The Boston Bruins were right smack dab in the middle of this weekend’s significant alterations to the East Division’s regular season schedule based on postponements with both the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres forced to shutter things temporarily due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Bruins had four regular season games changed as a result of two games postponed in the next few days that were originally scheduled for Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 TD Garden against the Sabres:
Game #529, NY Islanders at Boston, originally scheduled for March 27, is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET
*Game #179, Buffalo at Boston, originally scheduled for Feb. 6, is now scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 1 p.m. ET
*Game #195, Buffalo at Boston, originally scheduled for Feb. 8, is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ET
*Game #665, NY Islanders at Boston, originally scheduled for April 13, is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. ET
As a result, the Bruins won’t play a game at TD Garden again until Feb. 15 and will go through a stretch in April where they will play a whopping seven games in 11 days due to a couple of the rescheduled games. That’s a lot of hockey in a short period of time, but it’s something the Bruins knew was coming once their upcoming games against the Sabres were postponed.
“The schedule’s going to get tougher the later we go,” said Marchand. “Especially the games that we missed and we have to make up, it’s going to make it even harder. So, the next few days are going to be big and to recover and recoup any kind of nagging injuries and spend some time at home and get away from the rink a bit.”
With the Bruins now idle for the weekend aside from an optional practice on Saturday morning, here are the rest of the day’s puck links:
*Great piece from Steve Simmons about John and Bernie Saunders, a couple of pioneers in the hockey world in both sports broadcasting and in hockey. (Toronto Sun)
*The Battle of Alberta is back and, really, we couldn’t be happier about it. (Sportsnet)
*Here are the Grades for the Golden Knights win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night, courtesy of our friends out in Vegas. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*Jordan Binnington looks pretty darn good in the red reverse retro jersey for the St. Louis Blues.
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) February 5, 2021
*Despite a great start for the Boston Bruins that has them atop the East Division, Brad Marchand says they “aren’t satisfied” one month into the season. That’s the spirit. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Speaking of last night’s Boston Bruins game, there was plenty of fun to be had when it was standing room only in the penalty box. (BarDown)
*Good piece on Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, who will be bringing his family back from Boston (and the Junior Eagles) to Western Canada so he can get involved in coaching a U-15 team in Kelowna that one of his sons will be involved in. (Sportsnet)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington provides his latest NHL Power Rankings with a little hockey club called the Boston Bruins at the top of the list. (Buffalo News)
*For something completely different: This idea of Jimmy Woo being part of an MCU X-Files series on Disney+ is pretty great. I’d watch. (Screen Rant)