Boston Bruins early morning ice time – October 7, 2017 edition

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 8: A lone fan sits in the stands with Stanley Cup banners hanging above as the Boston Bruins practice at Warrior Arena with new coach Bruce Cassidy on Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 8: A lone fan sits in the stands with Stanley Cup banners hanging above as the Boston Bruins practice at Warrior Arena with new coach Bruce Cassidy on Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /
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The Boston Bruins opened the season on Thursday, but don’t play again until Monday.  Even with the 3 day lay-off over the weekend, the hockey world still goes ’round.

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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 11: Torey Krug /
  • It turns out that the initial 3 week timeline for Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was extremely conservative.  Krug was being re-evaluated yesterday to see if he would be available for Monday’s game.  CBS Sports
  • Wanna learn more about rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy?  The 19-year old showed what he could do in last year’s playoffs and the first game on Thursday.  Here’s an in depth piece on his background.  New York Times
  • Brandon Carlo is one of the many players in what has been dubbed the “youth movement” in Boston.  While his game might not be flashy like David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, or Anders Bjork, he’s hoping he can be a key piece for the Bruins this season.  Sporting News
  • The Bruins made the postseason last year after a two-year absence.  Fans are hoping the team can build on last year’s successes.  What does the team have to do to get back to the playoffs this year.  Boston.com

Around the league…

NEWARK, NJ – SEPTEMBER 18: Nathan Walker
NEWARK, NJ – SEPTEMBER 18: Nathan Walker /
  • Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker will make history today just by stepping on the ice.  He will officially become the first Australian to play in the NHL.  The News & Observer
  • It’s now officially official, there is an NHL team in Las Vegas!  The Golden Knights opened up their first regular season in organization history against the Dallas Stars.  And thanks to the “Real Deal” James Neal and a stellar performance from Marc-Andre Fleury, the team picked up the first win in club history.  Vegas Hockey Knight
  • Josh Ho-Sang was probably looking forward to creating headlines about his play this season, rather than his decision to wear #66.  He’s one of the best young players on the New York Islanders team, but found himself a healthy scratch for the first game of the season last night.  NHL on NBC
  • Speaking of the Islanders, Sergei Bobrovsky decided he wanted to remind the league why he won the Vezina Trophy last season.  Bob and the Blue Jackets blanked the Isles, 5-0 at home to start their season.  Union and Blue
  • Yesterday’s edition of early morning ice brought up that Ovechkin netted a hat trick the previous night.  What was overlooked is that Brandon Saad also had a hat trick, totaling 4 hat tricks in two nights of NHL action.  It was the first time 4 different players at hat tricks in season openers since 1917.  USA Today
  • Just a few days after claiming Boston Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban off waivers, the Vegas Golden Knights traded away Calvin Pickard to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Pickard was the Colorado Avalanche player selected by Vegas in the expansion draft.  NHL.com