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The cameras will be rollin' as the Bruins and Canadiens pick up where they always leave off

Melee! MELEE! Just a reminder- this photo is from a 1997 game.
Melee! MELEE! Just a reminder- this photo is from a 1997 game.
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The Bruins face the Canadiens in Montreal tonight, 7:30PM- It's Rivalry Night on NBCSN!

  • And... ACTION! EPIX will be filming the juciest parts of tonight's tilt for "EPIX Presents Road to the Winter Classic." Bonus: Promo video.[BostonHerald]

  • It may be rather one-sided on the scoreboard recently, but yes, the Bruins vs. Canadiens rivalry lives on.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Meanwhile, back at TD Garden... Joonas Kemppainen is on IR, and as a result Max Talbot gets to troll his homies in Montreal.[WEEI]

  • Here are a few late notes from the Predators game. The press box may not be the best answer for Jimmy Hayes, and opponents may do best to avoid Tyler Randell.[Hockeybuzz]

  • There is more at stake in this meeting at the Centre Bell, after the meltdown in the waning minutes of the previous game.[PatriotLedger]

  • This preview of tonight's game points out that the Habs will be tweaking lines due to several injuries. Tuukka Rask will likely face Mike Condon in net.[YahooSports]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Flames tapped veteran actor Dougie Hamilton to star in their own "Holiday Spectacular." Hmmm... Sound familiar?[BarDown]

  • Pascal Dupuis will need to "step away from the game" after side effects derailed a plucky effort to continue playing while on a blood thinner protocol.[NBCSports]

  • As of the first of the year, the NHL is dropping the requirement for teams to compensate other teams with draft picks for hiring their coaches and executives.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Is the new-look All-Star Game better hockey, or the beginning of a slow decline into just plain hokey-er? Is Buffalo the best choice for the 2018 World Junior Championship? Might Andrew Ference be the key to an Oilers' big move?[SportsIllustrated]

  • The family of former Bruin Steve Montador has now filed a concussion lawsuit against the NHL.[PuckDaddy]

  • Maybe it was not hockey, but the Red Bull Crashed Ice event was held in Quebec City recently, and plenty of skaters crushed it. (Photo gallery)[SportsIllustrated]