Last Skate of the Day, January 6th, 2014


Tomorrow Hockey Canada will announce their selections for the 2014 Olympic team. Several Boston Bruins are in the running. Patrice Bergeron is a likely selection, and Milan Lucic may earn himself a spot with his strong season. One thing is for certain, Team Canada will certainly be more circumspect and quiet than the Team USA. Read some of the opinions of the NBC team and see if their opinions match up with yours (Pro Hockey Talk)

Things aren’t looking good for Bruins forward Jordan Caron. He has had a lackluster season in Boston, and when his play was starting to warrant a permanent assignment, he’s struck with another injury. With Caron out(again), the Bruins once again will call up Justin Florek. Florek impressed the Bruins organization with his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets. While Florek will likely return to the AHL after this three game stretch in California, he’s got a chance to make a solid impression on the fourth line again. (CSNNE)

Ex-Bruin goaltender Anton Khudobin has a perfect record in NHL play this season. Granted he’s a good goaltender, but he’s been injured for the majority of the season. With Cam Ward now hurt, it may fall on the recently healthy Khudobin to turn the Carolina Hurricane’s fortunes around. (Rotoworld)

The staff at Yahoo Sports have compiled (in their opinion) the list of the best players in hockey at the halfway mark of the season. They believe that Ryan Miller is the best goaltender in the NHL. No, I’m serious. However, we can forgive them for this for they believe that Tuukka Rask is in the top three, and that Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug are the best in their class in certain categories. Find out what classes and who else made the list here. (Yahoo Sports)

Finally, if NESN announced the winner of the 7th Player Award tomorrow, a lot of people who love the Bruins would agree it should go to Reilly Smith. Smith, who seemed to be an add-on in the Seguin-Eriksson deal has just keeps wowing us with his performance this year. Here’s what we have to say about him. (Causeway Crowd)

Dec 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) skates in the offensive zone during the first period against the New York Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports