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The Bruins pause to take a break, and hope in turn to get a lucky break this weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Bruins (David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, John-Michael Liles, and Danton Heinen)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Bruins (David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, John-Michael Liles, and Danton Heinen)
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The Red Wings host the Bruins on Saturday, puck drop is 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Gimme a break! Claude Julien gave his players a break from on-ice work, as the team works to overcome the issues they can improve. As if injuries were not enough, now David Pastrnak faces a hearing and possible suspension. The Boston Globe
  • At least Pastrnak goes into his hearing with a clean record, maybe he gets a break, here? (With video) The Hockey News
  • Silver lining- as the Bruins face being surpassed by the Maple Leafs in the standings, maybe the boo birds will shut up about Tuukka Rask already! Fox Sports
  • If the Bruins hope to win, there is no more room for error in their game. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins' wins this year have been against lesser teams, and the already iffy roster has been decimated by injury. But where is all that vaunted leadership? Where is the urgency? Providence Journal
  • What you see is what we knew already- defensive deficits were always going to be the Bruins' biggest problem. Salem News
  • Devan Dubnyk, who has had his own ups and downs, graciously offered encouragement to Malcolm Subban. Sportsnet
  • Andy Brickley offered his opinion on the Bruins' recent struggles. He points to the loss of Johnny Boychuk, and not for the reasons you may think. Union Leader
  • Looking back, it was that "But It Was 4-1" win against Toronto broke the Bruins. Seriously. Just follow the logic, here.
  • What Bruins fans need is a steaming cup of CHEER THE #^(% UP! Days of Y'Orr

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins, Seth Griffith has made his Maple Leafs debut. The Star Matt Irwin will make his debut for the Predators. @MattKalman
  • Bid adieu to Vine by reviewing the best of the hockey related ones here. BarDown
  • Once again, here is a view from the press box, where you can't so much as smile when your team scores. Raw Charge
  • You know these five goalies, do you know all of the multiple teams they played for? The Hockey News
  • You've read here about older players increasingly being pushed out for cheaper, younger ones. Here's the flip side, a serial article on the struggle (both financial and physical) that the kids undergo to pursue hockey as a career. Hamilton Spectator (part 1 of 3) and Hamilton Spectator (part 2 of 3)