Kalman: Finding Optimism In Potential First-Round Matchup With Leafs, And More Bruins ThoughtsThe Bruins can’t spend too much time worrying about seeding. They have to get healthy and in sync now that they’re on just their second losing streak of three or more games this season.
Getting Mean Has Helped Bruins’ Carlo Turn Around Sophomore SeasonThe Bruins don’t need 6-foot-5, 208-pound defenseman Brandon Carlo to be The Incredible Hulk. They don’t even need him to be Zdeno Chara or Adam McQuaid.
Kalman: Tuukka Rask Did More Than Just Make Crucial Saves To Help Bruins Reach First PlaceRask is known for being at his best when he’s calm in net, but he can also have a temper that sometimes results in clumsy self-punishment, equipment destruction and the abuse of milk crates. The Bruins benefited from a little bit of both sides of Rask’s personality in their 4-2 win against the Lightning at TD Garden.
Kalman: Zdeno Chara’s Off-Ice Impact -- As Much As On-Ice Performance -- Makes New Contract A Bargain For BruinsChara said at the start of the 2017-18 season his priority was to keep playing and to do it for the Bruins, and his performance this season, during which he turned 41, made it impossible for the Bruins to play around in negotiations.
Bruce Cassidy Mixing, Matching For Playoffs And Other Thoughts After Bruins' Successful Road TripHere are some observations and thoughts I had after the Bruins earned their fifth point of the road trip with a shootout loss in Winnipeg.
Kalman: Ryan Donato’s NHL Debut Just What Bruce Cassidy OrderedBruins coach Bruce Cassidy had just spent some time with Ryan Donato before and during the rookie’s first NHL morning skate Monday, and the bench boss was being asked about how Donato’s experiences at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea could help the player in his debut at the sport’s highest level.
How Riley Nash’s List Of Goals Has Come To Fruition For BruinsRiley Nash has met every challenge placed in front of him this season
Tuukka Rask Picked Up Right Where He Left Off With Win Over FlyersThe Bruins wasted little time welcoming Tuukka Rask back into the lineup Thursday.
Brad Marchand's Discipline Vs. Red Wings Equally As Impressive As His Hat TrickAt 29 years old, Brad Marchand isn’t as easy a mark as might’ve been in his younger days
Kalman: Split-Second Decisions By Torey Krug Helped Bruins Rally Past CanadiensSo with time running short and the Bruins’ sixth man-advantage of the game winding down, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug decided to alter the Bruins’ usual plan.
How David Krejci’s Revitalized Play With Rick Nash Is Helping Bruins Survive Bergeron’s AbsenceDavid Krejci’s in a 2011 state of mind, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Rick Nash's Presence Could Help Jake DeBrusk Beyond This Season For BruinsThe Bruins aren’t asking DeBrusk to be Rick Nash right now, although they wouldn’t mind if he develops into something close to a second coming.
How Tommy Wingels May Have Already Exceeded Expectations In Bruins DebutWait a minute -- didn’t anyone tell forward Tommy Wingels the Bruins acquired him to provide depth and be a bottom-six plumber when forced into the lineup? Maybe Wingels didn’t get the memo, because in addition to his ferocious forechecking and mucking in the corners, Wingels contributed a goal and assist in his Bruins debut, a 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Tuesday.
Kalman: Now We'll See Whether Sweeney's Or Yzerman's Philosophy Works Out BestBruins general manager Don Sweeney has decided to subscribe to a philosophy of quantity over quality when it comes to his defensemen, while his Tampa Bay counterpart Steve Yzerman has decided it’s more important to have an elite top three defensemen rather than have nine capable blueliners available for the playoffs. Now comes the fun part: seeing whether the Bruins or Lightning go deeper in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs after the decisions their GMs made leading up to the 3 p.m. NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.
Kalman: Why It Was Worth It For Bruins GM Sweeney To Pay Steep Price For Rick NashRick Nash is 33-years-old and the Bruins paid a steep price to acquire him Sunday.