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The Bruins depart for their western road trip.

Brad Marchand takes off on an airborne trip.
Brad Marchand takes off on an airborne trip.
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The Bruins are up in the air today. The Oilers will host them tomorrow at 9:30.

  • The Bruins leave today for a road trip that will be a test. Staying behind will be Max Talbot (who has cleared waivers) and David Pastrnak (foot injury.)[TheBostonGlobe]

  • One other thing no longer with the team is morning skate. Times have changed, and professional athletes know they cannot afford late night partying before a game.[WEEI]

  • The successful Bruins power play is now under opposing teams' microscopes, as they focus on fettering bumper Patrice Bergeron.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Landon Ferraro credits Talbot with welcoming him and helping with orientation. Ferarro finds linemate Zac Rinaldo's speed and the Bruins' strong forecheck to his liking.[BostonHerald]

  • The Canadiens will be without Cary Price for the Winter Classic, which is bad news for hockey fans but good news for one Holliston, MA native.[WEEI]

  • The NHL is planning a two-day fan festival surrounding the Winter Classic that will include games and food. Best of all, it will be free and open to the public.[NHL]

  • Meanwhile, down in Providence, the PBruins weekend was a mixed bag.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • The hit that ended Marc Savard's career was pivotal in awakening the NHL to the issue of player safety. That was just one of the notable points in the released NHL communications surrounding the concussion lawsuit.[TSN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The NHL wants increased scoring. Mandating that fans yell "SHOOT" is the answer. NO, REALLY![TheKicker]

  • The new month means a new list of last month's top Tweets, in which Dallas is on their game (as always) and Jaromir Jagr shows his support for Paris.[Sportsnet]

  • Here's a bright spot in Toronto's season: Garret Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goalie ever to pitch a shutout in his NHL debut.[Sportsnet]

  • It was Noora Raty (KJT) against Meeri Raisanen (D-Keikko) netminding in a groundbreaking tilt between two Suomi-Sarja men's league teams.[TheHockeyNews]

  • How about some shinny on a sun-brightened pond high in the mountains? The players' shadows are long, and the pictures are gorgeous![BarDown]

  • Peter Chiarelli and Brian Burke spoke about the difficult roster decisions that they've had to make for the World Cup of Hockey North American U-24 "Young Guns." Several former Bruins players are surprisingly on the outside looking in. (With video)[Sportsnet]

  • Well, close enough...? This teddy bear toss turned out to be a bit premature. (With video)[BuzzingTheNet]

  • Did you see the Braehead Clan's lively "St. Andrew's kilt" uniforms? The mad-for-plaid team won their game in a shutout.[PuckDaddy]

  • If you're following the "Hockey Wives" series this season, you may enjoy this ranking of the players er, wives.[TheHockeyNews]

  • The AHL IceHogs and IceCaps have between-periods entertainment down pat. Check out bubble soccer![@TheAHL]