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Channeling his energy into lighting the lamp- Brad Marchand
Channeling his energy into lighting the lamp- Brad Marchand
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The Bruins host the Predators tonight at 7:00PM.

  • Kirk Luedeke notes that Brad Marchand is on a torrid scoring jag, his best to date, and pauses to upbraid Brandon Prust and the Canucks organization. There will be repercussions if Adam McQuaid is seriously injured, and guess who Landon Ferraro 's famous stepmother is![ScoutingPost]

  • The Bruins' fourth line set out to make a difference, scoring twice and battling. Claude Julien made some key roster decistions that paid off.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • If the Bruins team were a sitcom, they would be... Never mind that, they should simply settle for consistency in their game.[PatriotLedger]

  • In praise of Zdeno Chara , who after 18 NHL seasons and at 39 years of age, still gits 'er done.[TodaysSlapShot]

  • Torey Krug is posting to a blog- in one post he explains why he can't eat pizza. Frank Vatrano feels his pain![Torey47]

  • As for the Providence Bruins, it was almost all good news. Alex Khokhlachev returned early and with a bang and goaltending is improving swiftly, but Noel Acciari was lost to a broken jaw. [ProvidenceJournal]

  • Since he's in town tonight, let's congartulate Shea Weber for becoming the only Predators defenseman to ever score a hat trick.[PuckDaddy]

  • That long, dark shadow falling over the Bruins organization as the ominous music swells in the background belongs to old friend Harry Sinden.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Milt Schmidt sat for a visit with Johnny Bucyk and JoeMcDonald- he is now the oldest living Hall of Fame retiree- and spoke about how the game has changed and losing three seasons while serving in WWII.[ESPN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Matt Bartkowski had kind words for the Bruins organization. He has had a measure of success in Vancouver- enough to "razz" Torey Krug.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Who doesn't love a great emergency backup goalie story? In this edition, a 38-year-old Zamboni driver was backup for an NHL goaltender in an AHL game.[PensionPlanPuppets]

  • The scenery: breathtaking. The invitational hockey game: a once-on-a-lifetime memory.[TheNewYorkTimes]

  • One more caveat to advanced stats fans: Any coach's playing system will skew players' numbers- here's an explanation.[SportsIllustrated]

  • The hockey community loves to give back, and the new NWHL is no slouch in the philanthropy department.[TodaysSlapShot]

  • Why oh WHY would USA Hockey not want the women's national hockey team to participate in the Winter Classic game?[PuckDaddy]

  • In one cheery Rangers milestone, the team signed their first ever female player to a one-day contract.[BarDown]