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It is Military Appreciation Night at TD Garden

David Pastrnak defends along the boards
David Pastrnak defends along the boards
Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins host the Blue Jackets tonight at 7:00PM on NESN, it is Military Appreciation Night at TD Garden.

  • Just the facts, ma'am, as the Bruins face a Seth Jones-free Jackets team. Bruins NHL
  • Trial by fire- It wasn't in the team's long-term plan, but Zane McIntyre was needed against the Canadiens on Tuesday.The kid done good. The Boston Globe
  • Point: You can take heart that the Bruins were even in that Montreal game, and that it took a last-minute bounce for the Habs to win. Here's why. WEEI
  • Counterpoint: The Bruins just aren't quite good enough, and couldn't pull off a win despite a relative  fusillade of shots on Carey Price. Bruins Daily
  • Riley Nash may have initially been a mystery to us, but the Bruins brass knew what they were getting. He now has a modest point streak going. Patriot Ledger
  • In conjunction with this, we all hope Matt Beleskey has turned a corner. Metro
  • In time for gifting, here is a summary of notable tomes about the Bruins, notably Fluto Shinzawa's new "The Big 50 – The Men and Moments that made the Boston Bruins" (Triumph, 2016) with a forward by NESN's Andy Brickley. South Coast Today

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In the Column Formerly Known As The Puck Daddy Power Ranking, Raffi Torres should watch his back(side,) The Nazem Kadri hit was not suspension worthy, and the Bruins have turned around a dismal power play in fine style. Puck Daddy
  • On paper, these NHL teams are the under- and over-performers so far this season. Sportsnet
  • Dear Habs, don't feel bad- lotsa teams have lost by double digits (and simultaneous shutouts.) Take a look at those who have gone before. The Hockey News
  • Mike Babcock bag skated his team the day after their shutout loss to the Kings. Oh, the irony that practice was suddenly "lights out..." Bar Down
  • In hockey, Old Guys Rule- in the faceoff circle, that is. National Post
  • Haiku You- here are the power rankings this week, with a witty, poetic twist. Sportsnet
  • It is good to be king. Here's a look back at 50 years of the LA Kings in the eyes of a few present and former Kings. Players Tribune