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12 Takes on The Bruins (Part III)
BREAKING: Bruins center David Krejci was seen today leaving the TD Garden with his arm in a sling. According to head coach Claude Julien, Krejci is considered “week-to-week” and will most certainly miss the Winter Classic. This is a big time blow for Boston, losers of their last two. As far as I'm concerned, Krejci is one of three "must have" players for the Bruins to be a quality playoff contender. More on this to come in The Eight Spoked Blog Winter Classic Preview...
Now, back to the third and final installment of my 12 thoughts on the Boston Bruins. This was written on 12/25 during a bit merrier of a time before Boston lost two straight...
Is The Pasta Ready?
Short answer: apparently not. Not for NHL action, anyways. David “Pasta” Pastrnak has been out since mid November with a fractured foot. Recently, Pastrnak began taking morning skates with his teammates and it appeared a return was close for the 19 year old sophomore. Pastrnak has since been skating with the Providence Bruins of the AHL in efforts to return to game shape. In two contests with the Baby B’s Pastrnak has one assist. And as of this morning, Don Sweeney announced that barring any severe injuries pressing Pastrnak back into service, he would be loaned to the Czech club for the World Junior tournament. So while he isn’t quite ready, we can safely assume the Pasta is just about al dente, and close to a return. This is end of my terrible, awful spaghetti pun.
Where Are They Now?
The Black and Gold still sit one point behind first place Montreal with three games in hand. Take two points in any of those contests and Boston, at least theoretically, catapults into second place in the Eastern Conference. Crazy, right? Look, this team has done one hell of a job, especially in the month of December, to be where they’re currently at. But honestly, does anyone think this is the second best team in the East? No. I don’t think that’s realistic. Luckily, in the form of Pastrnak, they’re awaiting the arrival of another necessary top six forward. And there’s still the glaring need at the top of the blueline. But it’s great to see that the character and grit we all love and celebrate as fans of the Bruins organization does exist within this group. And that overachieving is well within their reach, seeing as they've done so to this point. When it comes time for the tournament, those are three nifty tools to have in the bag of tricks.
Tis The Season
Today being Christmas...yeah, I write this thing on holidays - more fun hobby, less laborious assignment - this seems as good a time as any to tell Bruins fans to enjoy the rest of this season. Certainly, it won’t all come up roses and we’ll have the pleasure of being able to pick apart the rest of the year as it unfolds. But as far as I’m concerned, that beats the hell out of “who's that kid in the draft again? How many losses do we need to improve our odds on getting him? Is it time to tear it all down? Who's getting shipped out?” I hate those games, and this club shouldn’t subject us to that for quite some time.
One last thing before I go: shame on the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman for keeping Boston legend, fan favorite, and native Mainer, Rene Rancourt away from the Winter Classic. Rancourt has been singing the anthems at Bruins games since 1976. He's a Garden & Boston legend - not allowing Rene to sing at the event is pure garbage.
Graeham Henderson writes The Eight Spoked Blog - follow along on twitter: @hendersonchef