The layoff has been a protracted one for the Bruins with the Stanley Cup closing on the horizon, however Boston has carried out the whole lot it could actually to remain ready forward of Monday’s Sport 1.Bruce Cassidy|John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe by way of Getty ImagesBOSTON – By the point the Boston Bruins hit the ice for the Stanley Cup closing Monday night time, they may have gone a full 10 days between video games. For these of you maintaining rating at residence, that ties them with the 2002 Anaheim Geese for the longest post-season layoff of the NHL’s enlargement period. (And we’re going to exit on a limb and speculate that it’s the longest of all-time.)
Charlie Coyle has used the time between the sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes and the ultimate to meet up with household and mates after being dealt to his hometown staff on the commerce deadline. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy acquired the prospect to go watch his son’s baseball sport Saturday afternoon. The Bruins tried to maintain the aggressive juices flowing with a spirited intrasquad scrimmage in entrance of 16,000 followers Thursday night time when Brad Marchand scared everybody by colliding with Conor Clifton. When the puck drops for actual, the Bruins will probably need to shake off some rust, however there’s no massive concern with that.
“I really feel our staff has been ready most nights all 12 months,” Cassidy mentioned. “I believe they’ve been ready within the playoffs. There are at all times exceptions, however I believe we’ll be able to go Monday night time. You’re at all times involved you’re lacking one thing, you don’t need to get caught. However you need to maintain numerous that in-house. You don’t need to give an excessive amount of data to the gamers the place they’re over-thinking. You’re a coach, so your mind by no means actually shuts down, you’re at all times pondering of stuff. However for essentially the most half, it’s been an fulfilling trip.”
Given the selection at the moment of 12 months, any staff would take the danger of getting to shake rust off early in a sequence for the chance to have an prolonged time without work. You need to keep in mind that previous to sweeping the Hurricanes, they went seven video games in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs within the first spherical and 6 within the second in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the latter of which was a grinding, “big-boy hockey” sequence that took its toll. And it has additionally allowed the Bruins to present David Krejci, who missed the scrimmage Thursday night time and the apply Saturday with flu signs, time to get well.
“I think we’ll see him (Sunday),” Cassidy mentioned of Krejci. “That’s the plan. If he’s not out (Sunday), now there’s a little bit little bit of fear there. However proper now, I imagine he’ll be practising (Sunday). He’s mentioned he doesn’t prefer to apply so there you go, we’ve granted him his want. On the finish of the day, he’s been round a very long time and he’s a really cerebral participant. That half I’m not involved about. He can decide issues up in a rush. It’s extra about whenever you miss two or three days, do you’ve gotten your legs, do you’ve gotten your stamina?”
One other factor that may’t be replicated throughout a layoff the place there are solely practices is the bodily facet of the sport. Though the Bruins have picked up the tempo in that space prior to now couple of days, it’s not even in the identical realm as what they’ll expertise when the puck drops. The Blues are a heavy, bodily staff, notably on the again finish. And though the Blue Jackets tried to make the Bruins pay a bodily value each time they touched the puck and the Maple Leafs have been, surprisingly, the extra bodily staff within the first spherical of the playoffs, Cassidy is aware of the Stanley Cup closing will present a a lot larger problem. Cassidy is anticipating the Blues to focus on his smaller defensemen, specifically Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk.
“I believe (the Blues) are extra constantly bodily,” Cassidy mentioned. “Columbus was sure traces and Carolina the identical factor. I believe that is extra one-after-the-other line that can end checks. That’s what I anticipate. Even their scoring line of (Brayden) Schenn, (Jaden) Schwartz and (Vladimir) Tarasenko, I do know they’ll be extra bodily than (Artemi) Panarin, (Cam) Atkinson and whomever they rotate at middle (normally Pierre-Luc Dubois). Each shift it’s a must to put together to get completed. You need to bear in mind, it’s a must to be prepared, it’s a must to be agile earlier than they get you of their sights. And it’s a must to take a few of these. It’s inevitable. We noticed that with (Grzelcyk). He took some massive hits and bounced again.”
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Tags: boston bruins, playoffsConnect: Concerning the AuthorKen CampbellKen Campbell, The Hockey Information’ senior author, is in his second tour with the model after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native as soon as tried out for the Ontario League’s Wolves as a 30-year-old. For sure, it did not work out.