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The Bruins look to send the struggling Canucks packing tonight.

Milan Lucic in his hometown spotlight
Milan Lucic in his hometown spotlight
Derek Leung

<p><b> The Bruins host the Canucks, who were blanked by the Red Wings last night.  </b></p>

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<li> A bitter rival coming off a loss is a dangerous opponent. Bruins, beware! [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140204/SPORTS/402040305/-1/NEWS">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Three years after the hard-fought Stanley Cup finals, the Bruins and Canucks are two teams that just don't like each other. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/pointed_words_precede_bruins_canucks_clash">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> A lot has changed in three years, including personnel- Milan Lucic would like everyone to cut Roberto Luongo some slack. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/02/03/bruins-canucks-rivalry-doesnt-seem-ready-fade">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> David Warsofsky will get a taste of tonight's rivalry, then face the team that traded him to the Bruins. [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140203/SPORTS/140209099/12349/SPORTS/">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> A Bruin is one of the biggest NHL bargains this season. [<a href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/bargains-nhl-preview-okposo-bishop/">USAToday</a>]</li>

<li> "Deja-Khu?" Chad Johnson has had a tough act to follow in former backup and fan favorite Anton Khudobin, but is quietly achieving similar numbers. [<a href="http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Ty-Anderson/Another-Chad-Johnson-blog/141/57723">HockeyBuzz</a>]</li>

<li> Johnson has worked hard with Bob Essensa to put certain wraparound goals in the rear-view mirror. [<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2014/02/boston_bruins_backup_goalie_chad_johnson_needs_to_keep_stepping_up_during_crucial_period.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> Carl Söderberg will be cheering for Team Sweden wholeheartedly, and may use the Olympic break to spend downtime with his wife, as he is about to become a father. [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/02/04/kalman-shut-out-by-sweden-soderberg-savoring-stint-with-bruins/">Boston.CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Brad Marchand will doubtless be better behaved than in Vancouver on December 14th. David Warsofsky is slated to help cover the losses of Zdeno Chara to Team Slovakia and Adam McQuaid, who will not be ready to return until after the Olympic break. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/2014/02/notebook_marchand_matures_after_vancouver_stunt">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The rumors of a Bruins/Canadiens Stadium Series game at Gillette seem to be gaining traction. [<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24428580/report-bruins-habs-at-gillette-stadium-an-option-for-next-season">CBSSports</a>]</li>

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

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<li> The rise of Finnish netminders may be explained by aspects of the Finnish character. [<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/sports/hockey/finnish-soul-is-reflected-in-goalies.html?ref=hockey">NewYorkTimes</a>]</li>

<li> This is dishy, the Bruins and Sabres had talked of a Thomas Vanek / Tyler Seguin trade at one point. [<a href="http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/sabres-nhl/sabres-bruins-talked-about-vanek-seguin-trade-last-june-20140203">BuffaloNews</a>]</li>

<li> Thank you, Bruins, for giving the Maple Leafs a dope slap and a measuring stick. [<a href="http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/02/03/leafs-notebook-february-3/">MapleLeafsHotStove</a>]</li>

<li> Take a look at how many former Beanpot players appeared in NHL games this season! [<a href="http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2014/2/3/5372398/beanpot-alums-in-the-nhl-boston-college-boston-university-northeastern-harvard">SBNation</a>]</li>

<li> Looking for something sporty to fill the Olympic break? Read Rob Sneddon's Boston's 100 Greatest Games. [<a href="http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/02/04/5642646/bostons-100-greatest-games-revealed.html">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

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