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A lack of viable options holds the Bruins third line together... for now

October is now behind us, don't be scared.
October is now behind us, don't be scared.
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The Panthers host the Bruins tonight at 7:30PM on NESN.

  • If Claude Julien had any other options, he might not stick with his present third line. The same desire for speed that has the team learning a new style may have paid off in an unexpected way. The Boston Globe
  • AS for the third line, it isn't just struggling, it's terribad- and it is no secret. Puck Daddy
  • Both teams are without one of their top wingers tonight, although the Panthers have found a happy surprise in their stand-in, Jon Marchessault. The Boston Globe
  • Take five... scariest Bruins EVER, including illustrating video of a very large former Senator "tuning up" a rather large former Bruin. WEEI
  • What do the numbers say thus far regarding faceoff finesse, power play parity (if not success), turd line tank, Zdeno Chara's little shadow, and the defensemen's scoring deficit? The Boston Globe
  • And where are all the Trade Tuukka Rask boo birds? Maybe migrating to Florida for the winter? WEEI
  • Isn't it funny how a healthy Rask buoys the Bruins as a whole? Boston Herald
  • Just for fun, revisit previous years' Bruins in costume. We all know which costume wins. Bruins Daily

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In case you missed all that happened (including Brave Steve Ott's shenanigans) in the weekend action around the league, catch up with Sean McIndoe's help. Sportsnet
  • Take one final, fond look at all the players' costumes around the NHL, and read a Tweet of special thanks from Panther (and dad) Roberto Luongo. Bar Down
  • Then get an eyeful of fans' costumes. Bar Down
  • Call it the John Scott clause... the NHL will tweak the rules on fan balloting for the All-Star Game. The Hockey News
  • Witness The Great Pumpkin Massacre, courtesy of the Grand Rapids Griffins. (Video, 0:43) YouTube
  • Thirty thoughts dives right in on buzz surrounding Ryan Spooner's availability, and how Austin Czarnik's career arc plays into the situation. Sportsnet
  • These five situations around the league are merely the opportunity for teams to grab their towels and block their ears to the Vogon poetry. Patience. It'll all work out. Sportsnet
  • The NHL may be phasing out fighting, but a pair of noted pugilists have found a home (and appreciative audience) across the pond in the EIHL. Puck Daddy
  • Done deal. That rumored bankruptcy of Perfomance Sports Group has been filed, but it looks like a plan to reorganize is in the works. Yahoo Sports