Earlier on Tuesday evening, we wondered if the Boston Bruins might take advantage of a banged-up Arizona Coyotes team for their first home win of 2015-16.
The answer ended up being an emphatic “yes,” as the Bruins clobbered the Coyotes by a humbling score of 6-0.
Matt Beleskey played nicely in his return from a brief injury hiatus, nabbing two assists.
He wasn’t the Bruins player who stood out the most, however, as David Krejci‘s red-hot start is finally becoming so impressive that it might not slip under the radar any longer.
Things could change tonight, but right now it looks like he expanded his NHL scoring lead with two goals, giving him 14 points so far.
Update: Jamie Benn moved ahead of him with three assists (thus 15 points), but still an impressive start.
In other good news for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of 2015-16.
For the Coyotes, it was a good lesson and a serious beating.
If you want to read the latest Coyotes-on-the-move rumors, check ESPN’s article here.
On paper, this is the sort of situation that should play into the Boston Bruins’ favor.
On one hand, the B’s get a key member back in the lineup, as Matt Beleskey returns after missing two games.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes are dealing with some significant injury headaches. Connor Murphy, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal are all out with lower-body issues on Tuesday.
NESN flashed an interesting graphic moments ago: the Bruins are 0-3-1 in Boston while the Coyotes are 4-1-1 on the road.
If the B’s want to change that pattern, tonight would – theoretically – be a good time to do it.
Boston made a noteworthy but hardly surprising move on Tuesday, assigning Max Talbot to its AHL affiliate in Providence.
Talbot, 31, had been subjected to waivers earlier this season, with no takers. Upon clearing, he appeared in two games for the B’s, spending most of his time in the press box as a healthy scratch.
The veteran winger’s in the last of a five-year, $9 million deal with a $1.8M cap hit (half of which was retained by Colorado in last year’s trade), so sending him to Providence will give the B’s some financial relief.
The Boston Bruins unveiled their 2016 Winter Classic uniforms on Saturday.
The Bruins will be wearing these new jerseys when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Jan. 1.
In a release sent out by the team, the Bruins mentioned where the idea for the jersey came from:
To celebrate this historic rivalry matchup, Reebok designers looked to the early days of the Bruins franchise. The inspiration for the design of the full uniform and the crest generally came from the first uniform ever worn by the Bruins during their inaugural season in 1924, under legendary coach Art Ross.
The striping pattern recalls this original uniform, but has been updated in the Bruins current identity colors of Black & Gold, connecting the past and current Bruins color identity.
Do you like the look of the uniform?
Zac Rinaldo‘s hit on Sean Couturier inspired a variety of reactions from onlookers – some say big suspension, others believe the penalty itself was too severe – but how do the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers feel about it?
(See the hit itself in the video above if you have not already.)
Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did that funny thing where someone says “no comment” and then comments on something, as the Courier Post’s Dave Isaac notes.
“I’m not gonna comment on that hit at all,” Hakstol said. “There’s no place for it. That’s all I have to say. No place for it.”
Couturier left the game and didn’t return thanks to an upper-body injury, certainly a tough break for the Flyers.
It’s worth noting that Rinaldo is most known for his days as a member of the Flyers. That factored into his response to the hit from his own perspective:
Not a big surprise to see the two sides divided on this issue.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s most important to find out how the Department of Player Safety feels about the hit.