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“If you go out there and don’t expect to score,” said Krejci, “then you shouldn’t be out there.”

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The master of time and space- David Krejci
The master of time and space- David Krejci
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The Bruins return to the ice in preparation to host the Flyers.

  • David Krejci has reasonable expectations, and as his health has improved, so have both his face-off wins percentage and his offensive numbers.[BostonHerald]

  • Now that the Bruins have won a couple, it is time to focus less on the surprisingly good power play and work on playing at full strength.[PatriotLedger]

  • Review a digest of Mike Loftus' tweets about the Bruins so far this season here. Patrice Bergeron has been particularly good at the face-off dot and has been deadly on the power play.[PatriotLedger]

  • Meanwhile, in Providence, Frank Vatrano is on a scoring tear even as he works to improve on the other nuances of the game.[Bruins.NHL]

  • Kirk Luedeke has a prospect update for us.[ScoutingPost]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Travis Roy misses hockey and is haunted by a feeling of letting down his coach. He frankly addresses the personal things he has lost in life despite having the security of being covered under the NCAA's catastrophic insurance policy.[USCHO]

  • Bad goals are still slipping through despite the Coach's Challenge. There were TWO reviewable aspects at play in this example, only one of which was ruled on due to confusion. Both Paul Stewart [HockeyBuzz] and Kerry Fraser [TSN] agree.

  • Elliotte Friedman's Thirty Thoughts open by asking if is it Goodbye, Columbus? Phil Kessel still has not integrated with Sidney Crosby. Years ago a (now former) Capital also slept through practice and the lack of accountability caused a problem.[Sportsnet]

  • Steve Dangle also looks around the league, pointing out the dearth of first round picks that the Bruins have on their roster (clue- the fewest in the entire NHL!)[Sportsnet]

  • Former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan's new book tells the harrowing story of how his abusive father tried to live his own ambitions through his son, and about ultimately having to also distance himself from his enabling mother.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • One fan has crated a petition on to call out the NHL regarding their (not?) handling of sexual assault.[]

  • Have a look around the weekend's NHL action, and if you see Sidney Crosby, please ask him to phone home.[Grantland]

  • Don't forget to check out the new Victory Press for coverage of the NWHL and beyond.[VictoryPress]