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Prop open your eyelids and pour yourself a steaming cup of LET'S GO BRUINS!

Anze Kopitar defending against Milan Lucic
Anze Kopitar defending against Milan Lucic
Jeff Gross

<p><b>Tonight the Los Angeles Kings host the Boston Bruins at 10:30pm. </b></p>

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<li> Regrettable for Brad Marchand is the fact that he obviously has no good name to call on if there is any question of intent in an official's mind. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/forgettable-start-west-coach-trip-boston-bruins-brad-175700058--nhl.html">YahooSports</a>]</li>

<li> On a happier note, Loui Eriksson has been cleared for contact, and is possibly ready to be in the lineup as soon as San Jose on Saturday. Shawn Thornton will be available to return against the Sharks. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/bruins_loui_eriksson_nearly_ready">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> A silver lining? Since his own return from concussion, Daniel Paille has been on a scoring streak. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2014/01/08/daniel-paille-scorching-since-return-from-concussion/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> The loss of Dennis Seidenberg may directly affect Tuukka Rask's performance, and possibly his Vezina candidacy. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/01/08/how-much-does-losing-dennis-seidenberg-hurt-tuuk">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> So far, word is that Rask is the netminder to beat for the Vezina. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=699713">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Milan Lucic will swallow his disappointment at not making the Team Canada roster and use the Olympic break for rest and recharging. If called upon as an injury replacement, he will be glad to go. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/09/milan-lucic-shrugs-off-team-canada-miss/916wJAK3IvYnjJx6DNajvK/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> COLLECT ALL THE GERMAN DEFENSEMEN! Might Peter Chiarelli be considering a move for Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff? [<a href="http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Rumor-Update-On-OReilly-for-Gardiner-Gagner-for-Enroth-Bruins/1/57038">HockeyBuzz</a>]</li>

<li> To the surprise of no one, Zdeno Chara has been named captain of Team Slovakia. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/08/chara-named-slovakian-olympic-captain/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Have you seen Episode #7 of "Behind the B" yet? It is poignant how hard it is for the injured Bruins to keep their spirits up as they are sidelined. [<a href="http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=1405&id=531521&lang=en&navid=DL|BOS|home">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Why Finland won the World Junior Championship and will next rule the world: dogged training. (Video, 1:57) [<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr9f7VNqCxk">YouTube</a>]</li>

<li> A sweet gesture by the Fairmont Winnipeg to congratulate Steven Stamkos upon being named to Team Canada. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/did-steven-stamkos-making-team-canada-free-cake-141216468--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> An anti-NCAA bias may have hamstrung Team Canada when compiling their World Junior Championship roster. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/canada-simply-not-good-enough-at-wjhc/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> The LA Kings mascot, Bailey, for the win with Kiss' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. [<a href="https://twitter.com/LAKings/status/420753152447504385/photo/1">@LAKings</a>]</li>

<li> Just the facts- which teams are favored statistically at Sochi? [<a href="http://www.fiveforhowling.com/2014/1/7/5286390/which-olympic-hockey-team-do-the-analytics-favor">FiveForHowling</a>]</li>

<li> Three NHL teams will send 10 players each to Sochi. [<a href="http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/01/07/ten-st-louis-blues-players-will-be-going-to-sochi-for-olympics/">EdmontonJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Hmmmmm... a new 20,000 seat arena project has been approved in Las Vegas. Can an NHL team be far behind? [<a href="http://www.8newsnow.com/story/24396547/commission-approves-land-use-plans-for-arena-in-vegas">8NewsNow</a>]</li>

<li> And cheers to the AHL, which sends 149 alumni to the Olympics this year. [<a href="http://theahl.com/olympic-rosters-feature-149-ahl-alumni-p189658">TheAHL</a>]</li>

<li> Steve Yzerman had an unenviable job in compiling the Team Canada roster. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/campbell-yzerman-showed-courage-in-olympic-selections/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> The "You Can Play Project" has made history with the NHL. [<a href="http://youcanplayproject.org/news/entry/the-nhl-makes-lgbt-history">YouCanPlayProject</a>]</li>

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