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NHL: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators
Jimmy Hayes (chirping Dion Phaneuf about his wife’s role in the new Goon movie?)
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Never mind the Senators! The Bruins host the Flames tonight at 7:30PM on NESN.

  • Claude Julien fumed over his team’s poor puck management last night. David Pastrnak celebrated his return to game action by staying calm at net front and scoring the lone goal on the power play. The Boston Globe
  • Be thankful- a team’s ranking at Thanksgiving is no more indicative of a likely playoff berth than any other day of the season. And despite being exposed a bit by the loss of Zdeno Chara, yes indeed, Brandon Carlo is good. WEEI
  • Chris Kelly spoke about his Ottawa homecoming, and how he wished staying in Boston had been in the cards for him. Look for Anton Khudobin to return, perhaps tonight. Pastrnak is still scoring at a 50+ goal rate. Bonus- isn’t that Panther Seth Griffith in the photo? The Boston Globe
  • Let’s look at Pastrnak’s numbers so far. He and Sidney Crosby sit well above their nearest competitors. The Score
  • Five dishes on last night’s game includes a basket of piping hot turnovers, and a side of classic, slow-cooked Guy Boucher hockey. WEEI
  • Poor, POOR Ryan Dzingel required serious repairs last evening after taking a slap shot to the left ear. Fox Sports
  • With the Vegas Golden Knights now duly launched, consider where an expansion draft might leave the Bruins. WEEI A full list of players that are protected is here- you may be surprised which Bruin is absent. Sportsnet
  • Old (Bruins) friends Chad Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, and Dennis Wideman will be in town tonight after a busy week that included a Wednesday win over the Blue Jackets. Hockeybuzz The Flames are rested and ready. Fox Sports
  • Check in with a quick look at the the progress of Bruins prospects and Providence Bruins. NHL
  • Lend your ears to a couple of Bruins podcasts as you digest your turkey. Bearly on Topic (48:38) Soundcloud and, although this is from the weekend, fasten your hindsight and try the Black N’ Gold (57:44) Soundcloud

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Happy Thanksgiving, ya filthy animals- Paul Stewart reminisces about a few special turkey days in his storied past and sends his best to you. Hockeybuzz
  • In honor of Brent Burns’ new deal, review the ten types of regrettable NHL contracts and learn how to avoid them. Sportsnet
  • Enjoy the new Goon sequel trailer, including Wyatt Russell’s exchange with George Parros and an Elisha Cuthbert sighting. (With NSFW video) Bar Down
  • Compare and contrast these intermission interviews done by Fox and HNIC to understand exactly why they can seem so wooden. Is it simply a time constraint that sucks the life from them? Pension Plan Puppets
  • What is cuter than local Mites skating between NHL periods, dressed as turkeys? Bar Down
  • Sean McIndoe offers his sage advice to the new Vegas Golden Knights, who are welcome to ignore it at their peril. The Hockey News
  • As a side note, apparently Mark Recchi was financially involved in the Vegas deal at first, but had to back out. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • The Senators conditioning coach put a couple of reporters through some NHL workouts, hilarity ensued. (With video) National Post