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Johnny Boychuk is the senior defenseman in a showdown in the Show Me state.

Brad Marchand beats Alex Pietrangelo to the puck
Brad Marchand beats Alex Pietrangelo to the puck
Jared Wickerham

Tonight the Blues host the Bruins at 8pm.

  • Here's where we left off on Tuesday night after the Canucks' visit, just the facts. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • Zdeno Chara downplayed concerns about the athletes' accomodations at Sochi. After all, this is his third Olympics. [WEEI]
  • "Johnny Rocket and the Five Dwarves" will be asked to step up in their captain's absence, and Torey Krug will not have the luxury of sheltered minutes. "BoyKowski? BartChuk?" will likely be the shutdown pairing. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • David Krejci is arriving at the Olympic break playing some of his very best hockey. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Although not an Olympian this year, Jarome Iginla is a playing for a Stanley Cup, and historically has tapped it up a notch late in the season. [NESN]
  • Tonight, Carl Söderberg and David Warsofsky will be returning to play the team that drafted them. [PatriotLedger]
  • Eposode #9 of "Behind the B" (titled "Projections") airs tonight on NESN, here's the trailer. (Video, 0:32) [Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Steven Stamkos camethisclose in his recovery, but now Team Canada's alternate selection depends on the type of player they're looking for. [Sports.NationalPost]
  • Martin St. Louis has been released to play for Team Canada in Stamkos' stead. [@reporterchris]
  • STILL looking for a good read over the Olympic break? How about "Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story." (Video, 6:55) [BostonHerald]
  • Other Blues in the news: The ailing Vladimir Sobotka will be replaced by Martin Erat on the Czech Olympic hockey team. [FoxSports]
  • Several Team USA women met Vladimir Putin, "(whose) eyes lit up" when they identified themselves as hockey players. [USAToday]
  • Amanda Kessel is finally in the spotlight in her own right. [PuckDaddy]
  • Here's a list of the top 10 best NHL Olympians. Is that Amanda's brother I see? [Grantland]
  • Elliotte Friedman shares 30 thoughts. [CBCSports]
  • The Blue Jackets had high hopes for increased ESPN hockey coverage post Superb Owl. The Rangers and Hurricanes douse it with cold water. [@BlueJacketsNHL]