Players are a bit frustrated in Boston and the punches the Carolina Hurricanes took for that last night are proof of that. The losses the Bruins have piled up point in that direction as well, but there’s a reason to look on the bright side of life in Beantown: David Krejci is on the way back to action.
Krejci is 50/50 to return for Thursday night’s game against Toronto and with the Bruins stuck in a rut, his return to action is a welcome one. CSNNewEngland.com’s Joe Haggerty spoke with Krejci to find out where he’s at in returning from a “core injury” and he’s feeling positive, a feeling that hasn’t been floating around much in the Bruins locker room lately.
Krejci returning means he likely gets his spot back on the top line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Settling that line down and bringing them some peace is just what the Bruins need. Their out of control play against Carolina showed that they’re itchy to get back to playing physical and scoring goals.
Krejci getting back in the lineup makes the Bruins a better, more cohesive team. Without him, they’re scrambling a bit to get things together. Tyler Seguin has played well when given the minutes and guys like Chris Kelly are OK to plug in to shake things up mid-game, but those aren’t the permanent solutions. Getting everything back in its right place will help the Bruins not be quite as frustrated with each other. Save that kind of punchy play for the opponents.
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester.
It’s the first time Bailey, a second-round pick in 2013, has ever been called up to the NHL. The 20-year-old joins the big club after piling up 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games for the Americans.
Most Sabres fans will know that Bailey is from Buffalo (technically, Williamsville), the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey. (To learn more, click on this Buffalo News story from July.)
The Sabres play Thursday in Philadelphia, where Bailey will reportedly make his NHL debut.
To make room for Bailey on Buffalo’s roster, Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.
Thing have gone from bad to weird in Minnesota, where embattled Wild coach Mike Yeo was “disappointed” to see Zenon Konopka’s rabbit holding a sign that read, “YEO MUST GO.”
Hey, we told you things had gotten weird.
Konopka, a former Wild player, took to Twitter last night after Minnesota’s latest loss.
Here’s what Konopka tweeted:
And what did Yeo think about that?
“I really don’t care what he says,” he told the Star Tribune, apparently adding with a laugh, “I will say I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.”
Now, according to the newspaper’s Michael Russo, “Konopka and Yeo had a lot of issues behind the scenes and that’s why [Konopka] ended up on waivers two Januarys ago.”
Still, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of Wild fans agree with Hoppy, er, Konopka, and it doesn’t change the fact that the Wild could really, really use a win tomorrow at home to Washington.
Nice work from Artem Anisimov and Matt Niskanen this week, but Connor McDavid‘s tally is on a different level.
You can pretty much bank on McDavid being in Goals of the Year, too. Just saying.
Laurent Brossoit is getting another crack at the NHL.
On Wednesday, the Oilers announced they demoted Anders Nilsson — who, earlier this year, was carrying the starting gig in Edmonton — and recalled Brossoit from AHL Bakersfield.
Brossoit, 22, is an interesting story. Taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft (164th overall), he’s really made strides over the last year. He made his big-league debut at the end of last season and performed extremely well, making 49 saves on 51 shots in a loss to San Jose.
This year, Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star. He’s posted a 14-8-3 record for the Condors thus far, with a 2.70 GAA and .921 save percentage.
As for Nilsson, his demotion comes after losing the starting gig to Cam Talbot. Nilsson has also struggled to find the good form shown in November, when he made 10 starts and posted a .915 save percentage.
In his last outing, the lanky Swede allowed three goals on 10 shots in an embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Isles.