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Ryan Spooner, your team is calling

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Raise your hand if you're ready for some Bruins hockey!
Raise your hand if you're ready for some Bruins hockey!
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The Bruins host the Senators tonight at 7:00PM.

  • The call has gone out and Ryan Spooner would do well to answer in the absence of David Krejci. No one underestimates what the loss of Krejci means.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Things will be a bit different from last year's stint without Krejci, as Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly are not available to pick up the slack.[WEEI]

  • Terry O'Reilly was always a leader (in penalty minutes, too) and would now like to have a word with you about the decline in power play opportunities.[OnlyAGame]

  • Cam Neely reminisced about playing hockey in his youth, and about his preparations for the alumni game.[ESPN]

  • Meanwhile, from behind enemy lines, tonight's key matchup involves the usual suspects, one who happens to be a former Senator.[OttawaSun]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Not so fast, Senators, your bid for a new rink on taxpayer-owned property doesn't pass the sniff test, and should not receive an automatic green light.[NationalPost]

  • Trade rumors: Got goalies? Need goalies? [TheHockeyNews]

  • Some folks head to Kanata for Senators hockey, and some just live for the chance at a Shawarma Palace luncheon. Some relish the chance to do both.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Those shifty Swedes bested Team USA at the World Junior Championship, 1-0. Hinga, Dinga, Durgen.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov writes charmingly about what draws him to the rink day after day, and how bottles of Coca Cola opened doors for him as a youth.[ThePlayersTribune]

  • “You’re the emergency goalie?” Not exactly what an itinerant goaltender wants to hear when the call finally comes to bail out an NHL team in crisis...[ThePlayersTribune]

  • Meanwhile, as we approach the Winter Classic... Ben Scrivens will be in net tonight for his new team, as the Canadiens continue to hope for the best without Carey Price.[TheScore]

  • The senior vice president of business affairs at the NHL would like a word with you (even if it isn't quite what you may wish to hear) about the NHL and women's professional hockey.[PuckDaddy]

  • When players take to icy ponds for the Pond Hockey Classic, it is for the love of the game.[BostonHerald]

  • There was a hockey scene filmed for the movie "Elf" that ended up on the cutting room floor. See it here. (Video, 1:28) [YouTube, via Reddit]