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Matt Kalman
December 17, 2018 - 11:15 pm
Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is often compared to Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty. A handful more performances by McAvoy similar to what he produced during a 4-0 win at Montreal on Monday and people may start comparing the Kings’ defenseman to McAvoy. It took McAvoy just five seconds to throw the...
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Matt Kalman
December 17, 2018 - 1:03 pm
Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter keeps creeping into trade rumors involving the Bruins. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman brought up a Boston-Carter possibility during last week’s edition of the 31 Thoughts podcast. There’s no doubt that even after Patrice Bergeron returns from his ribs/collarbone...
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Matt Kalman
December 14, 2018 - 10:16 pm
Coach Bruce Cassidy has had to juggle his forward lines for most of the season because of injuries, ineffectiveness and occasional call-ups from Providence. The Bruins' fourth line has been in as much flux as the other three trios, but Cassidy might’ve found the right combination despite Boston’s 5...
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Matt Kalman
December 13, 2018 - 3:49 pm
Patrice Bergeron has resumed skating but he’s not close to returning to the Bruins’ lineup for a practice, let alone a game. So the Bruins head into Pittsburgh for Friday night’s game with David Krejci centering their No. 1 line and a lot of question marks down the middle the rest of the way down...
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Erin Walsh
December 13, 2018 - 11:28 am
It wasn’t long ago that the Bruins drafted Jack Studnicka in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and predicted bigger and better things for him. After making a strong impression at two Bruins development camps and NHL training camps, Studnicka is lighting up the major junior...
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Erin Walsh
December 13, 2018 - 9:39 am
The “College Hockey Line" as many are calling it, seemed to collectively find its game over the past week. Ryan Donato (Harvard), Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Boston University), and Danton Heinen (University of Denver) are currently playing on Boston’s third line. Over the past three games, the trio...
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Matt Kalman
December 12, 2018 - 2:45 pm
Rumors about the Bruins’ interest in Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle surfaced a couple weeks ago in The Athletic. Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday went on TSN’s Insider Trading segment to again say that the Bruins have “kicked the tires” on acquiring the 26-year-old Weymouth, Massachusetts native...
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Matt Kalman
December 12, 2018 - 12:15 am
Bruins forward David Backes must walk under a ladder on his way into the arena, or perhaps the animal lover has a pack of black cats he crosses paths with on his way to the game. Over his three seasons it seems Backes has had everything possible happen to him. He had a bout of diverticulitis, a...
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Matt Kalman
December 11, 2018 - 1:29 pm
Bruins forward Chris Wagner has had his nose busted a couple times this season already, and it’s just Dec. 11. But Wagner hasn’t suffered any breaks in his nose, so he’s quick to point at Sean Kuraly with sympathy for what his linemate is going through. Kuraly broke a couple bones in his nose as a...
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Matt Kalman
December 09, 2018 - 10:26 pm
When the Bruins need a jolt they turn to the player who most resembles a tiny bottle of 5-Hour Energy. Coming of an exhausting 6-3 home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the Bruins had to fly up to Ottawa for a 5 p.m. start and it was evident they didn’t have their legs at the outset...
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