Bruins visit Newtown, Sound Tigers host You can Play Night, Matteau’s jump from NTDP to NHL and more


Tyler Seguin was one of a number of Boston Bruins to pay a visit to Newtown, Conn. (Dan4th Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

Tyler Seguin was one of a number of Boston Bruins to pay a visit to Newtown, Conn. (Dan4th Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

Members of the Boston Bruins visited Newtown, Conn. on Monday to help support the community that was devistated by the unthinkable tragedy that took place in mid-December. It was an off-day for the Bruins who flew down on owner Jeremy Jacobs’ jet and spent the day playing floor hockey with residents and signing autographs.

Click on the link to read more from Greg Wyshynski on Puck Daddy as well as view stories from WEEI and The Boston Herald.

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The American League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers will host You Can Play Night when they take on the Manchester Monarchs Saturday night according to a release on their website. You Can Play Project co-founder Patrick Burke will be on hand for a pre-game discussion and question-and-answer session during this first-of-its-kind event in the AHL.

The night will begin at 5:30. Click on the link to information on buying tickets.

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In just one season, Setfan Matteau has made the jump from the United States League’s U.S. National Team Development Program to the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. Jim Hague discusses Matteau on the U.S. NTDP’s official website and how the 2012 first-round draft choice (29th overall) credits the NTDP for allowing him to be the third-youngest player to suit up for a game this season. As he told Hague:

“It really meant a lot to me,” said Matteau, who played with the NTDP for two seasons, scoring 15 goals in 46 games last year and tallying four goals in 28 games in 2010-11. “I was a 17-year-old kid playing against some of the best [NCAA] Division I players, some of whom were like 25-years-old. To be with the best players in my age group, playing on a national level was really great. It definitely got me ready for what I’m doing now. It felt good to be on that team for two years, and I was able to wear the Team USA sweater for two years. It was a great honor and I was really proud of it.”

Playing with the older guys as a teenager has allowed him to adapt to the NHL quickly and he has earned the attention and respect of his coach Peter DeBoer. Said DeBoer:

“What I like about him is that he’s not overwhelmed by this all. There’s a quiet confidence about him. I think that comes from being around his father and being around NHL locker rooms all his life. He’s comfortable with this environment, and that’s a lot easier said than done.”

So far he has played nine of 15 games for the Devils this season after spending the lockout with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior League. Matteau has one goal, two points and a plus-3 this season with just two PIM.

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As a backup this year, Ray Emery is 5-0 with a .929 sv% and 2.17 GAA. (Leech44/Wikimedia Commons)

As a backup this year, Ray Emery is 5-0 with a .929 sv% and 2.17 GAA. (Leech44/Wikimedia Commons)

Unless they split the games evenly, backup goalies don’t often provide a lot of incentive from a fantasy perspective. But James O’Brien of takes a look at a few backup goalies with some fantasy value. Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth, Toronto’s Ben Scrivens, Ottawa’s Ben Bishop, Chicago’s Ray Emery and St. Louis’ Jake Allen have all had a chance to play somewhat regularly this season due to injuries to starting netminders and have posted very good numbers, enough to drop your goals-against average and raise your save percentage if your goalies have been struggling this year.

Check out the link to see which ones O’Brien believes are the best bets to pick up.

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Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi has been fined $8,108.11 for his high-stick on Kyle Quincey of the Red Wings according to TSN. As a first-time offender, the maximum he could be fined was one-half of his daily salary.

He initially received a double-minor for high-sticking on the play.

See the incident on YouTube here.


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