New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) at Boston Bruins (4-0-1)
Get your Red Bull and vodkas ready because this is going to be a good one. Both the Bruins and Devils enter tonight's contest having gained a point in each game they've played so far this season. In the past the reigning Eastern Conference Champions have not faired very well against the Black and Gold. The B's have bested New Jersey eight out of their last nine meetings, but that was then and this "new" Devils team has a Prince of Wales Trophy.
As mentioned in last night's Boston/Carolina recap, Dougie Hamilton officially graduated to his big boy pants and will be staying in the 617 ...
If you read my preview today you knew I was rather pessimistic going into tonight's game, it didn't help when two minutes into the game Anton Khudobin got a penalty for sending the puck over the glass. Lucky for the Bruins they play better on the penalty kill and Brad Marchand showed the Hurricanes that last year's four losses were a thing of the past with a short-handed goal. Patrice Bergeron sent the puck out to Zdeno Chara who set up the Honey Badger to draw first blood in what would be a roller coaster of a game.
About three minutes later Big Z's wrister utilized Milan Lucic's screen to put the Black a...
Boston Bruins (3-0-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-0)
As someone who grew up in Connecticut, I would not be a true Hartford Whalers' fan if I didn't start this preview by clarifying the following: THE CAROLINA HURRICANES ARE NOT THE HARTFORD WHALERS! And I don't know any former Whalers' fans who feel that they are...if I had a penny for every time someone asked me if I'm a Canes' fan...well I'd have a lot of pennies to throw at those people.
Okay, now on to this horror show. Hopefully a lot of therapy and medication have helped the Bruins and their fans to forget the atrocious four meetings with the Hurricanes last season. Without relivin...
Don't you call them the Fourth Line...around these parts its Merlot or Energy Line and after tonight the Islanders can see why. Boston's first two goals of the night came from Shawn Thornton (Hamilton, Paille) and Gregory Campbell (Krejci, Kelly)...and after watching their forecheck with Dougie Hamilton I've already coined the phrase "Ham Soup".
Milan Lucic fed the game winner to Zdeno Chara in the third and Patrice Bergeron just couldn't resist a pass from Hamilton to seal the deal. It wasn't pretty folks, but if we remember anything about the 2010-2011 Bruins, we know they didn't always look the part, but th...
The Islanders will make the second stop on their road trip when they take the ice in Boston to play the 2-0-1 Bruins.
No rest for the weary in Beantown. Islanders are fresh off of the first road contest of the year and they are riding high off of a 7 goal barrage in Toronto. Led by the scoring Michael Grabner and Matt Moulson, the Islanders stormed back from a 3-1 deficit on Thursday night.
They ride that momentum into tonight where they look to build on the confidence from last night. The Islanders are facing a steep challenge in the well rounded Bruins who will be well rested. Interestingly enough, the Islanders will have a side story to this already intriguing road trip.
New York Islanders (2-1-0) at Boston Bruins (2-0-1)
Apologies all around as my lack of technical prowess prevented my Rangers Bruins recap from posting...the B's seemed to have similar technical issues and didn't even show up for the first period, despite full hustle and power in the second and third, so we'll both take a Mulligan this week. Most importantly the Bruins still remain without a regulation loss and like the last girl at the bar on a Saturday night...we'll take it.
This will be the first of three meetings of for Boston and the Islanders, it's easy to just dismiss (the "other") New York because after all...they are the Islanders...but n...
Revenge is a dish best served cold and that is exactly what the winless New York Rangers would like to do on this frigid day in Manhattan.
After practice on Tuesday, both Tyler Seguin and Coach Claude Julien said they'll "expect the best" from the Rangers as they are hungry for their first win of the season.
Perhaps the Rangers themselves should be taking their uncharacteristic back-to-back losses just as seriously. Marc Staal and Brad Richards, alternate captains for the blue sweaters, both commented Tuesday that its too soon to panic, only two games in, nothing to worry about...hmmm perhaps som...
Brutal. I'm not really sure which team is the real Boston Bruins, the team that out played the Rangers Saturday night, or the sloppy whiffers who barely squeezed out two points against the Winnipeg Jets this afternoon.
For their own sake, let's hope the Saturday night guys are the ones who make the trip to Manhattan on Wednesday.
Dennis Seidenberg was a late scratch, he's day to day with a lower body injury. Aaron Johnson, new in town on a one year two-way, got his chance to earn a spot in Boston, and he made quite the first impression.
The eight year NHL veteran came out strong and phys...
For those Boston sports fans waking up this morning to the horror of their beloved Patriots handing their tickets to New Orleans over to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game last night...I come bearing good news.
The Bruins host the Winnipeg Jets in today's MLK Day matinee game. Okay so no one is a huge fan of matinee games...too early, too many kids, too many grumpy parents not drinking because of kids...the list goes on, but at the risk of sounding like Dan Shaughnessy, this might as well be a "gimme" for the black and gold.
The Good News:
This is the first of three meetings for the Jets and Bruins, last season the two split their 4 games, with t...
The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line.
Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell.
Here are my Eastern Conference power rankings.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins – A healthyEvgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will lead Pittsburgh deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The addition of veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun gives Coach Dan Bylsma a solid option if Marc-Andre Fleury falters.