There’s obviously a stress on the Boston Bruins when considering perspectives for everything around the NHL through the prism of a Boston reader, or writer for that matter. But there’s a whole other perspective out there at all times, and this week there’s two different storylines going on: The Bruins are off for the next few days going through another round of COVID-19 postponements and the New Jersey Devils are on the other site just trying to get back to normal.
So they are shuffling up their forwards giving the B’s lineup some different looks, and healing up all at the same time.
The Bruins and Devils had their Tuesday night game at TD Garden postponed, but the Thursday tilt at the Garden is still scheduled to be played as the Devils slowly make their way back to undergoing hockey activities after last week’s COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, the Devils practiced on Monday for the first time in more than a week, and they are scheduled to get back to work against the New York Rangers on Tuesday before heading to Boston.
“We’re looking at this as the start of the season again,” said Devils head coach Lindy Ruff to The Athletic. “We were playing well, playing hard, and then we got hit pretty hard (by the virus), so it’s just been waiting for players to become available. This affected a lot of players differently and I don’t think any player is in the same category.”
Hopefully, the Devils won’t have any more COVID-19 issues and they don’t pass anything on to a Boston Bruins that somehow hasn’t had a single issue since training camp despite playing in an East Division where there have been all kinds of problems. Instead, they’ve just had a handful of games get postponed that are going to make the NHL schedule even more challenging and problematic moving forward this year.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kate Strang about the absolute disaster of an organization that the Arizona Coyotes have been: A “shitshow” as one source called it, and I’m sure that’s being kind. (The Athletic)
*What’s going to end up happening with Marc-Andre Fleury and could he possibly end up back with the Pittsburgh Penguins? (The Athletic)
*Speaking of the Flower, our friends in Vegas ask if he is one of the leading candidates for the Vezina Trophy right now at the quarter mark of the season? (Vegas Hockey Now)
*A belated Happy Birthday to the man, the myth and the mullet, Jaromir Jagr.
766 goals 🚨
1,155 assists 🍎
1,921 points 🔥
1 unreal mullet. 🥬
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) February 16, 2021
*Hall of Famer Ken Dryden says that the NHL has a gigantic goalie problem with the physical size of goaltenders essentially wearing a massive suit of armor on the ice. (The Atlantic)
*It continues to be a very weird optic from a Boston Bruins perspective with Zdeno Chara and the Washington Capitals, as Big Zee is the cover boy on this month’s issue of the Hockey News.
We wanted to go BIG for the cover of the 2021 Diversity issue of The Hockey News…
Thanks for the help, Big Z!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 16, 2021
*For something completely different: We can never have enough 1980’s movie nostalgia like this updated Gremlins commercial for Mountain Dew. (Screen Rant)