The Bruins announced today that forward Chris Bourque has officially been placed on waivers, for the purpose of assigning him to Providence. Other NHL teams have until noon ET tomorrow to put a claim in for him. If no one does, Bourque will report to the Providence Bruins, where he started the year.
With the big club Bourque played in 18 of the team’s 20 games, but tallied only a goal and three assists. He struggled along with linemates Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, who have only combined for 11 points themselves, and didn’t bring much to the Bruins’ struggling power play either. His lone goal came against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on February 2nd, the same time be the Bruins will face tonight at the Garden. Expect either Dan Paille or Jay Pandolfo to replace Bourque on the third line.
We’re just a few short hours away from puck drop at the Garden, and the electricity seems like it’s back. While there are a ton of great games on the schedule, tonight’s match-up with the Rangers will be our first look at arguably the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, and the Rangers have already popped up as early Cup favorites.
Last night the Bruins suffered a devastating loss to their arch rival Providence Bru…wait, what? It was just a scrimmage? While it might have been hard to tell from some of the social media and news responses, last night’s match-up was indeed just a tune-up for the fast approaching regular season. While there were many areas that will need work, it’s a little early to press the panic button.
It’s no secret that the Bruins’ power play has been laughably awful for the majority of the past two seasons. They managed to win a Cup in 2011 with the 10th worst regular season and third worst playoff power play percentages (the only two teams lower didn’t make it out of the first round), and last year a sickly 2-for-23 showing against the Capitals in the first round cost them dearly. With the shortened season this year, using the man advantage AS AN ACTUAL ADVANTAGE will go along way towards the Bruins having success.
At this morning’s practice we got a taste of what this year’s units will likely look like.