PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
–The Bruins spread some Holiday cheer by giving a group of Franklin Youth Hockey players some tickets to the 2016 Winter Classic. (Above)
–“In my team in KHL, if you dump the puck, coach might put you on bench and you never go out and play hockey again. It’s true.” Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about how he learned to play hockey in Russia. (The Players’ Tribune)
–ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun looks at Claude Julien’s unlikely path to the Winter Classic. (ESPN)
–What’s the reward for being named the Florida Panthers’ player of the game? This hooded sweatshirt that has Kevin Spacey’s head on it. (Miami Herald)
–The Boston Bruins got to skate on the Gillette Stadium ice with their families ahead of tomorrow’s Winter Classic tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.
–Craig Button, Eddie Olczyk, Doug MacLean, Pierre McGuire, Tom Laidlaw and Neil Smith had an Original Six fantasy draft with today’s NHLers. The first overall pick may surprise you. (USA Today).
The Bruins defeated the Senators by a final score of 7-3. Mayhem ensued in the final minute, as multiple fights broke out. According to NHL.com, the two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes throughout the entire game.
Bruins summon AHL standout Griffith, put Krejci on IR
Griffith is in his third season with AHL Providence and has stood out with 10 goals and 27 points in 24 contests in 2015-16. He hasn’t played with the Boston Bruins yet this season, but he did record 10 points in 30 games while averaging a modest 13:26 minutes with them in 2014-15.
Although it might be too much to hope for him to single-handedly fill the void left by Krejci, the Bruins could certainly use a boost right now. They’ve dropped three straight games and have scored just four goals in that span.
Boston will play against the Senators tonight after suffering a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday.
Big, bad night: Bruins lose Krejci to injury, drop third straight game
The Bruins lost these past three games by a troubling combined score of 11-4, including a stunning Saturday loss to the Buffalo Sabres that left Claude Julien fuming.
The key, then, is to get things back on track soon. The Bruins can gather themselves during a three-game homestand that includes the 2016 Winter Classic before things get rocky with a five-game road trip starting on Jan. 8.
Even with this mini-slump, the Bruins are in a solid position, but this is no time to go into hibernation.
Eichel erupts as Sabres stun Bruins, leaving Julien in disgust