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Fresh Links: Happy Returns Edition

Hope springs eternal, and we've got Bruins hockey!

Another season, another shot at the Stanley Cup
Another season, another shot at the Stanley Cup
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SB Nation 2014 NHL Preview

HOCKEY TONIGHT! Bruins host the Flyers at 7:30 PM TONIGHT!

  • Have an overview of tonight's Wednesday Night Rivalry. [NHL]
  • The lines are a bit jumbled, with David Krejci out injured and a number of new faces. The Bruins hit the new season running, with a cramped October schedule. [MassLive]
  • In fact, you may want to keep your game roster handy. The Bruins' preseason was unusual, with number of injuries, late arrivals, and unexpected openings- expect more changes. [TauntonGazette]
  • His first year as a Bruin was a mixed bag thanks to injuries, but Loui Eriksson is looking forward to a new beginning with Krejci and Milan Lucic. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Lucic is a force to be reckoned with at net front. Here's an illustrated breakdown of how successful he is, and why. []
  • For the team overall, there have been additions and subtractions. Looking ahead, the loss of Johnny Boychuk will have a very specific effect, a centerman will have to be moved, and keep your fingers crossed for Niklas Svedberg. [SouthCoastToday]
  • In roster details, David Pastrnak has been sent to Providence, Simon Gagne remains contract-free but with the team, and a handful of Bruins are injured. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • This six-pack of Bruins need to step it up this season, and with one oft-maligned player in the lineup, the Bruins are a better team.  [ProvidenceJournal]
  • And there is room for one Cinderella story on the roster. If anyone can, Bobby Robins will make the most of it. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • When it comes to the questionably odd voting for the Norris, Ray Bourque can feel Zdeno Chara 's pain. [WEEI]
  • The NHL salary cap has been a struggle for every team. Cut Peter Chiarelli some slack- he has been a wizard. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • This compendium of playoff predictions from media sources and blogs is confident of the Bruins strength, but shows them falling short of another Stanley Cup in most cases. For those who believe the Bruins play best as underdogs, this is good news. []
  • If you missed it, Episode #2 of "Behind the B" is up for viewing- no commercials! [Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • From the first hockey radio broadcasts to today's internet coverage, fans are closer than ever to the action. [Sportsnet]
  • Yo, Adrian... An epic meltdown in social media has landed Adrian Dater in the doghouse for two weeks. [DeadSpin]
  • Chantel McCabe (late of UNH) has been suspended as the Hurricanes' reporter after a DUI arrest. [AwfulAnnouncing]
  • This is the best NHL Best and Worst List! [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It was Fancystats that finally tipped the scales against enforcers. (With audio, 7:22) [TSN]
  • Noora Raty's mask features Minions and a quote attributed to Hannibal... [InGoal]
  • ...while Marc-Andre Fleury 's pads may have been acquired off eBay from Marty Turco? [@Penguins]
  • It is hard for an NHL team to become a dynasty with all the turnover these days. (Video, 4:18) [Sportsnet]
  • In this NHL awards prediction, Finnish goalies are mentioned as both a front runner and as a dark horse for the Vezina Trophy. [Grantland]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his 30 Thoughts. P.K. Subban gets the gold star for #17. [Sportsnet]
  • The new faceoff configuration adopted by the NHL might bring unexpected consequences. [TheHockeyNews]
  • How close was Seattle to gaining an NHL team? JUSTTHISCLOSE! [TheSportingNews]
  • Can the Sharks rise above another heartbreaking playoff exit and postseason drama and find focus? [Grantland]