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The Bruins anticipate the return of Zdeno Chara.

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Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, hopefully together again very soon.
Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, hopefully together again very soon.
Scott Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow. Bruins hockey TOMORROW. Blackhawks at Bruins, 7:00. Hang on.

  • Zdeno Chara was sorely missed in more ways than one. Look forward to his return to the ice very soon.  [PatriotLedger]
  • His absence was compounded by injuries to David Krejci and others, forcing the Bruins to dig deep as a team.  [MetroWestDailynews]
  • Chara may make his return Thursday. Also, here's the scoop if you're trying to keep track of other notable player absences and movement to Providence.  [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Buzzkill: The Bruins weren't all that good even with their captain in the lineup this season. [WEEI]
  • Reilly Smith has re-emerged after a bit of a slump. [BleacherReport]
  • The Bruins anticipate David Pastrnak needing to grow into his frame to be effective. The next decision is whether or not to release him to play in the WJC: Czech camp begins Saturday.  [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • But it was 3-0... the PBruins fought back after yielding 4 unanswered goals to win in OT on a Craig Cunningham goal against the Ice Caps and old friend Peter Budaj. [NHL]
  • David Warsofsky has been returned to Providence. [Bruins.NHL ]
  • The anticipated rise in the salary cap is just in time, just look at the list of  Bruins who will be seeking new contracts. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Tim Thompson (of HNIC opening video fame) presents a tribute: 4, Jean Beliveau. (Video, 4:42) [Vimeo]
  • Peter Chiarelli has been noted in this list of the 15 biggest disappointments in this season so far.  At least the Bruins didn't sign Thomas Vanek. [PuckDaddy]
  • HIgh-altitude hockey in the Himalayas? Why not! (Video, 6:54) [BarDown]
  • Charlotte Checkers players auditioned for "The Nutcracker." Ballerinas doing splits apparently can be very distracting. (Video, 5:12)  [PuckDaddy]
  • Remember your high school yearbook? Check out these snarky "hockey superlatives."[BarDown]
  • Paul Bissonnette remains in New England after being released from the Portland Pirates, having signed a PTO with the Manchester Monarchs. [ManchesterMonarchs]
  • Nada to Kanata? The Ottawa Senators may be headed downtown. [Sportsnet]
  • The Dallas Stars' jumbotron trolls are legendary. Here they have a go at Winnipeg. [Sportsnet]