The Boston Bruins will finish off their second five-day layoff today before heading to Philadelphia tomorrow to play the Flyers for the second time this season. When they take to the ice Saturday night in Philly, the Bruins will have only played 13 games, the least of the league’s 32 teams.
There’s no doubt that two five-day breaks and one six have made it hard for the Bruins to get into a groove just over a month into the season but as I tweeted this morning, at what point do the Bruins, their fans, and some local media stop whining about it. The Colorado Avalanche will play just their 14th game Friday night and the New York Islanders will play just their first home game tomorrow night as they open up their new digs, UBS Arena. I don’t see Isles and Av’s players, fans, and media complaining nearly as much as they do here in Boston.
The schedule stinks for everyone and I’m guaranteeing that the same people whining about the spread-out schedule now, will be the same ones searching for the cheese to complement more whine when the Boston Bruins play almost every other day in April and May.
I get the frustration over the #NHLBruins schedule but other teams dealing with it too. I'm sure the same people whining over the B's not playing enough so far, will do the same when they play every other day in the spring. Have some cheese with your whine and move on already! https://t.co/1K91FXJPx2
— MurphysLaw74 (@MurphysLaw74) November 19, 2021
That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!
My partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty, looks at the scheduling debacle for the B’s and wonders who in the Boston Bruins organization signed off on it? (BHN)
Speaking of Haggs, on Thursday he pondered on whether or not the sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Fenway Sports Group could pave the way for the vaunted Hockey Canada line of Brad Marchand-Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron could finish their careers together in Boston? I gotta say, the amount of Boston Bruins fans that poo-pooed the idea of the Bruins acquiring Crosby in a trade is comical! Take off your black and gold glasses folks; Crosby is one of the top 5 players ever and is still playing high-end hockey. (BHN)
National Hockey Now
One more sleep until the Islanders play their first game ever at the beautiful UBS Arena! (NYI Hockey Now)
Was the 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday the best game of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Is Washington Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov finally finding his game? (Washington Hockey Now)
Former Boston College and Florida Panthers goalie Spencer Knight rebounded from a rough start against the New Jersey Devils last week and shut the Devils down Thursday. (Florida Hockey Now)
Former Detroit Red Wings star forward Sergei Fedorov is dogging it these days. …but in a good way! (Detroit Hockey Now)
So far, the grass has not been greener in Seattle for former Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer. (Colorado Hockey Now)
It was a cloudy win for the Vegas Golden Knights over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night. (Vegas Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks have been one of this season’s brightest surprises but they got caught resting on their laurels in an ugly loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Calgary Flames finally caught fire in Buffalo on what has been a dismal road trip. (Calgary Hockey Now)
So what is the real story about Vancouver Canucks defenseman Travis Hamonic’s vaccination status? Will we ever know? (Vancouver Hockey Now)
Should Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell get early Hart Trophy consideration? He’s definitely been the MVP for the Leafs so far. (Toronto Hockey Now)
It just keeps getting worse for the Montreal Canadiens. (Montreal Hockey Now)
CONNOR MCDAVID. Nuff said!
HE DID IT AGAIN. 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/9GC4d48XZx
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2021