Today on Bruins Daily
Once again, Boston and St. Louis take center stage. Only this time it will be done on the ice instead of the baseball diamond.
The Bruins and Blues renew acquaintances for the first time since February, 2012. It promises to be an entertaining contest between two of the top teams in the league. Not to forget, the Bruins will be honoring the “Big Bad Bruins” teams of the 1970’s, which includes a ceremonial puck drop by the one and only, Bobby Orr.
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In case you missed it
Bruins Daily statistician Dan St. Pierre does some number crunching on the Bruins success in the mediocre Eastern Conference on Boston.com.
It is that time of the week again: time for Jack Edwards to do his magic in the Jack Edwards Call of the Week.
And Erika Leigh and I discuss the latest Bruins news, notes and give our thanks in the latest edition of Bruins Daily TV:
Know the enemy
The St. Louis Blues are quietly creeping their way into Stanley Cup contender status the last few seasons. But can they get over the hump in the uber competitive Western Conference? At 14-3-3 so far, they are making their case. Yet they trail the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild in the Central Division, each of whom have 32 points.
From top to the bottom, Ken Hitchcock has a very solid quad. David Backes continues to be one of the top power forwards in the league, while Jaroslav Halak is carrying the backload between the pipes and Alex Steen is well on his way to having a career year. Additionally they boast the best power play in the league with a 25.4 percent success rate and are the second highest scoring team in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game. It’s safe to say that the Bruins defense, who will be without the services of Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg – both of whom are day-to-day – will have their work cut out for them.
The B’s called up Kevan Miller from Providence yesterday to fill their void on the blue-line. (Joe McDonald/ESPN Boston)
Calder Trophy candidate Torey Krug lost his concentration a little bit during an interview in the Bruins :30 web clip. (Bruins.com)
Speaking of Krug, he is making some headwaves this season with a strong rookie season. However, don’t get your hopes up of him getting a spot on the US Olympic team. (Scott McLaughlin/WEEI.com)
Even with their hot start, the Blues are still looking for some secondary scoring. (Andy Strickland/True Hockey)
For all you fantasy hockey fans
and Sedin bashers in Boston Dustin Byfuglin is playing like a stud and Henrik Sedin is playing like a dud. (Dobber Hockey/Puck Daddy)
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov is keeping his thoughts with hockey and not with his domestic abuse and kidnapping charges that led to his arrest last month. (Adrian Dater/Denver Post)
Bruins’ projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Reilly Smith-Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Blues’ projected lines
Alex Steen-David Backes-TJ Oshie
Brenden Morrow-Derek Roy-Chris Stewart
Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Sobotka-Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reeves
Alex Pietrangelo-Jay Bouwmeester
Barrett Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk
Ian Cole-Roman Polak
Tweets of interest
Here’s the next stop of the Jake Peavy Duck Boat tour:
Duckboat gettin it’s first introduction to the Falls! pic.twitter.com/7Ogj8rSjdS
— Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_44) November 21, 2013
Ken Hitchock praises the Boston Bruins:
Blues’ Hitchcock on Bruins: ‘Boston’s one of 5 or 6 teams in NHL that plays right thru you. … They make you play in uncomfortable areas.’
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) November 21, 2013
For something completely different
You can’t get enough of Rob Ford. You can’t get enough of Ron Burgundy. You can’t get enough of Ron Burgundy singing about Rob Ford’s re-election chances in Toronto.