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Fresh Links: Pastafarian Edition

From frying pan to fire? David Pastrnak joins the Bruins in Pittsburgh.

David Pastrnak battling for the puck at the World Junior Championship
David Pastrnak battling for the puck at the World Junior Championship
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The Bruins face the Penguins tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center, 8:00 PM.

  • Preview: At least Sidney Crosby has been struggling this season.  Maybe the Bruins catch a break, here? [FoxSports]

  • The Bruins have a system? Um, if so, isn't it about time to reassess? [Boston.CBSLocal]

  • One interesting twist- Please pass to Pasta! David Pastrnak will travel to Pittsburgh with the team. No promises, though... [CausewayCrowd]

  • The knives are certainly being sharpened for Milan Lucic. [Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Counterpoint: Hell, NO. Not happening. [CausewayCrowd]

  • Face it, Lucic (just like the rest of the team, to be fair) has not seemed himself this season. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Bruins players are on notice, they are playing for their jobs. On the bright side, the Bruins are able to focus and play to win in overtime. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • The last thing the Bruins need is a panic trade, with their assets at rock bottom value. Patience, please... for now. [WEEI]

  • You could make the circular argument that their recent struggles are miring the Bruins in a cycle of diminishing confidence. [PatriotLedger]

  • Peter Chiarelli is disappointed, not discouraged. So... what should he do? Five suggestions. [ESPN]

  • Rumors, rumors. Lucic, maybe Loui Eriksson on the table? Might the Bruins target Antoine Vermette or T.J. Oshie? [MyNHLTradeRumors]

  • Here's one cheery opinion, of all the NHL teams currently out of the playoff picture, the Bruins are NOT in the "No Hope" category! [ProHockeyTalk]

  • One more on the lighter side, meet John Rebelo, the man behind the wheel of the TD Garden zamboni. [TheBostonGlobe]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Canada took gold against the Russians at the IIHF WJC: Here are some observations about Team USA and top NHL prospects in light of the tournament results. [SportsIllustrated]

  • Peter Cehlarik and the surprising Slovaks took bronze, rallying in front of their goalie, tournament MVP Denis Godla to stun the Swedes. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Venn diagrams of the NHL strike back: the "Back to the Gym" edition. [SportingNews]

  • The CWHL offers an opportunity, but the women playing as pros in the league still need their day jobs. What lies ahead for them? [TheHockeyNews]

  • Fired by the Maple Leafs, coach Randy Carlyle was doomed by his own rigid style. [The Score]

  • Roberto Luongo faces his return to Vancouver in a Panthers uniform with the same good humor he has displayed in his Twitter account. [TheScore]

  • This year's Winter Classic resulted in the lowest TV ratings of any Classic so far. Does it matter? [SportsIllustrated]

  • Meanwhile, The Bettman credits social and digital media with sparking market growth for the NHL. [USAToday]

  • Poor Tomas Hertl can't catch a break, as he takes a puck to the face while seated on the bench. [PuckDaddy]

  • The Adirondack Flames' mascot woes continue... [BarDown]