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The Little Ball of Hate is baaaack, and ain't it grand?

Brad Marchand, as the Good Brat
Brad Marchand, as the Good Brat
Jared Wickerham

<p><b>The Bruins remain at leisure until the Saturday matinee in Philadelphia against the Flyers, 1pm.</b></p>

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<li> The Brad Marchand we saw perplexing the Kings to score a shorthanded goal had been MIA on the scoreboard for a while. He is now making his own luck. [<a href="http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140122/BLOGS/140129003/11523/SPORTS">MilfordDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Marchand seems to have found his game again, which should be entertaining. (Video, 1:49) [<a href="http://nesn.com/2014/01/brad-marchand-silencing-critics-with-his-play-video/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Now leading the Bruins in goals, Marchand hopefully can kiss the long drought goodbye just as he mockingly kissed his Stanley Cup ring in Vancouver. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2014/01/22/new-year-brings-out-the-best-in-brad-marchand/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> Since the loss of Dennis Seidenberg, other Bruins defensemen have fallen to injury. To shore up the blueline, here's who might be trade bait and which veteran defensemen might be good targets. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/23/bruins-targeting-help-defense/xlGPTOsone0v6xKSHDm9vM/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> This morning, and for the third time this season, Zach Trotman has been called up from Providence. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2014/01/23/bruins-recall-zach-trotman/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Kevan Miller has earned confidence and has been rewarded with ice time, and says the final minutes of the game are "(his) power play." [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140122/SPORTS/140128717/12349/SPORTS/?tag=1">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Miller's good news may well mean ch-ch-ch-changes for a teammate. [<a href="http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Ty-Anderson/Will-the-Miller-extension-force-someone-out/141/57418">Hockeybuzz</a>]</li>

<li> This NHL power ranking asserts that the Bruins' recent performance demonstrates no need for desperation or sudden roster moves. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/power-rankings-ducks-finally-lose-at-home-but-still-on-top/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

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<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink: </b></p>

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<li> Bob Miller, the announcer's voice of the Mighty Ducks movies, talks about his Hollywood experience, the hatching of the Anaheim Ducks, and concocting a fictitious Bruins play-by-play for "Cheers" character Eddie LeBec. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/22/qa-hockey-hall-of-famer-bob-miller-talks-mighty-ducks-movies-cheers-and-stadium-series/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Why the Hartford Whalers left Connecticut, and might an NHL team be interested in a return to the Nutmeg State? [<a href="http://www.foothillsmediagroup.com/articles/2014/01/22/opinion/doc52dd4e4376044234807411.txt">FarmingtonValleyTimes</a>]</li>

<li> Nathan Gerbe potted a Tomas Hertl-esque goal (and Anton Khudobin got the win in goal) as the Carolina Hurricanes dropped the Philadelphia Flyers last night. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nathan-gerbe-goes-between-legs-goal-candidate-video-004019378--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Here are the likely Stanley Cup contenders, organized as current Oscar-nominated movies for your amusement. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/the-stanley-cup-contenders-if-they-were-oscar-nominated-movies/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Sochi raises some unique security concerns and risks. So far, about 30% of event tickets are still available. [<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/22/travel/sochi-olympics-security-travel/">CNN</a>]</li>

<li> Will the "November 1st" rule of thumb apply to this year's NHL standings? What factors may make this year different? [<a href="http://www.thestarphoenix.com/sports/theory+merit+usually/9420209/story.html">TheStarPhoenix</a>]</li>

<li> And you thought Nike's Olympic hockey jerseys were remarkable... get a load of Team Norway's curling uniforms! [<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/01/22/for-sochi-olympics-norwegian-curling-team-sports-medal-worthy-uniforms-2/">WallStreetJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Sportsmanship. At a Minnesota Bantam tournament, a defenseman was pressed into service as an emergency goalie.  Equipment was loaned, and the opposing team's netminder offered quick tutorials to help. [<a href="http://minnesotahockeymag.com/2014/01/16/going-above-and-beyond/">MinnesotaHockeyMag</a>]</li>

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