Bruce Cassidy returns to Boston to play NHL’s ‘best team right now’


Cassidy returns to Boston to play on ‘best NHL team right now’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

BOSTON. How much does Monday night’s game against the Boston Bruins mean to the Vegas Golden Knights?

Well, they had head coach Bruce Cassidy leading the stretch after the morning ride. Is the coach in the lead? You don’t see that often.

When was the last time Cassidy did this?

“Oh, never, I don’t think so,” he said. “It was hard to get down there with that fake knee and hip, but I did it.”

Monday night’s game promises to be an emotional couple of hours for Cassidy, who has had five-plus successful seasons as Bruins head coach. before leaving in May. He quickly got back on his feet and was hired by the Golden Knights, who enter the game with a Western Conference-best record of 18-7-1.

Is there an extra push for Cassidy getting into this game? If there is, he does not tell us.

“I do not play. I think players go through this a lot more often,” Cassidy explained. — I saw it with Jack (Achel) at Buffalo. I see it with different players coming home. I think it’s a little different with coaches. You’re just trying to make a game plan and give them as much information as they need without overwhelming them. They don’t want to hear everything about Boston, we’re a pretty good team ourselves. They just want to hear the coach give them a plan on how best to beat them and that’s where we’ll focus.

“In terms of (extra) juice, we are competitive coaches. We want to win every game, right? Most coaches, when they return, want to do their best. “Hey, we’re a pretty good team too,” and let the chips fall where they can.

A diplomatic response from Cassidy, but let’s be honest: a victory for the Golden Knights. could be without their best player Jack Achel due to injury – this ends the Bruins’ record unbeaten streak early in the season at the Garden (14-0-0) and will be a damn good homecoming for Cassidy.

“They have the best record in the NHL. Your record is your team, so we’re playing with the best team right now,” Cassidy said.

“After the game is over we will see where we need to be better and see where we are good. That’s how I look at it with teams like Boston, New Jersey, we played Seattle, who plays well, forward down the list. It’s too early to say, so to speak, ‘the stick game’, but I think it’s a fair statement.”

Cassidy brings a ‘fresh voice’ to first-place Golden Knights team

Golden Knights is no stranger to iconic games and meaningful homecomings. They defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime on the road on November 8, marking the 700th career game of Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez. Two days later, Vegas defeated the Buffalo Sabers 7-4 in Eichel’s second game, where he began his NHL career.

The Golden Knights are hoping for a similar result on Monday when Cassidy returns to the building where he nearly won the Stanley Cup in 2019 and has many great memories.

“We’re a tight-knit group,” Smith said of the Golden Knights. “We like to play for each other. We sincerely love to spend time with each other on the rink and away from the rink. When an important important game is scheduled, I think everyone comes together and it will be another game for our group.”