The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.
Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.
The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)
Ferraro, who’s spent his entire career with the Red Wings organization, has been claimed off waivers by the Bruins. The move comes after the 24-year-old appeared in 10 games for Detroit this season, going scoreless with seven penalty minutes.
The son of longtime NHLer-turned-analyst Ray Ferraro, Landon was the 32nd overall pick in 2009 but spent most of his time in AHL Grand Rapids, never really claiming a full-time spot with the parent club, though he did play in all seven of Detroit’s opening-round playoff games against Tampa Bay last year.
With Boston, he could get an opportunity for a more significant role.
The team is dealing with some injuries up front. Chris Kelly is basically done for the year with a fractured femur, David Pastrnak is out with a foot injury and Frank Vatrano is dealing with an upper-body ailment.
Of course, Ferraro is dealing with a knee injury of his own, so it’s unclear when he’ll be available for the B’s.
The Boston Bruins were happy with their effort Saturday in a 3-1 win over Detroit.
They weren’t happy, you’ll recall, with their efforts in previous games.
And because it’s only been one good game in a row, the B’s have been trying to stay vigilant ahead of tonight’s visit from San Jose.
“I think it’s about realizing and learning from the past mistakes,” forward Patrice Bergerontold CSN New England. “I think we have had a good effort and then the next game wasn’t so good. So hopefully we can learn from that.”
After 16 games, Boston’s record of 8-7-1 is a fairly accurate reflection of how this group has played. The offense has been great overall; the defense not so much.
That’s why the win over Detroit was so encouraging. The B’s held the Wings to just 23 shots and one goal.
“I look good when the team looks good and vice versa,” said goalie Tuukka Rask. “[Saturday night] was a great example, first two periods we take their speed away in the neutral zone, keep them to the outside and block shots, they had 13 shots through two periods. It’s just a great group effort, and it helps me a lot when that happens.”
The key now?
Make it happen again and again.
The Sharks will be looking for their third straight victory. It’s not a team the Bruins can take lightly.