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The Boston Bruins are in the midst of another long layoff between games but while that may be frustrating for a team searching for some rhythm, it’s allowing a key player to heal an injury.

The Fenway Sports Group is expanding into the NHL.

The New York Islanders are finally heading home after the longest road trip in franchise history.

That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links:

Boston Bruins

While the Boston Bruins would like to be playing more hockey instead of being stuck in another five-day layoff, this latest break from game action appears to be lining up well for Craig Smith to return to the lineup Saturday night against the Flyers in Philadelphia. (BHN)

Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly also found himself out of the lineup for the last two games but as a healthy scratch. Could he draw back into the lineup this weekend too? (BHN)

The Fenway Sports Group, which already owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC, is expanding into the NHL and purchasing majority ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (BHN)

National Hockey Now

Something tells me after another lackluster loss to the Florida Panthers Tuesday, the New York Islanders were cranking some Motley Crue on the plane ride home last night. The Isles will finally play a home game Saturday in their first game ever at UBS Arena. (NYI Hockey Now)

How will the change in Penguins ownership affect the futures of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Speaking of that Panthers-Islanders game Tuesday night, Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe snapped out of a scoring slump to help lead the Cats to a 6-1 win. (Florida Hockey Now)

Apparently former Boston Bruins winger and two-time Stanley Cup champion (with the Detroit Red Wings), is still tough as nails! (Detroit Hockey Now)

 

Welcome to the National Hockey Now team, Kelsey Hammond! (Colorado Hockey Now)

Don’t get me wrong, I love Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner and his passion to help increase mental health awareness, but does he want some cheese with that postgame whine Tuesday night? (Vegas Hockey Now)

San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier is one of the best-underreported stories of this young NHL season and that’s why you should subscribe to San Jose Hockey Now! (San Jose Hockey Now)

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs actually a balanced team now? (Toronto Hockey Now)

Former Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau provided hope in another loss for the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night. (Montreal Hockey Now)

NHL

What does the Ottawa Senators COVID outbreak and pause mean for the NHL and the Olympics? (TSN)

Speaking of the Sens COVID issues, the players are dumbfounded by how fast it spread through their team. (TSN)

Pierre-Luc Dubois continues to realize his potential this season and that’s why the Winnipeg Jets are on a roll. (Sportsnet)

Finally, how great was this moment last night when Kevin Hayes scored in his season debut and looked to his late brother, Jimmy, in heaven?

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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