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Boston Bruins Have Three Prospects In The NCAA Frozen Four Tournament

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Bruins Prospects in the Frozen Four

Boston Bruins will have three prospects in this years NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. One from Notre Dam and two from Harvard. The Frozen Four was set last night as the final four teams of the 16 played. The Frozen Four will be played in Chicago next week April 6, 2017.

Notre Dame Faced-off against UMass Lowell and Penn State Took on Denver. The Bruins have no prospects on Penn or Denver.

Anders Bjork will be playing for Notre Dame. Before last night Bjork had 2 goals in Notre Dames victory over Minnesota. Last night he helped the Irish to an overtime victory against the Riverhawks. Bjork assisted on all three Irish goals. His biggest came on the overtime winner. Bjork also finished a plus 3. The Irish defeated UML 3-2. Also he is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Bjork and Notre Dame will face Denver on April 6 at 9:30 and the game will be aired an ESPN2.

Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman are also headed to Chicago with Harvard. Harvard defeated Providence and Air Force to reach the Frozen Four.

Donato has a goal and assists in Harvard’s two games. He also finished with a plus 4. Sherman also had an assist in those two games.

Season came to an end for other prospects

Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had their season come to an end. Boston University lost to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.

McAvoy did manage to score the game winner in the Terriers overtime vicotory over North Dakota. JFK also had a goal in that game.

I cannot wait to see these guys in a Bruins uniform. Especially Bjork who is just a thrill to watch.

Other Prospects

Zach Senyshyn and the Soo Greyhounds are in the CHL playoffs. The greyhounds lost to the Flint Birds Saturday 6-4. Senyshyn had one goal in that game. The teams are in a seven game series and after the Saturday the series is tied at 1 a piece. During the regular season Zach had 42 goals and 23 assists in 59 games.

Jeremy Lauzon and the Rouyn Noranda also lost in their game Friday. Lauzon also manged a goal in the 5-4 loss Friday. He also netted a goal and an assist in the Huskies 3-2 win Saturday over Halifax. The QMJHL playoff is a seven game series and is tied at 1 game a piece. Lauzon scored 5 goals and 23 assists in 61 regular season games.

Jesse Gabrielle and Prince George are also tied at 1 a piece in their series against Portland. Gabrielle notched an assist in the Cougars 5-1 win Sunday. He had 35 goals and 29 assists in 61 regular season games.

Jack Becker has five goals in five games for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He has committed to play at Michigan Tech who were knocked of before they reached the Frozen Four by Denver. He is only 19 and has 15 goals and 11 assists in 45 games this season in the WHL.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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