Today on Bruins Daily
Former Bruin Jaromir Jagr returns to the TD Garden as a member of the New Jersey Devils. Follow us on Twitter for updates @BruinsDaily and use #DailyLive in your tweets to be included in the discussion.
In case you missed it
The Bruins are coming off an impressive 2-1 win over the uber-talented San Jose Sharks. Here are three takeaways from the victory.
Buffalo Sabres goon John Scott will have a hearing with the league on Halloween to discuss his cheap shot on Loui Eriksson in the B’s 5-2 win Wednesday. Your’s truly explains why Scott’s antics have no place in hockey.
Finally, Erika Leigh and I give you the inaugural episode of Bruins Daily TV – taped on Oct. 23 at Studio 73 at Suffolk University – where we discuss Jarome Iginla’s struggles, Reilly Smith’s hot start, the debate between Jordan Caron and Carl Soderberg on the third line, and we drop the gloves on the week’s hot topics, including Jagr’s return.
Know the enemy
After signging Jagr, acquiring Cory Schneider on Draft Day and after siging another ex-Bruin, Michael Ryder, during the summer, the Devils were on their way up after a dismal 2013 Lockout shortened season. That all changed, however, when Ilya Kovalchuk announced his “retirement” from the NHL and bolted to the KHL.
And the Devils are sure feeling the “wrath of Kovalchuk” as they are off to a 1-5-4 start. Things got even worse when the team announced that Schneider is out with a lower-body injury, and called up Keith Kinkaid from Albany (AHL). Moreover, the team really misses Kovalchuk’s offense as they’ve netted just 20 goals, while allowing 33 goals in their first 10 games.
Luckily, it is still early in the season. But the Devils will need to improve quickly. Otherwise, Peter DeBorer, who guided his team to the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago, could get the pink slip.
The Bruins are finding an identity during their four-game winning streak. (Joe Haggerty/CSNNE)
Tuukka Rask continued his stellar play against the Sharks with a 38-save performance. (Mike Miccoli/The Hockey Writers)
Captain Zdeno Chara escaped a hearing after his high hit on Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on Thursday. (Days of Y’Orr)
Speaking of questionable hits – in light of Scott’s hearing – here are eight interesting ways to punish NHL teams for cheap shots. (Sean Gentile/The Sporting News)
Former NHL referee Paul Stewart explains the ‘Montreal Factor’ and refereeing. (Hockey Buzz)
Here’s a list of ugly team stats during the first month of the season. (Ryan Dadoun/Pro Hockey Talk)
Bruins projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Devils projected lines
Patrik Elias-Andrei Lokitonov-Jaromir Jagr
Rostislav Olesz-Adam Henrique-Michael Ryder
Dainius Zubrus-Travis Zajac-Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter-Steven Gionta-Steve Bernier
Andy Greene-Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov-Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas-Adam Larsson
Tweets of interest
Claude Julien is keeping his fingers crossed for Eriksson’s recovery:
Coach on Loui: “doing okay I guess… like always, you keep your fingers crossed that he’s going to get better sooner than later” ^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 26, 2013
The Stanley Cup can hold a lot of alcohol, apparently:
What I learned at work today: The Stanley Cup can hold 14 beers *or* 123 shots at once. You’re welcome.
— Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone) October 25, 2013
MLB Network compiles a great piece on how the Red Sox impact after the Boston Marathon Bombings is indeed, Boston Strong