BOSTON – Just a sampling of random thoughts.
The Bruins have a small army of media members, due in large part to one of the most spacious press setups in the National Hockey League. And with the Wings making their first trip to Boston since the 2008-09 season, a crowd of reporters quickly hovered around Nicklas Lidstrom following Detroit’s morning skate.
“It’s exciting to play one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference,” Lidstrom said. “It is a good measuring stick for us.”
While Todd Bertuzzi autographed a stick and Kris Draper chatted with a little guest to our locker room, Bruins play-by-play voice Jack Edwards had a pair of students from his Alma mater, the University of New Hampshire shadowing him. Meanwhile, Patrick Eaves and Jimmy Howard answer questions about playing at Boston College and the University of Maine.
Mike Babcock, as you can expect, waxed poetically about the Red Wings recent struggles as only he could. He also offered high praise for Patrice Bergeron, whom he had the pleasure of coaching to an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver.
Tomas Holmstrom’s hand is feeling better by the day, and he has a big fan in Bruins forward Blake Wheeler, who came to admire the Swede’s work while at the University of Minnesota. It was there that assistant coach John Hill would show the Golden Gophers clips of Holmstrom mucking it up in the crease, citing him as an example for doing the little things correctly.
And a day after Ray Allen hits the most overhyped three-pointer in NBA history, Jiri Hudler throws a hockey tape airball from his locker to the trash can eight feet away. I offered him another shot. He opted to dunk the tape instead.
Jimmy Howard gets the call between the pipes for Mike Babcock’s club, some 48 hours after giving up four goals in 16 shots against Nashville. Tuukka Rask was not on the ice this morning, but is expected to get the start for the Bruins. The club does not announce its starting goaltender until game time.