Today on Bruins Daily
For the second time in seven days, the Bruins and the Flames will battle it out in an inter-conference matchup. The Bruins escaped from Calgary with a 2-1 win in Jarome Iginla’s emotional return to the Saddledome.
Of course, we’ll have complete coverage for tonight’s matchup on Twitter at @BruinsDaily and join in on the discussion using #DailyLive in your tweets.
In case you missed it
Speaking of Jarome Iginla, Chris Chirichiello gave him player of the week honors for the second time this season.
Know the enemy
Not much has changed with the Flames’ on-ice product the last seven days as they still find themselves second to last in the Western Conference with a 13-15-5 record (31 points). But things are a bit different off the ice.
Shortly after the B’s 2-1 win last week, Jay Feaster was relieved of his duties by Brian Burke, who will serve double duty as the team’s President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. It might have been long overdue as the Flames have missed the playoffs in each of the last four seasons, and the rebuilding mode took far too long to get started. That, combined with the reluctance to trade Iginla before March of 2013 and a couple of questionable signings – including former Bruin Dennis Wideman – and a less than stellar farm system was just the tip of the iceberg.
Right now, its safe to say that the Flames will have to take a few more bumps on the road. And even with the injuries, suspensions and the flu surrounding the Bruins’ locker room, they have another good chance of getting two points and sweeping the season series.
For those who missed it, Milan Lucic was in an altercation in Vancouver Saturday night that went viral and is planning on pressing charges. It is another example of how Canucks’ fans still can’t get over their loss to the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. (Bruce Arthur/The National Post)
Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game suspension, and many are coming to his defense including Joey McDonald. (ESPN Boston)
On a lighter note, season two of The Bear & The Gang debuts with a very special Christmas edition hosted by Rene Rancourt and starring, well, The Bear. (Bruins.com)
Remember that thing called the Stanley Cup hangover? Well its not affecting the Chicago Blackhawks in any way. (Tracey Myers/CSN Chicago)
The San Jose Sharks wish their fans a Merry Christmas the only way they know how. (Greg Wyshynski/Puck Daddy)
Are Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones providing the Los Angeles Kings with the best goaltending in franchise history? That seems to be the case, especially with Scrivens and Jones filling in nicely for the injured Quick. (Walter McLaughlin/The Hockey Writers)
Bruins’ projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Matt Fraser
Reilly Smith-Ryan Spooner-Carl Soderberg
Nick Johnson-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Flames’ projected lines
Mike Cammalleri-Matt Stajan-Lee Stempniak
Curtis Glencross-Sean Monahan-Jiri Hudler
Paul Byron-Mikael Backlund-Blair Jones
Lance Bouma-Joe Colborne-Brian McGrattan
Ladislav Smid-Mark Giordano
Chris Butler-Shane O’Brien
Kris Russell-T.J. Brodie
Tweets of interest
Want to purchase a bubble hockey table? Well it can be your’s for the paltry price of $2,499:
It’s on sale! Only $2,499… pic.twitter.com/X3KvtvMP3v
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) December 17, 2013
The Sabres locker room features an elf on the shelf. Fitting considering how they’re still the laughing stock of the NHL:
Elf on the Shelf in the Sabres room. pic.twitter.com/1its8xQgrZ
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) December 17, 2013
For something completely different
Rock and Roll legend Paul McCartney did not get a t-shirt at a last night’s Brooklyn Nets game, and was very sad as a result.