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Boston Bruins Recap: Despite Win Over Isles The Team Is Still Toast

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Boston Bruins Recap: Despite Win Over Isles The Team Is Still Toast

The Boston Bruins captured a win in what seemed like the most important game of their NHL season as the team beat the New York Islanders to stop their four game losing streak from going to a five game skid.

Going into the game the B’s found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in with the Islanders being the team that was ahead of them in the Wild Card spot, with the win the Boston Bruins moved back into the wild card spot and currently sit a full two points ahead of the Islanders in that spot. Mathematically the B’s have just north of a 60% chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they only sit one point behind the third place Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite the match moving back into Boston’s favor with seven games remaining in their regular season campaign, you can’t help but feel down on the franchise that has missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons and is coming off of a disastrous skid which ended in their star goaltending shitting his pants.

Even if Boston maintains this second wildcard spot it doesn’t mean much because they would have to face the Washington Capitals who are the top team in the Eastern Conference. That is a matchup that even the most optimistic Bruins fan knows they will lose quickly. Now if they can get by Toronto, then maybe, just maybe, there is a chance.

If the B’s sneak back into the third spot in the Atlantic they will then face off with the Ottawa Senators, a team that they are currently 0-3 against in the season series. But with the Black and Gold facing the Sens in the second to last game of the season they have the chance to change all of that momentum. If they can do all of this, which might be a long-shot, you could see this Bruins team make the playoffs and win a round.

But do not get your hopes up as the chances of this happening are slim at this point, especially after last weeks loss against Ottawa and the recent play/injury to goaltender Tuukka Rask.

I think at times like this it is important to remember going into the season many of us thought this Boston Bruins squad would not be playoff team this season given the lack of offseason upgrades and the general feeling of the team. But instead this years team has shown promise, players like David Pastrnak have broken out and rookies like Brandon Carlo have shown great promise. Even the promotion of Bruce Cassidy has shown the team has found a capable man in charge of the team.

With prospects like the Charlie McAvoy’s of the world on the horizon under GM Don Sweeney‘s excellent prospect acquisition skills we might see a young Boston Bruins team who can win a title in the near future. So my fellow Bruins fans, this might not be our season but it has shown promise of a future that looks brighter than it did at the end of last season.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Fantasy Hockey Talk: Two Month Update

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There is snow on the ground and it feels like winter today.  What better time it is to talk Hockey!  More importantly I’m talking about Fantasy Hockey.  It has been a little over two months and things are really starting to ramp up.  There has been some injuries that have come and gone.  But nothing like last year’s Flu outbreak, or whatever that was.  If you have read my previous Fantasy Hockey Blog then you know I am one of those “Die Hard” Fantasy Hockey Fans.  Hey I just love Fantasy, I can’t get enough of it!

So yeah it has been two months and my Fantasy Team is steamrolling the competition.  I’m 8-1 in a Head 2 Head Weekly Points League.  This type of format is common.  What you do is add up the total points you’ve scored every day and at the end of the week if your total points for the week is greater than your opponent, you notch a Win for the week.  Easy, right?  Not so fast you can net negative points, mainly if your Goalie loses.  And players don’t play every single day, so you have figure out who to start when their team is playing.  Yeah it gets challenging but let me tell you the secret to my success.  My Roster, of course!

So yeah everyone on my Roster is playing well and here are some of the big names on my Fantasy Team.  Brad Marchand is tearing it up for me on the the ice.  He is having an unbelievable Season. He has 10 Goals and 12 Assists with 44 Shots on Goal, that’s 62 Fantasy Points for the year.  David Pastrnak is having an even better year than Marchand.  He has 14 Goals and 11 Assists with 76 Shots on Goal, that adds up to 72 Fantasy Points.  That is my top duo and they have been giving my opponents the “old one two.”

At Forward I also have Jonathan Huberdeau 75 Fantasy Points, Brayden Schenn 91 Fantasy Points, Patric Hornqvist 61 Fantasy Points, Vladislav Namestnikov 77 Fantasy Points, and James Neal 62 Fantasy Points.  These are the big play makers on my team.  All of them are having a great year.  If you are playing Fantasy Hockey I suggest you look to mirror my team and pick some of these guys up via trades.  You won’t be disappointed.  I have particularly like the way Nikolaj Ehlers has been playing.  He is my go to at the Utility Position when my starting Roster is stacked.  He has 12 Goals and 10 Assists with 78 Shots on Goal, that is 63 Fantasy Points.  Yeah he is having a career best.  I also like J.T. Miller at Utility.

On Defense I have Victor Hedman 44 Fantasy Points, Colton Parayko 41 Fantasy Points, Alex Goligoski 32 Fantasy Points, Aaron Ekblad 31 Fantasy Points, and lastly I have Johnny Boychuk 20 Fantasy Points.  Suffice to say I rely heavily on my Forwards to net me Points.  I had David Krejci but he has been injured.  I released him immediately, he just wasn’t a good fit for my Fantasy Team.  Marchand was injured briefly but I dodged a bullet as he is back to his usual form after that.  Other than that I really like the way everyone has been playing.  I mean seriously I have a stacked team, its been one of the better years for me, Fantasy wise.  Just look at those numbers!

For Goalies I rotate three of them around.  I have Tuukka Rask who has been my big “Achilles Heal” this year.  He just isn’t playing up to his talent.  He has only 6 Wins with a Save Percentage of .908 and Goals Allowed at 2.52, that has netted -8 Fantasy Points.  Yeah not good, they had to pull him.  Anton Khudobin has played better with 7 Wins and a .922 Save Percentage, that has netted 10 Fantasy Points.  I’m expecting Tuukka to play better the second half of the Season.  I do have Jonathan Quick who has 14 Wins and 27 Fantasy Points on the year.  Lastly I have Brian Elliott who has 9 Wins but has a net points of -15.  Ouch!  If he continues on this dreadful streak of negative points expect me to make some drastic changes.  Picking Goalies is just difficult in Fantasy Hockey.  It always is!

So that’s my Superstar Team, heavily populated by Forward Scoring Machines.  They have carried me so far; into almost Playoff contention.  That I think if you look at them deep down you will discover a good mix of Goal Scoring, Shots on Goal, and Assists.  It’s only been two months but if my Fantasy Team continues to out perform expect an expanded blog.  Maybe a blog each week?  We’ll see!  Oh yeah and “Don’t Poke the Bear.”  Cheers!

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Boston Bruins Consensus: Matt Beleskey Has To Go

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Boston Bruins Round Table: B’s Have Many Tough Decisions To Make As Roster

Nears Full Health

Boston Bruins have struggled to put together a full team and grow chemistry due to injuries. As of late they have nearing a fully healthy roster, now that David Backes, Jake Debrusk, and Anders Bjork are now all back from injury.

The biggest question is will Bruce stick with the kids or send them down and put in the vets. Where the Bruins are right now it looks like Bruce is leaning more towards the kids and was them to develop. Vets are still needed on the roster for guidance. As of today 12/8, the Bruins have moved back into third place in the Atlantic with a few games in hand as well. The kids are the one who has brought them this far so why change now.

What I would like to see the roster look like when fully healthy

Forwards:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

Jake Debrusk-David Krejci-Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen-David Backes-Peter Cehlarik

Ryan SpoonerRiley NashNoel Acciari

Defense:

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Kevan MillerBrandon Carlo

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

The Players To Be Sent Down/Traded

With the roster set, the Bruins will have to either send some guys back to Providence or even trade them. Sean Kuraly and Tim Schaller will most likely be sent down. Frank Vatrano is a bit of a toss-up. The best path for him would (should) be a trade. Vatrnao is a great skater with an unbelievable shot. There has just not been a breakout from him here in Boston. Also, he will have to go through waivers which means that a team will pick him up and the B’s get nothing in return.

The elephant in the room is Matt Beleskey, what happens to him. If he is sent down then that means Boston is paying a guy $3.8 million to play in the AHL. That is not going to happen. The only option is for a trade. This is the hard part due to Beleskey’modifieded no-trade clause.

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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