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The Bruins face the Penguins for the first time this season

CHECK PLEASE! Zdeno Chara celebrates a goal.
CHECK PLEASE! Zdeno Chara celebrates a goal.
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Puck drop tonight is at 8:00PM. Another NBCSN Rivalry Night is upon us!

  • In this home-and-home against Pittsburgh, the Bruins will look to shut down the depleted Penguins and take all four points.[PatriotLedger]

  • Mike Sullivan is in the enviable position of having Patrice Bergeron's eternal gratitude, for a very specific reason.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Slumps in the news: The Bruins cannot discount Sidney Crosby, while a Bruin and his brother have something in common aside from both being NHL players.[BostonHerald]

  • So far this week, these three Bruins have been stellar. Let's hope they can keep it up![BruinsDaily]

  • A bit of extra time with Bob Essensa has Tuukka Rask back where the Bruins need him to be, even as the defensemen playing in front of him begin to implement the team's system with more success.[NHL]

  • It is a bit early, but one report has Frank Vatrano tagged as the likeliest Winter Classic hero.[BostonHerald]

  • Big personalities, big rivals: Here's what to expect (and what will be missing) from the EPIX "Road to the Winter Classic." [PuckDaddy]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In this ranking of top centermen, Patrice Bergeron is at #2- ARE YOU KIDDING ME?[Sportsnet]

  • See how the Original Six teams' logos have changed over the years.[BarDown]

  • Parents are paying upwards of $50k a year to send their little players to hockey academies, and Hockey Canada is now licensing them- the National Post investigates.[NationalPost]

  • There's more than one way to make it to the NHL, and Auston Matthews is pursuing an alternate route... through Switzerland.[TheNewYorkTimes]

  • The Top 10 People in Hockey includes GMs from both the NHL and NWHL, hockey statisticians, and a certain ageless player, among others.[PuckDaddy]

  • One former NHL enforcer who was out of the league by age 26 now strives to make the transition from the profession easier for other players.[PensionPlanPuppets]

  • It was Evander Kane for the win, as he offered support to a young hockey player facing surgery for a serious illness.[DieByTheBlade]

  • Godspeed former NHL coach Glen Sonmor, whose North Star team brawled with the Bruins even as he himself took on coach Gerry Cheevers.[TheNewYorkTimes]