Have you seen Bruins forward Seth Griffith’s goal against the New Jersey Devils Monday night? In just his fourth career goal, Griffith goes behind-the-back and between-the-legs to score and break a 2-2 tie:
We’re already wrapping up our fourth fantasy hockey week if you can believe it. Hopefully by this time, you’ve thrown together some wins and haven’t been bitten by the injury bug too much. Personally, I’m already dealing with Taylor Hall being placed on the IR who I had big hopes for this season. I picked up Filip Forsberg as his replacement, who’s already got 15 points and is a stellar +15. What’s best about him is that he has eligibility in C/LW/RW. Multiple-eligibility players like that become key in a long fantasy season when the injury bug hits. They bring some great production and flexibility to your roster.
If you’re looking for some injury replacements or are ready to drop someone who’s just not performing, here are some speculative adds:
Tanner Pearson – LW
I said in my last fantasy post that I’m not a big fan of Pearson, but he continues to prove me wrong. He already has 7 goals and ten points and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. What’s really fantastic is his +13, which indicates that he’s really been productive and not just fluky. He’s here to stay.
Brock Nelson – C
The #2 Center for the emerging Islanders team already has 14 points, 7 of which came on the powerplay. The team as a whole is benefiting from having legit threats on the blue line in Boychuk and Leddy, so Nelson is a good look if you’re hurting at center.
Steve Downie – LW/RW
A guy we love to hate, Downie is one of the more effective pests in the league and it’s carrying over into fantasy. He already has 54 PIM, with 7 points and LW/RW eligbility to boot. Your league most likely scores penalty minutes, and he’s one of the best players in the league in that category.
The Bruins put together a great character win Thursday night, coming back from behind to defeat the Oilers 5-2. Though it was against lowly Edmonton, it was good to see the team rally and finish strong. The Bergeron-Smith-Marchand line kept rolling, putting up another 4 points and the team is starting to click.
It wasn’t all positive, however. Reports came out Friday that defenseman David Warsofsky is going to miss some time due to injury. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when the club is already playing without Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller, this one hurts.
Chara also addressed the media on Thursday for the first time since his injury. He seemed to be a bit more uncertain about his timetable and the need for surgery than the team originally purported two weeks ago. As I said before, with someone his age and his size, a knee injury is a very fickle thing. The team, however, is 5-1 without their captain.
The shattered and battered defensive corps for the Bruins now looks like this: Continue reading Injury Bug lingers but Bruins keep Rolling »
The Bruins officially announced Sunday morning that they have signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year extension, marking the continuation of a very successful era for the Bruins franchise. Julien is 317-171-65 as he head coach of the Bruins and has established himself as one of the best coaches in the league.
“We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching.”
This is a an obvious move for the team, but it bodes very well for the future of the Bruins going forward. Julien has been a consistently strong coach and has led his team to over 100 points in 4 of the past 6 seasons. We’ve seen him make some brilliant coaching decisions both in the regular season and the playoffs. And of course, during the Stanley Cup run of 2011 he led his underdog team to glory. Continue reading Bruins Sign Coach Claude Julien to Multi-year Extension »
Okay, so maybe that statement isn’t entirely accurate. Something tells me rooting for the Boston Bruins doesn’t exactly fall along the Eightfold Path.
But the Dalai Lama did speak at the TD Garden earlier on Saturday before the Bruins 7 PM game against the Ottawa Senators, and put on a Bruins cap to support the hometown team:
The Bruins lost to the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Tuesday night after they let a 3-1 lead slip through their fingers in the third period. They got goals from Milan Lucic and two from rookie Seth Griffith, but it wasn’t enough to stop an implosive collapse against a dogger Minnesota offense. It was a frustrating loss for the Black and Gold and really epitomized what could go wrong for them without captain Zdeno Chara in the lineup.
According to Weymouth, MA native and Wild forward Charlie Coyle, their game plan was to wear down the Bruins defense. And it worked. They dumped the puck in deep, forcing the Bruins defensemen to skate back and get it, take a hit, and make a decision. It’s exactly the strategy that teams need to execute against the curet B’s roster and other teams around the league are sure to take notice.
The loss was more than just a dip in the standings, however. The Bruins defense, already dwindling, just got a lot thinner. Torey Krug got slashed in the hand on his last shift of the game and will now miss 2-3 weeks while his finger heals. This is very bad news for the Bruins.
The Boston Bruins have a long and storied history as New England’s premiere entry in the National Hockey League. From the glory years of the Bobby Orr era through the current cup-worthy group, the team has satisfied a puck hungry fan base with its brand of exciting, hard-nosed play.
Though their fans are extremely loyal, a drought of Stanley Cup wins running from 1972 into the early 2000s began to try their patience. The team had become mired in mediocrity, and no attempt to bring in fresh personnel or coaching staff seemed to help. Continue reading Boston Bruins: A History and Their Effect on Fans »