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Hitting The Links: Drilling For Oil Edition

The Boston Bruins take on the Edmonton Oilers for the only time this season tonight, and as usual the media is beating the obvious story to death: Taylor vs Tyler. Taylor vs Tyler. 

What will really be interesting will be to see the matchup between the teams' entire top lines. The Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Taylor Hall - Jordan Eberle line is impressive; will the Bruins be able to negate it? Nikolai Khabibulin's numbers are Tim Thomas-esque; will the Bruins be able to solve him? (For the record, Khabibulin is 6-10-3 in 20 career games against the Bruins, with a 3.00 GAA.)

After the jump, an AHL player avoids an earthquake, an OHL player (and Penguins draft pick) gets a 20-game suspension, the Lightning-Flyers game was a circus, and some Bruins stuff too, I guess.

Bruins News

  • Tim Thomas started a new foundation in his home state of Michigan designed to help his "fellow underdogs." [Mlive]
  • The Bruins are well aware of the Oilers' early season success, and they're not taking that team lightly. [Edmonton Journal]
  • They don't want to break their winning streak, but Edmonton is sort of good...time to step it up. [Patriot ledger]
  • Ray Bourque talks about Jarome Iginla and how their situations might soon be similar. [Sportsnet]
  • Providence goaltender Anton Khudobin has a new mask designed by the guys who made Tuukka Rask's. Of note is the Lokomotiv tribute on the back, as Khudobin was friends with Igor Korolev. [Something's Bruin]
  • Here's a fun piece from the Globe about where the Bruins like to eat around Boston. [Globe]

NHL News

  • That Flyers/Lightning game last night, oh man. The Flyers acted like total babies and just skated around in their own zone instead of attacking the Bolts' neutral zone 1-3-1. Remember, the same 1-3-1 that the Bruins took apart? Yeah. Here's video. [Youtube]
  • And a recap. [ESPN]
  • Here's a feature on Jaromir Jagr, who talks about his decision to return to the NHL and play in Philly. [NHL]
  • The Predators beat the Ducks last night, after a lot of trash-talking. [HNIN]
  • The Lightning's Mattias Ritola is headed for Sweden after clearing waivers. [Tampa Bay Online]
  • James Reimer's mom is worried that he might have a concussion. [Star]
  • Matt Frattin was in OKC to take on the Barons with the Toronto Marlies when he was called up....and he missed the semi-severe earthquake in Oklahoma by hours. Weird. [Hockey News]
  • Tom Kuhnhackl, a Penguins prospect, has been given 20 games for his hit on Ryan Murphy. Check out the hit here - do you think 20 games is too severe? [Buzzing the Net]