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Followers watching tonight’s Backyard conflict between the Bruins and Kings are suggested to maintain a detailed eye on Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty — as a result of in doing so, they could simply be seeing the way forward for B’s blueliner Charlie McAvoy.
After a gritty 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on the Backyard Thursday, the Bruins will attempt to construct on that effort vs. a comparable large and heavy foe within the streaking Kings — who come to city with a Western Convention-leading Eight-1-1 report.
It’ll be enjoyable to see the battle-within-the-battle: Doughty vs. McAvoy.
At age 19, with simply eight regular-season NHL video games below his belt, McAvoy is already contributing at a excessive degree (objective, six assists) — and he has loads of room to enhance. And Doughty is off to a different splendid begin, with eight factors and a plus-11 in 10 video games.
As McAvoy learns and watches different puck-moving defensemen across the league, you may wager the 27-year-old Doughty is without doubt one of the guys he's emulating. Doughty is about the identical measurement as McAvoy, with good mobility, wonderful puck abilities, elite ice imaginative and prescient and the persistence and poise to make good selections.
“He’s positively somebody I look as much as,” stated McAvoy. “He’s an outstanding participant. If I can proceed to possibly attempt to seize sure facets of his sport, I’ll be a greater participant for it.
I feel the most effective facets of being a very good puck-moving defenseman (is) having that persistence and poise to your sport, to have your head up and search for the ice — do a primary examine, second examine, discover the choices, and have the persistence and poise possibly to attend for an choice to open up that wasn’t there earlier than.”
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy likes Doughty as a participant — and appreciated the comparability to his rookie blueliner.
“It’s a good comparability,” stated Cassidy. “They’re bodily constructed equally, (with) related kinds of play, the place they'll log plenty of minutes and get higher because the video games go on. Each (are) good offensive gamers — not dominant like (Ottawa’s Erik) Karlsson — however good offensive gamers. And may play a matchup position.
“So, yeah, I feel it’s truthful. With Charlie, we’re getting forward of ourselves a bit bit. But when he can have that kind of profession, that might be superior.”
McAvoy understands that defensemen on this position — and there have been many all through NHL historical past, actually together with Bruins greats like Bobby Orr, Brad Park and Ray Bourque — can management a complete sport.
“You have a look at Karlsson, (Pittsburgh’s Kris) Letang, Doughty, all these guys have breakouts second to none,” stated McAvoy. “They'll break the puck out by themselves. They’re simply sport changers. They management the sport, they actually handle it. That’s one thing I’ve spoken to some veteran gamers about — about being a sport supervisor, actually dictating the play.
“(Doughty) has form of achieved the label that I need to have over my profession: Being an entire defenseman, with the ability to kill penalties, play energy play, play plenty of minutes each evening and be dependable and accountable and contribute all around the ice. He’s made that identify, that popularity that he can exit and do this.”
McAvoy is simply beginning, possibly, to construct the identical form of popularity.
Bruins notes
Goaltender Tuukka Rask, having missed the final three video games on account of a concussion suffered in observe final week, is anticipated to return to the nets tonight. He stated yesterday the choice to carry him out of Thursday’s sport even after he was medically cleared to play was a sensible one.
“Yeah, I feel so,” stated Rask. “You already know what? (Yesterday) feels regular, which is a extremely good signal. The previous couple of days, I used to be nonetheless extra drained than typical in observe. Now, after three practices, I really feel again to regular. (Thursday’s 2-1 win vs. San Jose) wasn’t the simplest sport for Dobie (Anton Khudobin). I'd have been useless drained, for certain, if I performed that sport.” …
Heart David Krejci (again) stays off the ice. He is not going to play tonight and could be very uncertain for Monday’s sport in Columbus vs. the Blue Jackets. …
Winger Noel Acciari (damaged finger) continues to be weeks away, however resumed skating yesterday — permitting him to remain in respectable form because the harm heals.
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