Fresh Links: Reilled Up Edition

Reilly Smith continues to impress - Joel Auerbach

Reilly Smith has been a pleasant surprise, and the Bruins rotate players into the roster as they prepare to face the Sabres.

The Boston Bruins meet the Sabres in Buffalo tomorrow night at 8pm, coverage by NBCSN. 

  •  Reilly Smith has something happily in common with Gregory Campbell, and Smith has earned his second line spot. [MassLive]
  • Chad Johnson may well get the nod in net tomorrow, but that doesn't mean the Bruins underestimate the Sabres. [BostonHerald]
  • Zdeno Chara took 30 stitches to close a gash in the Colorado Avalanche game on the 10th, and continues to heal. Jordan Caron is likely to be the healthy scratch on Wednesday against the Sabres. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Sadly, it is still all about Milan Lucic for the Sabres in this week's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game (and this NHL promotion has been dubbed "the hottest new brand in sports" by Forbes...) [WNYPapers]
  • The Bruins' player rotation has been necessary so far, and has even brought benefits. [EnterpriseNews]
  • Godspeed former Bruin and Hall of Fame defenseman Allan "Snowshoes" Stanley. [Examiner]

Elsewhere around the ice: 

  • Mind over goalposts... Ryan Miller is reaping benefits from a new mental focus. [BuffaloHockeyBeat]
  • Boston is supposed to be Tampa Bay's greatest rival? Not so fast, there... [RawCharge]
  • Roster Watch... who is trending up or down for Team Canada, and other observations on players around the NHL. [EdmontonJournal]
  • It looks line the Department of Player Safety is reaching a level of consistency. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Lest we forget what's at stake... a sobering slide show of NHLers whose careers were cut short by concussion. [SportsIllustrated]
  • What are YOU watching tonight? The Battle of Cole Harbour? The debut of Freddie Hamilton (older brother of Bruin Dougie Hamilton) with the Sharks? [PuckDaddy]
  • Are the better NHL teams getting better and the lesser ones getting worse? One man crunches the numbers for you. [HockeyBuzz]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his 30 Thoughts, and weighs in on how the "loser point" has changed the game. [CBCSports]
  • Read an excerpt from "The Game" by Ken Dryden about a day with the Stanley Cup. [Grantland]

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