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At least the Bruins are (relatively) nice and warm in Calgary

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Hey, there, former Providence Bruin Brian McGrattan!
Hey, there, former Providence Bruin Brian McGrattan!
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The Calgary Flames host the Bruins at 9:00 PM this evening.

  • When we left off late Friday (Early Saturday?) the Bruins had bumbled to a loss in Vancouver. [HockeyBuzz]

  • Can you dig it? Assistant coaches Doug Houda and Doug Jarvis ran yesterday's practice in Calgary. Hey, remember Matt Batkowski? [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Are the Bruins slow, or just mistake prone and unable (unwilling?) to follow their game plan? Does it matter? [MetroWestDailyNews]

  • No one is more surprised at the Bruins' struggles than old friend Shawn Thornton, who now has a dog in the fight. [WEEI]

  • Peter Chiarelli is unlikely to waste assets if the Bruins appear to have deep problems that are beyond a fix that a few key pieces might mean. [WEEI]

  • Coincidentally, Dougie Hamilton has been inconsistent and mistake prone recently, as young players sometimes are. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Reilly Smith may be most valuable as a trade chip these days. [Hockeybuzz]

  • Have you been following Adam McQuaid 's diary entries on this road trip? [Entry 1] [Entry 2] [Entry 3] [Entry 4].

  • Don Cherry is convinced that the league has it out for Milan Lucic and addresses the Evander Kane trade. (Video, 6:07) [SportsNet]

  • The good news? The Providence Bruins set a fine example by spanking the Bridgeport Tigers on Friday night. [ProvidenceJournal]

  • The sudden passing of former Bruin Steve Montador strikes many former teammates hard. He was active early with Andrew Ference promoting "Right To Play." [TheGlobeAndMail]. His estate may pursue his concussion lawsuit against the NHL. [TSN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • An undersized, speedy winger from Leominster, MA is lighting up the KHL. [TSN]

  • More shots, more goals... right? A deeper look at shooting percentage. [PuckDaddy]

  • A bit late post Valentine's day, but here is a quick recap of the five biggest heartbreakers in the NHL. (Video, 2:19) [PuckDaddy]

  • The Maple Leafs have thrown in the towel. The trade completed with the Predators this weekend confirms it. [LastWordOnSports]

  • The length of time required to recover from concussions may have been seriously underestimated. [VancouverSun]

  • Meet Tim Thompson, the creative force behind the mesmerizing HNIC musical montages. [LeafsHub]

  • What better than a robust adult hockey league to demonstrate the foothold hockey has taken in a non-traditional California market? [NHL]