There was some speculation that the NHL was eventually going to postpone all regular season games, including the Boston Bruins, leading up to New Year’s Day and the Winter Classic due to ongoing COVID issues. That doesn’t appear it’s going to happen league-wide as some NHL teams begin resuming game play this week, but that is going to be the case for a Boston Bruins group still battling a team-wide outbreak.
The NHL announced that Wednesday night’s Boston Bruins game in Ottawa is being postponed as well, marking the sixth game that the B’s will have postponed and due to be made up during the three-week Olympic break in February.
That also means the Boston Bruins will have had essentially a two-week break dating back to their Dec. 16 loss to an undermanned New York Islanders group when they finally suit up against the Buffalo Sabres on the afternoon on New Year’s Day.
“If Ottawa gets canceled, we have a six-day window here to kind of have guys filtering in that we can use like training camp,” said Cassidy. “If Ottawa doesn’t [get postponed], then obviously we’re going up there with part of our lineup and you lose a bit of that ability to work on back to basics every day for three or four days.
“You’d be obviously focusing on Ottawa as early as [Monday] because today was more about get your legs, move and get back on the ice, feel the puck. [On Monday], we’re going to hopefully have a better idea what’s going to happen.”
The Boston Bruins had seven players return from COVID protocol for Monday’s practice and that should be the theme for the rest of this week as they ramp up to some anticipated action on Saturday afternoon.
A belated Merry Christmas to all and we at BHN hope you got everything you wished for during this holiday season.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Charlie Coyle is the latest Boston Bruins player in the league’s COVID protocol as the lingering problem persists with the Black and Gold, and they are getting awfully tired of it. (Boston Hockey Now)
*It’s basically a Colorado Avalanche COVID taxi squad list as five players came off the list on Sunday, but five more Avs players were added to it as well. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*The Red Wings have a game on Wednesday and they have 10 players in the league’s COVID protocol right now. Not ideal at all. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*Looks like the Minnesota Wild will be without Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon for the Winter Classic due to recent injuries. (NBC Sports)
*Nothing like a Jaromir Jagr Christmas. This is a beauty of a hockey tweet if ever there was one.
Merry Christmas to you all. My job as a Santa is finish for this year, so I can concentrate on hockey now. Look out Ovi8 😀 pic.twitter.com/ZnOiZBtCYg
— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) December 25, 2021
*A pretty interesting profile on Jared Keeso, the creator of the Canadian sitcom Letterkenny, as a new season was released on Hulu to start this week. Merry Christmas to Shoresy and all the rest of the crazy characters involved. (The Athletic)
*Boy, New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald must be so proud of his son Casey after his memorable NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres. Cool stuff from a great hockey family.
— House of Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) December 24, 2021
*None other than Stan Fischler believes that the NHL will overcome the COVID pandemic just as they’ve done with all other global challenges since the league has been in existence. (The Hockey News)
*Who are the most indispensable players on each of the 32 NHL teams? It’s certainly an interesting premise. (ESPN.com)
*For something completely different: Absolutely looking forward to season 4 of Cobra Kai on Netflix coming out this month.
I’ve watched #CobraKai Season 4 & it’s another GREAT season featuring big emotional moments paired w/ the series’ best martial arts fights yet. Terry Silver is a terrific villain, but I loved how Daniel’s son is becoming a bigger part of the show, too. Also, the All Valley ROCKS! pic.twitter.com/lUcfax4ZKT
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 27, 2021