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Fresh Links: Fine Tuning Edition

As Torey Krug and Reilly Smith rejoin their team, the Bruins seek to fine tune their lineups against the Islanders this evening at TDGarden.

He's baaaaaaaaaack... Reilly Smith
He's baaaaaaaaaack... Reilly Smith
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Tonight the Bruins host old friend "Hi, I'm Chad Johnson" and the NY Islanders. In other Bruins news you can use:

  • In this tidy analysis, here is where the Bruins stand cap-wise- they do have several options still available to them. [GermanBsFan]
  • Take a look farther ahead at where the Bruins stand as far as restricted and unrestricted free agents going into next season. [NESN]
  • Peter Chiarelli asserts that no veteran players were on the line during the process, and added some observations about camp so far. [BostonHerald]
  • Torey Krug and Reilly Smith joined their teammates at practice yesterday, here are the lines and d-pairings, and some brief observations. [NESN]
  • The payoff to the deals: Johnny Boychuk remains a Bruin, but he may have to agree to a "hometown discount" to stay. [WEEI]
  • The Bruins have entered an era of compensation tied to performance. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • The David Krejci line will be the next big mystery for the Bruins to solve. [BleacherReport]
  • There are other pressing questions for the Bruins this season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Patrice Bergeron spoke about owning the face-off circle and offered tips to players playing as the Bruins in NHL 15 in this interview. [SportsIllustrated]
  • PuckDaddy is featuring the Bruins in their "Emoji Preview." Enjoy! [PuckDaddy]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Doug MacLean says that if you're a fancystats acolyte, just shaddap about it already. (Video, 3:46) [Sportsnet]
  • Futility generated the explosion of fancystats. Just look at all the bloggers hired by NHL teams. [SportsIllustrated]
  • A coach relying on fancystats would be grounds for immediate termination if Pierre McGuire had his way. [PuckDaddy]
  • But don't be caught without a basic familiarity of the concepts and terms involved in advanced hockey statistics. Your cram session is here!  [SportsIllustrated]
  • Speaking of the numbers, it ain't your goalie hobbling your team, and here's proof. [FearTheFin]
  • That's the PERDS, not the PERVS. The Nashville Predators will change their goal song, as royalties are paid to a convicted felon who once again is facing charges. [Predators.NHL]
  • GoPro has an idea that you might enjoy a real-time, on-ice vantage of hockey games. It will be coming to a rink near you. [TheHockeyNews]
  • On-ice officials have test-driven helmet-mounted GoPro cams, but don't want to rely on them. [PuckDaddy]
  • Hey, footy fans, how about these NHL concept soccer uniforms? [BarDown]
  • The Tragically Hip will headline the NHL Face-Off season opening event in Toronto on Wednesday in advance of the Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens game. [Sportsnet]
  • Save the HNIC musical montages! Those party poopers at Rogers are cutting back, albeit not entirely. [NationalPost]