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Johnny Boychuk tells David Desharnais how much he enjoys playing the Canadiens
Johnny Boychuk tells David Desharnais how much he enjoys playing the Canadiens
Alex Trautwig

<b><p> Finally! The Bruins host the Canadiens tonight, 7pm.</b></p>

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<li> Tonight, tonight... the Bruins look to avenge the previous loss they took in in Montréal. [<a hrf="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/better_late_for_bruins_habs">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Boston is relatively rested and healthy, and rarin' to go. [<a href="http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20140129/SPORTS/140125551/2000/NEWS">EnterpriseNews</a>]</li>

<li> Recently the Bruins have been on a roll, and only four points separate the Habs from a playoff spot. [<a href="http://thespokedblog.com/bruins-keep-rolling/">TheSpokedBLog</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins vs. Habs matchup is a classic, but this year's Bruins team brings some new twists. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2014/01/29/bruins-match-up-well-vs-canadiens/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Just the facts... Bruins vs. Habs, by the numbers. [<a href="http://beta.thescore.com/news/420277">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins have answered Claude Julien's call to go into the Olympic break on a positive note. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/boston-bruins-accepted-julien-challenge-213000698--nhl.html">YahooSports</a>]</li>

<li> Chad Johnson has been seeing more playing time, and has looked strong. He'll take a Mexico trip over the Olympic break. Mum's the word on Adam McQuaid 's progress, hopefully no news is good news. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/30/chad-johnson-playing-more-and-playing-well/IoiQiEmStB5xLr2edlOmeO/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> It may be a relative sea of bleu, blanc, et rouge in TD Garden tonight, and sadly, it comes down to money. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140130/SPORTS/401300337">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Behind enemy lines: Here's where the Canadiens stand after their win over the Hurricanes, and as they prepare for the Bruins. (Video, 1:23) [<a href="http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Habs+prep+Bruins/9446540/story.html">MontrealGazette</a>]</li>

<li> Milan Lucic 's trainer in Vancouver is careful in his workout attire, as his son (now Lucic's friend and off-season training buddy) plays for the Canadiens. [<a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/sports/hockey/trainer-finds-himself-on-both-sides-of-canadiens-bruins-rivalry.html">TheNewYorkTimes</a>]</li>

<li> Revisit the watershed 2006 Bruins' draft class in hindsight, and re-sweat the near misses! [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/kirks/Boston_Bruins_Draft_Flashback-_2006">New England HockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Meanwhile, Ryan Spooner has returned to Providence with a short list of things to work on. He is still recovering from illness. [<a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/content/20140129-back-in-providence-spooner-knows-what-he-needs-to-work-on.ece">ProvidenceJournal</a>]</li>

<li> How about an outdoor Stadium Series Bruins game at Gillette? [<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2014/01/frozen_gillette_boston_bruins_in_running_for_outdoor_nhl_game_with_possible_game_in_foxborough_rathe.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Andrew Ference is hoping to return to the Oilers' lineup in time for Saturday's game in Boston, having suffered a concussion. [<a href="http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Edmonton+Oilers+Andrew+Ference+Ales/9446136/story.html">EdmontonJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Are you suffering from FOMOH (Fear of Missing Out on Hockey) over the Olympic break? Fear not! There will be Providence Bruins games and other Greater Boston Area options to help you through. [<a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/features/entertainment/content/20140130-ice-hockey-places-to-play-or-just-watch.ece">Providence Journal</a>]</li>

<li> Last night's NHL Rivalry Night at Dodger Stadium was confusing for NBC Sports, who are clearly more comfy with baseball. FAIL. [<a href="http://25stanley.com/mediafail-nbc-melange-les-rangers-et-les-yankees.html">25Stanley</a>]</li>

<li> Michael J. Fox was in attendance at Dodger Stadium, and spoke about ice skating to school and being a Bruins fan. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=702969">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Avoirdupois does not guarantee success. When ranked by "heaviness," here's where NHL teams fall. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/success-in-the-nhl-can-be-a-heavy-subject/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> In a very Forrest Gump-esque manner, Gary Bettman makes the rounds and has his picture taken with celebs at the NHL Stadium Series game in Los Angeles. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/gary-bettman-meets-kiss-greatest-picture-time-photo-023810856--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> The toughest players in hockey are willing to be first on the puck. Here's why. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/29/why-players-willing-to-be-first-in-on-the-puck-are-the-toughest-in-the-hockey/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

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