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Fresh Links: Treading Water Edition

"... right now (the Bruins are) treading water."- Andy Brickley

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The Buffalo Sabres host the Bruins tonight at 7:00 PM.

  • The kid stays in the picture. Seth Griffith looked like the answer on right wing that the Bruins had been hoping for. Savor the writing in this one.  [BleacherReport]
  • Griffith remained on the first line at practice, the sudden loss of Brad Marchand meant Matt Fraser will see ice time, and the other lines were juggled. [NESN]
  • Patrice Bergeron doesn't focus on line pairings. "It's about doing your job and helping the team." Claude Julien is focused on only two things that are in the Bruins' control right now. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Don't fret too much about Tuukka Rask , even if he isn't playing well. Here's why. [WEEI]
  • Dougie Hamilton has stepped up nicely, and he likes to play a lot of minutes. Thank goodness for that. [NESN]
  • The Bruins are looking to providence in more ways than one, as AHL call-ups are mounting in the face of injuries. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Matt Bartkowski 's defensive struggles could not have come at a worse time. [TheSportingNews]
  • Being a relative latecomer to hockey now seems to be costing Bartkowski, as does the loss of D-partner Johnny Boychuk. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • This power ranking acknowledges the Bruins injury difficulties, but manages to see a bright outcome based on a light week in Bruins' schedule. [Sportsnet]
  • Andy Brickley somberly spoke of deeper problems apparent in the Wild game, the "mistakes are all the same." Even the Bergeron line seemed off. (Audio, 10:38) [WEEI]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • How a player retires is important. Former Bruin Miroslav Satan is going out in style. [HockeyInSociety]
  • Tanks very much. There has been a long history of NHL teams failing in the season to win on draft day. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • Looking at busy NHL schedules, rest matters very much, and here's the proof. [TSN]
  • Take your game to the next level by learning all the proper hockey lingo. [TheHockeyWriters]
  • How bad does a slow start to the season have to be before a team will likely not make the playoffs? [CBSSports]
  • Does NHL pay result in performance? Check these slick infographics and see. [HockeyImpact.DarkHorseAnalytics]
  • The Blue Jackets have suffered greatly from injuries and fans pleaded with the the hockey gods to "Move on to another team. Please." Thanks a lot, guys. [JacketsCannon]
  • Former Bruin Stan Jonathan will face trial on charges of criminal negligence in the death of a bowhunter. [TorontoSun]
  • Trick or treat! NHL players talk childhood Halloween costumes. [YouTube]