BFR1 – Game 17 – Worst. Carnival. Ever.

By: Spencer Fascetta                                          Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

This season has turned into the worst carnival ever. This is thoroughly exhausting, as the Bruins keep inventing new ways to lose. This time, it was injuries. And distractions. And arguing with refs. What else could go wrong?

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Boston Bruins Rookies Playing Big Roles


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

The Bruins have finally bought in on playing the young guys, mainly due to an unprecedented amount of injuries to their veteran players. Players like McAvoy, DeBrusk, and Bjork have been in the lineup since the first game, but the others have been thrown into the mix as regulars have been injured. They have definitely added to the energy and youth of the team, but have they come with their fair share rookie mistakes too.

Charlie McAvoy burst onto the scene for Bruins fans last spring when both Krug and Carlo were unable to play in the playoffs. In his first few games, McAvoy limited his mistakes and played very well for being thrown into the lineup of elite NHL players around him, on his team and the other team. He is leading the entire NHL rookies in time on ice (22:58 avg) and leading by an extra 3 minutes compared to the second place player (Keller, 19:44). This is also the second highest rookie TOI since the 2010-2011 season. Jonas Brodin has the highest since ’10-’11  with 23:12 in ’12-’13. McAvoy has shown his ability on the powerplay too. He is regularly out with large PP minutes and has contributed a lot to the physical part of the game. He is one of the better rookie defensemen in the NHL.

Anders Bjork was a big surprise for many people outside of the Bruins organization, but once you see his numbers at Notre Dame and how well he works with Bergeron/Marchand, there’s less of a shock. Bjork, when he is playing on his usual line with 37/63, excels because of speed and the chances he creates. He leads all Bruins rookies in points (9) and is tied for highest goals (3). He hasn’t been able to reach his full potential yet with injuries to both Bergeron and Marchand, along with the majority of the lineup. I believe that when the B’s get healthy, Bjork will start to make more of an impact.

Sean Kuraly is one of my favourite players in the lineup. He brings that old Bruins style of play. Real gritty. Dump and chase. Tire them out through physical play. Kuraly has the most hits as a forward with 29 so far in 16 games played. He also leads the Bruins rookies in shots and tied for most game-winning goals. He seems to have a bright solid 3rd/4th line center kind of future.

The Bruins have a multitude of rookies playing in their lineup on a nightly basis, and this is both a good thing and a bad thing. There will be a learning period. The adjustment from the AHL to the NHL is a big one, and some players need more time than others. Most of the rookies now are almost over that hump, but they still need time. Not everyone can make the jump like Bergeron did all those years ago in 2003.



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Bruins Prospect Zboril Injured, Return Uncertain

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

On Saturday night November 11,2017, Boston Bruins prospect, Jakub Zboril took what looked like a hit to the head at the 14:46 mark of the first period. Zboril did not return to the game after leaving the ice for the locker room during the American Hockey League contest between the visiting Providence Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The egregious hit from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Place was initially called a roughing penalty by either AHL Referee Andrew Howard or Ben O’Quinn who were working that night and made the call on Penguins defenseman Andrey Pedan. WBS Pens Pedan got two minutes for the roughing call but also a five-minute fighting major when Baby B’s forward Kenny Agostino came in to stick up for his fellow teammate. After the game and AHL disciplinary review, the league came to the conclusion that the hit was, in fact, a charge to the Baby B’s Zboril as seen in tweets below from the Providence Journal Hockey Writer Mark Divver and AHL Communications Twitter account.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Andrey Pedan has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of a charging incident in a game vs. Providence on Nov. 11.

Zboril, a 6′-0″ 201-pound Brno, Czech Republic native and the first of three consecutive 2015 first round selections from the National Hockey Leagues Entry Draft from Sunrise, Florida. Jakub has only missed one game since leaving the ice on Saturday night, but once again Providence Journal’s B’s Writer Mark Divver reported an update earlier today with news of the talented blueliner in his tweet below.

Through 12 games in his first professional season in the AHL Zboril has yet to earn a single point but that doesn’t mean he’s not performing at his best away from the puck. As a decent sized defenseman, he can dish bone-crunching hits and uses his frame well around the crease when the opponent is trying to wreak havoc in front of his goaltender. He skates very well and has the IQ and vision to smartly transition the puck out of the zone while keeping an eye safely with a stretch pass.

While playing his junior hockey with the Quebec Major Junio Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs, he contributed 28-64-94 numbers in 144 career games. Don’t let his offensive numbers fool you from his junior days to his first year of pro hockey as he has the attributes to be a solid NHL’er in the near future.

The 7-4-2-0 Providence Bruins are back in action this weekend starting on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island against the 6-7-0-2 Hershey Bears at 7:00 and again on Sunday afternoon against the same Bears team in Providence at 1:05.


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Boston Bruins Prospect Update

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By: Mark Allred       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Since I do so much research on the prospects in the Boston Bruins organization for our Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast, I thought why not write an article about all the information I gather every week. This is generally focusing on B’s prospects in North America but going to add those who are also a part of the organization while playing in Europe. Hope you all enjoy these as I try to deliver the best updates I can for those interested.

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 5th-Nov. 11th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 5th at the Dunk in Providence Rhode, Island. Zane McIntyre got the start in his return to the AHL to get in some game action as he’s been up and down Interstate 95 on emergency situations. McIntyre gave up all six goals in a 6-0 shutout loss against the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers stopping 31 of 37 shots.
The second game of the week came on Saturday, Nov 11th with a 4-3 overtime loss to the WBS Penguins who only needed 20 seconds into the extra frame to seal the victory. Baby B’s got goals from Colby Cave and two from Ryan Fitzgerald.  The Providence team is currently in 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 7-4-22-0 record and 15 points after 13 games played this season.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar appeared in back-to-back games last week starting on Friday, Nov. 10th against the South Carolina Stingrays where he gave up two goals but finished strong helping the Glads to a 3-2 overtime win stopping 29 of 31 shots.
The 2015 third-round pick of the NHL Bruins was back in the crease on Saturday night Nov. 11th against the same Stingrays team stopping 30 of 31 shits to help his Glads team to the 2-1 overtime victory. With the two wins over the weekend, the Czech Republic native extends his career high ECHL winning streak to four games and has a 4-1-0-0 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average, and .918 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka is currently on a four-game pointless streak and doesn’t have a goal in his last 11 games. The Center and his Gens team play the Ottawa 67’s tonight and hope to have a better update during next seeks show of his efforts in the OHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Per Kevin Chambers and Craig Eagles who both write about the QMJHL, 2017 6th round pick Cedric Pare last action was on the third of November where he’s believed to have got a minor injury that’s held him out of the last 4 games. We hope Cedric gets back to action soon as he was playing much better before the injury.

Western Hockey League- Brandon Wheat Kings

Boston Bruins, 2017 seventh round defensive selection Daniel Bukac has been out of action since the start of the 2017-18 season and still recovering from offseason surgery. The 6’-5” 207-pound blueliner has been skating during non-team practices per Brandon Sun beat writer Perry Bergson and seems to be anxious for a return from his Twitter activity.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic– University of Wisconsin
The former 2016 first round selection is riding a career-high four games without a single point and no goals in his last five games. In 13 games played Trent has 5-5-10 numbers and looks to snap his offensive struggles with back-to-back games starting this Friday night against Michigan.

Ryan Lindgren– Minnesota
Played in two games over the weekend but only got on the scoresheet on Saturday night when he scored his second goal of the season for the Gophers. In 12 games this year the sophomore has four points, but with his shutdown defensive style, he’s playing well regardless.

Ryan Donato– Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal against Colgate on Friday night and added an assist on Saturday night against Cornell. Donato now has a point in every game this season and is 3-4-7 in five appearances.

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BFR1 – Games 15 and 16 – Dumpster Fire

By: Spencer Fascetta                                                                          Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

PuckNerd talks through the disappointing sweep at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s understandably angry and tries to give you a few potential fixes for the problems he sees. Granted, who actually listens to him? Regardless, he appreciates your eyes and ears!

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Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #71 11-12-17

By: Mark Allred      Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277 or show @BlackNGoldPod

Welcome back for episode 71 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule ahead as the month of November continues to be a challenging one for this team. We touch on some interesting topics as we use the great folks of social media to set the tone of our show agenda. We did not have any What Ya Bruin Mailbag questions this week but the popular Weekly Prospect Update is back giving you all the info from the Bruins developing youth.

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A Three-Game California Road Trip Highlights The Week Ahead For The Bruins

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By Mike Cratty                                Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

As their back-and-forth start to the 2017-2018 season continues, a three-game western conference road trip lies ahead for the Boston Bruins. With injuries still present in the lineup, the Bruins went 1-2-1 this past week facing the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs most recently in a home-and-home series. These four games all came within six days so three days of rest before their road trip will be beneficial.

In a forward core with David Krejci, David Backes, and Ryan Spooner still out, the other big guys up front such as Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron have been forced to carry extra weight in their absences.

Getting the ball rolling has been so tough thus far as the Bruins have yet to win two games in a row through 16 games and their record currently sits at 6-6-4. This record has them sitting in sixth place in the Atlantic division with 16 points.

First up is the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of a back-to-back California series on the road trip They have a very similar start to the season as the Bruins, partly due to those injury complications. Their record currently stands at 7-6-3 and has them in sixth place in the Pacific division with 17 points. Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler, Patrick Eaves, Ondrej Kase, Jared Boll, and Ryan Kesler are all currently out due to injury. That’s pretty rough. The craziness within their lineup has played a role in the Ducks losing their last five games, with the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning up next tonight.

The Bruins will look to end their current three-game losing streak with a win over the Ducks to start the road trip.

Game two of the back-to-back California series features the Los Angeles Kings, while they continue to turn heads. The Kings currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division with a three-point lead on the Vegas Golden Knights. Their +15 goal differential is second best in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bounce back seasons from Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have been big in LA’s resurgence to the top of the standings. The Kings are looking reminiscent of the well-rounded teams that won Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014.

The Kings have been able to survive without Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, and Marian Gaborik for some time. Jonathan Quick is back to playing like his old self which makes a solid Kings defense look even better in front of him. Back on October 28, the Bruins took a stout Kings team to overtime. They will look to do get two points instead of one this time around.

The conclusion of the road trip will take the Bruins to San Jose to take on the Sharks. San Jose currently holds a 9-6-0 record and sits in a three-way tie for points (18) in the Pacific division with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, just one point ahead of the Anaheim Ducks. Besides the absence of Paul Martin in the lineup, the Sharks have a good bill of health right now, which has helped them win seven of their last ten games.

Facing one of the hottest teams in the league in the Sharks will not make the conclusion of what looks to be a tough road trip any easier. Clarity could be ahead if some good fortune comes the Bruins way. Consistency needs to be established sooner rather than later if they want to keep up in the divisional race as the season continues to progress.

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Polls: Would Bruins Fans Support AHL Televised Games?

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By: Mark Allred              Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The American Hockey League announced on November 8,2017, that a scheduling partnership between the league and NHL Network that would show ten games from the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey League starting on Sunday, November 19, 2017, but unfortunately, the Providence Bruins were not on that list of televised games.

With Toronto, Ontario at the height of the hockey media market, I’m not exactly shocked that the Toronto Marlies which is the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate would get six of those games mentioned to all be televised from the Ricoh Coliseum and one at the Air Canada Centre which is located ten minutes away walking distance but heard from locals an hour drive (Kidding of course, well maybe). Other AHL teams that are fortunate to get in some action on the NHL Network are teams such as the Chicago Wolves (2 Games) and Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1 Game) would also host an event that will be televised through the network as a way to promote the league which prominently operates on a three-day weekend schedule.

AHL League Attendance Argument

Now if you wanted to make a case for which markets should get special games like these through a great media outlet like the NHL Network these games could be heavily biased on the success of the National Hockey League markets like the Maple Leafs in Toronto, the Blackhawks in Chicago, and the Flyers in Pennsylvania. Is that fair? After looking at some numbers and particularly the graph below from the great folks at only one of the teams selected to host a network event is ranked so far this season in the top-ten in the AHL’s fan attendance. That’s right folks, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are ranked third in league with an average crowd of 7,741 and a 44 fan difference from fourth place Providence Bruins.

Information Per’s page about this graph below:

This is a graph of the attendance of the American Hockey League for the 2017-18 season. Attendance is based on numbers from a team or league, either released as an official yearly per-game average figure, or compiled into an average from individual boxscore attendance. In some cases when boxscore attendance is unavailable for a small number of games, the attendance is computed omitting the missing games and annotated as approximate. Clicking on a team’s bar in the graph will display a graph of that team’s attendance across all seasons.

So, with the information that I’ve gathered above It makes me think who the league is catering to when it comes to events such as these limited opportunities and what could be done in the future with a hockey fan base thirsty to see the up and coming stars of the NHL  and gain interest in their progression through the organizational developmental leagues.

Well, here’s my question to you the knowledge-hungry fans that many have expressed why local to Boston sports media outlet New England Sports Network (NESN) who basically never show any AHL event expect for the AHL All-Star festivities, would you pay extra money to see the Providence Bruins in action at the Dunk in Providence and on the road via Jumbotron feed which is not always in HD?


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Bruins Prospect Vladar Is Streaking In Atlanta

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By: Mark Allred                   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The East Coast Hockey Leagues Atlanta Gladiators beat the South Carolina Stingrays last night in overtime by the score of 3-2 giving them their sixth win in eleven games this season and currently on a 6-0-0-1 winning streak as they climb the South Division standings. Also streaking is Boston Bruins 2015 third-round selection Dan Vladar who’s off to his best start in his second year of professional hockey.

In his 2016-17 rookie season, the 6′-5″ 196-pound Czech Republic native posted a 5-9-1-1 record in 18 appearances but this year is off to a good start going 3-1-1 and with a 29 of 31 shot performance in the mentioned 3-2 overtime win last night, earned his first pro three-game winning streak. Vladar took a loss in his first start of the 2017-18 season giving up three goals and although he got the win in his second appearance, giving up five goals to Jacksonville and eight in his first two games was a bit concerning regardless of talent level. His last two games that I’ve seen have been by far his best and seem to be getting into a groove with 1.98 goals against average, and .941 save percentage giving up half the goals from his first two contests.

Here are the video highlights from last night’s Atlanta Gladiators victory:

As injuries and demotions have been an issue the last two seasons, Vladar has played a key role in the developmental levels as he’s traveled up and down the east coast from Atlanta, Georgia to the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins in the State of Rhode Island. When recalled to the Baby B’s the agile goaltender has shown great promise posting a record of 4-0-1 last season with a 2.62 GAA and .921 save% to a 1-1 record this season and 1.46 GAA and .949 save%. This is definite proof while playing with a better-structured defense at the AHL level he’ll have a good career as soon as he’s a permanent member of the Bruins top minor-pro tandem in Providence in the near future.

Atlanta is back in action tonight with another game at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South division’s third-place Stingrays who the Gladiators trail by only two points and could tie with a regulation win when the puck drops at 7:05. With Bruins prospect Vladar getting the start in last night’s win, look for Glads netminder Matt Ginn to get the nod in goal as the Atlanta team looks to remain perfect through the current winning streak.

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BFR1 – Game 14 – Exhaustion

By: Spencer Fascetta                                        Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

Man, this team is just tiring to watch. A bizarre, lackluster effort in MSG predictably riled up our good buddy PuckNerd. Talk through the pain with him, it may be therapeutic. Maybe…


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