday night at TD Garden. The biggest difference in the two schedules is that the Bruins would get two off-days between Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, as opposed to the one off-day in New Jersey, and the rest of the series would go off a day later than it would against the Devils. 


Game 5 at TD Garden against Toronto would most certainly be a Hockey Night in Canada game, and could have potentially been one of the reasons that they stretched things out in Toronto in the middle of the series.

Either way these are the two schedules for Bruins fans to begin making plans for what they’ll be doing while watching Stanley Cup playoff hockey with the Black and Gold over the next few weeks:  


Thursday, April 12, 7pm: Devils @ Bruins

Saturday, April 14, 3pm: Devils @ Bruins

Monday, April 16, 7:30pm: Bruins @ Devils

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm: Bruins @ Devils

*Friday, April 20, TBD: Devils @ Bruins

*Sunday, April 22, TBD: Bruins @ Devils

*Tuesday, April 24, TBD: Devils @ Bruins



Thursday, April 12, 7pm: Maple Leafs @ Bruins

Saturday, April 14, 8pm: Maple Leafs @ Bruins

Monday, April 16, 7pm: Bruins @ Maple Leafs

Thursday, April 19, 7pm: Bruins @ Maple Leafs

*Saturday, April 21, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Bruins

*Monday, April 23, TBD: Bruins @ Maple Leafs

*Wednesday, April 25, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Bruins