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Bruins Stay North: In Ottawa

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With the Boston Bruins (16-3-5) coming off a tremendous win against Montreal last night with an 8-1 victory, they will follow up by taking on the Ottawa Senators (11-12-1). Bruins looking to continue the winning streak to five tonight, if they can pull it off.

As we know Patrice Bergeron wasn’t making the road trip this time around due to a lower body injury, and with Jaroslav Halak in net last night, Tuukka Rask will take over tonight. On top of a Boston Bruins win last night, David Pastrnak gained his 7th career hat trick. At the rate Pastrnak is going with 23 goals on the season in 24 games he is set to lead the rest of the season.

Along with top players such as Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak you have to give credit where credit is due. Rising stars such as Jake Debrusk, Charlie Coyle (both with a goal in last nights game), it’s nice to see that such young talent on the team and producing so much offense is going to be great for the future of the team. Personally, we’re going to be unstoppable with healthy players, young talent, and passion.

Game tonight- 7PM- Canadian Tire Centre

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The Rivalry: Boston Bruins V.s Montreal Canadiens

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The Boston Bruins (15-3-5) will travel north of the border to take on the Montreal Canadiens (11-7-5). We all know you have the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rivalry, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears rivalry. But the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is something a little more special.

Since the beginning of the NHL and the original six originated Boston and Montreal always seem to stick out. Sure, you had other teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers to complete the original six and each team having their own separate story lines. Boston and Montreal have played against each other more times in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs than any other combined teams (924 Times).

I won’t get to far in depth with the history because, who knows. Maybe I might have to write a book. So enough with the shortened history lesson, this is what we have to look forward tonight.

Patrice Bergeron will not be traveling with the team due to a lower body injury but will hopefully return Friday to the lineup to face the New York Rangers. Already it seems Bergeron is having a hard time staying healthy and coming back for games here and there will not help with his season statistics.

Other news going into tonight’s game; Tuukka Rask will sit the bench tonight to get him ready for Ottawa tomorrow so that means Jaroslov Halak will mind the net tonight (4-1-3 / 2.57GAA / .924SV%). Also Jack Studnicka will make his NHL debut coming up from the Providence Bruins.

Game starts: 6PM- Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada- Tune in to NESN.

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Smart Wills The C’s To A Win

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… Marcus Smart is, and has been for a while, the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. Last night with Kemba, Hayward and Theis out, he willed this team to a win. 

Marcus shot 7-12 from the field and finished with 17 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 steals and a block . On a night where the C’s two main ball handlers/distributors were out, they desperately needed someone to run the offense and boy did Smart step up. From no look passes to taking his man off the dribble to the cup, he truly did it all last night. His defense, as always was impeccable. He caused two 24-second violations and at one point was manned-up against the Kings’ center and had him absolutely locked down. I mean, who else in this league can not only guard 1 through 5 but can actually lock them up? Not many. For some reason, Marcus doesn’t get the recognition he deserves nationally but here in Boston we know what he brings to the floor every night and we love him for it. 

With under a minute to go in a tie game, he took his man off a pick and roll and hit a fade-away to put the C’s up 2. A couple of possessions later, he put his head down and went to the cup with a beautiful spin and lay in to again give the Celts the lead. On the ensuring Sacramento possession, he stole the ball and drew the foul which resulted in a side out. 

He always brings the intensity on defense but last night he brought efficient offense to the dance and in that 4th quarter willed his undermanned team to a win. How lucky we are to get to watch this guy play his heart out every night.

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Pats vs ‘Boys: Hopes and Expectations

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If the Pats want to go 5 wide today, it’s going to look something like N’Keal Harry/Edelman/White/Jakobi Meyers/Matthew Slater.  As for the passing game in general, knowing what we know of Tom Brady, Edelman will see more throws than everyone else combined except James White whom you should start on your fantasy team.  This is a James White game.


Cowboys are 7th in Pass Defense and 15th in Run defense.  James White and his understudy, Rex Burkhead are going to be active in the flats.  They will also take their shots running at the right side of the Dallas line. Dallas #58, Quinn and #99 Woods have been particularly generous to opposing runners.  Now, the question is can the Pats come up with a formation that gets those blockers off the line. Isaiah Wynn if finally back!!!!! I mean anything he has is better than the turnstyle before him right?  

In terms of the Pats passing game, aside from the beating Edelman is going to take today with the absence of Sanu; TB is going to have to forgive all the errors in practice from the kids.  Let’s take N’Keal out for a spin today and stretch him out a little. Let’s forgive Meyers turning the wrong way last week and be confident he won’t do it this time. After all, most, if not all of TB’s 5 INTs were on him and not his target.  Time to give them the benefit of the doubt. Meyers is the guy who can take the load off of JE and JW. Stick with the short stuff. Set up up for that TE go route where Watson can grab his one catch up the field for 25 and some YAC. See if N’Keal is up for a long sideline back shoulder for 30 and YAC. 

Otherwise, you are at home, which is the biggest advantage of all.  Keep it simple game manager.

Defense have their hands full.  Wicked full.

Remember the Ravens game?  This QB is better at that type of game.  Deatrich Wise is on the the spot this week as he has got to establish that edge and seal it off.  Think about it. Prescott and Elliott back there on every play. Yikes. On whom do you spy? It’s not like you can afford a Safety here or linebacker there when you are looking at a 11 personnel consisting of WR Amari Cooper, Micheal Gallup, Randall Cobb with the aging Jason Witten.  Hoodie usually likes to double elite receivers and put Gilmore on the second biggest threat. I think this week they will mostly have Gilmore on Cooper depending on the situation. Instead of doubling up any of the receivers, I look for the Pats to employ a spy on (D.McCourty/ Collins) on Prescott. 

With the #1 Passing Offense, Dallas should expect NE to be looking to shut down Cooper.  The Pats run defense isn’t as terrible as the the fellowship of the miserable might have you believe (#10th in the NFL).  I think the Pats would be happy taking away Cooper, trying to minimize big plays from Elliot and leave Zac with dunks and sideline stuff. 

Oh, let’s hope this glorious New England weather holds up because our QB and Savior doesn’t lose when the ball is wet.  Let’s see how that indoor team with the explosive offense plays with wet wicks. I like the Patriots in this one.

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Week 12: New England Patriots (9-1) V.s. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)

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Here we go! Week 12 of 17 for the regular season, and this is going to be quite the match up! Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys coming into Foxborough to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots! This may just be the game of the day. Lock the doors, get the gameday food on the table and buckle up! This is what you at home need to know:

Dallas Cowboys: With what could possibly be a dynamic duo between having Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot on the same offense how will the Patriots defense stop such talent? There is just endless options for the Dallas offense, whether if it is throw the ball down the field and out of coverage, or run the ball on the inside, outside to edge the defensive ends. Even with Dallas having so many options to have an explosive offensive day they have one little road block… New England Defense.

New England Defenseman: Gilmore, Van Noy, Hightower, and the McCourty brothers have been in these situations many of times. We are perhaps looking at the best New England Defense in the past decade. They have been unstoppable with 37 sacks and 11 fumble recoveries. The seasons far from over so expect to see those numbers bump up just a little bit higher. Tom Brady having a defense is always key to having a great offensive day. As they always say “Defense Wins Chanpionships.”

New England Offense: Tom Brady and company look to get another win on the books today. But how can they do that? Major thing this season thus far and it’s been hurting quite a bit is the penalties. Offensive line need to stay mentally strong and not jump the line! Not hold an opponent by the jersey! Silly things like that. Another key factor is catching the ball. Players like Julian Edelman, Mohammed Sanu, etc. have been dropping perfectly thrown passes. They need to hold onto the ball, bottom line.

Game starts today at 4:25PM- As always. Let’s Go Patriots!

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Bruins Look To Extend Win Streak, Let’s Get Wild!

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The Boston Bruins (14-3-5) look to keep their streak alive, but so don’t the Minnesota Wild (9-11-2). With both teams on a winning streak who is most likely to have theirs end tonight?

With Tuukka Rask coming in tonight’s game with what is possibly the save of year against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night, let’s hope that transfers over into tonight’s game. Keeping the momentum going.

For the Minnesota Wild not having Devan Dubnyk (Out for a family situation) they look to Kaapo Kahkonen from Iowa to step in and take care of business. In 10 games at the AHL level, Kahkonen is 7-2-2 with a 2.47 GAA and a .909 SV%.

David Pastrnak having an absolutely stunning season also looks to extend being the leader in the NHL for goals. On the season he has 20 Goals along with 16 Assists in just 22 Games Played. Some of Pastrnak success comes with help from his line mates Brad Marchand (15 Goals/ 22 Assists) and Patrice Bergeron (8 Goals/ 12 Assists). Bergeron coming back from an injury is something to look out for and even while being out, hopefully he can start putting up some more points and boost his stats.

Tune into NESN- 7PM

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Patriots Best Weapon is… A Running Back?

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As the days get colder, snowier, and more miserable I’ve never felt older. Sore, tired, creaky. Just getting out of bed each day is a sad combination of pain and a miracle.  With all that said, I’m younger than Tom Brady. He’s been a pro for most of my adult life.

So as we grow older, we need our shortcuts. We’ve been around long enough to know how to cut corners and still get by. I guess in sports, this can be a  kind of safety blanket.

For 2 years now I’ve been convinced that James White is that safety blanket for Brady. By the eye test the offense runs smoother when White is on the field. Maybe it’s because he’s used during the 2-minute offense, or maybe because he’s on the field when Brady spreads it out.

To me it really seems that White is the best choice when you don’t want to seem predicable.  But what do the numbers say?

So I did what nerds do, I made a spreadsheet. I included the top 4 in touches. And they’re also 4 of the top 5 in total yards, with Dorsett 3rd over Burkhead.

In this spreadsheet I listed some relevant stats. Snaps, rush attempts, targets, reception, catch %, rush yards, rec yards, total yards, rushing first downs, receiving first downs, total first downs, rushing TDs, receiving TDs, total TDs.

I then ranked them in how many categories they came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Not very scientific but here’s what I see. Edelman is the clear leader in receiving stats, and Sony in rushing. No surprises there. But White came in 2nd in 9 categories. Edelman is 1st in 8, but that’s because he’s the only receiver on the list. But both him and Jules have 10 categories in either 1st or 2nd. It’s nice to have a great receiver but to quote a great commercial “Why not both?”.

The thing that makes White more valuable is the cornucopia of looks he can give you and the diverse ways he can contribute. I’m not gonna lie. I expected White to have more first down. And Burkhead has much higher averages than I expected.

Last year with Gronk on the roster, the Pats had the luxury to pick and choose moments with White on the field, but with no Gronk, White’s role should be elevated. Gronk is historically a tough matchup for defenses, but now that he’s gone White leaves the hardest matchup for defenses.

Brady is well known for his work ethic. He works harder than anyone else. Not to mention TB12 and his newer methods. But as we get older we need to “work smarter not harder” if we want to last. And while it’s not rocket science, having White on the field more is the smart way to go. Besides all the looks and mismatches he can give, just having that safety blanket Brady can dump off to should keep him on his feet more.

Alright, time for me to ice up.

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Two Game Home Stand: Buffalo Comes To Town

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Our Boston Bruins (13-3-5) return home after defeating the New Jersey Devils 5-3 last Tuesday night to face Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres (10-8-3). Seeing how we have home ice it should be an easy game, Right? The Sabres are a team we shouldn’t be sleeping on for multiple reasons and why they have a good chance of making a run for playoff contention down the road:

1.) We share the same division! While the Boston Bruins are #1 in the Atlantic with 31 Pts, Buffalo is not to far behind with 23. Its important to maintain the lead we have, and play intelligently.

2.) Jack Eichel is dangerous! We all know this, we have seen him play, the highlights, the stats. We know what he can do. But aside from Eichel they (Buffalo Sabres) have other players such as Jeff Skinner, Sam Reinhart, and Ex- Bruins player Colin Miller who have potential to put up points.

3.) With Patrice Bergeron possibly returning to the line up tonight what does that mean for David Krejci who has been stepping up and playing the same line with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand? With Bergeron’s absence, and Krejci really filling in a big pair of shoes it goes to show that the talent we have on the Boston Bruins travels through all four lines. I have confidence in any line we put out there on the ice, and they will give it all they got. No doubt about it.

Tonight’s game is 7:00PM at the TD Garden- As always feel free to chime in while you’re watching the game. Lets get some talking going on, weather if its over priced beer, or simply stats. 

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Bruins Look To Get Back On Track

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Boston Bruins (12-3-5) travel to face the New Jersey Devils (7-8-4). While the Bruins are going through some struggles and trying to get all their players healthy, New Jersey hopes to get the winning streak rolling with two in a row thus far.

With Tuukka Rask in the net tonight, lets hope he can pull of a great performance like he did on October 12th against the Devils with a perfect 0.00 GAA allowing no goals. Not to mention goals from Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Joakim Nordstrom to get the win 3-0.

Major key for tonight’s game, and a pattern we have all been seeing is giving up third period goals. I cant even stress enough on how that is our biggest killer. That’s the main reason right now the Boston Bruins are losing as much as they are, is because of late goals. On top of allowing the late goals the need to tighten up and play more conservative when the time comes. 

On top of the Bruins playing the Devils tonight, that’s just the beginning of a long week the Bruins face. With a game on Thursday at TD Garden against the Buffalo Sabres (10-7-3) and another game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild (7-11-2). Look out for some fatigue in the players, because its going to get busy. 

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The One Who Got Away: Mookie Betts

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Some may say, “We dont need Mookie, we can trade up to acquire someone who has more time or some who can play equally as good.” That might be true and in a managers point of view could make for a blockbuster trade. But what about what the fans, people who goto Fenway to go see that “one” player feel? To me Mookie Betts will always be a Red Sox.

When I see Mookie Betts, the player that I could compare him to is Red Sox great Manny Ramirez. Sure Manny will be Manny but you compare the numbers Mookie fits right in the shoes and I understand players will come and go but you hate to see some of them leave.

What I am hoping for and what I’m sure the Red Sox Nation hope for is that this off season, President Chaim Bloom can dig us out of the hole Ex- President Dave Dombrowski got us into and make the moves necessary to make the Mookie Betts trade worth while along with other moves.

Along with losing Mookie Betts, and talks about possibly losing Jackie Bradley Jr., and Brock Holt already looking to leave how are we going to get that “All Star” outfield we are accustomed to? Who is able to fill in those key spots? Not to mention restructuring our bull pen? With this off season we can only hope and pray that Chaim Bloom is our man and is able to make the deals to get our beloved Red Sox back on track to winning another World Series.

During this off season be sure to keep track with our stories and feel free to discuss and talk about it with us in depth.

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