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The Bruins are on the right side of .500, with two wins behind them- can they keep it up?

Roberto Luongo's nightmare (Brad Marchand scores on a penalty shot)
Roberto Luongo's nightmare (Brad Marchand scores on a penalty shot)
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The Bolts host the Bruins tonight at 7:30PM on NESN, and DAVID PASTRNAK RETURNS!

  • As a result of Pastrnak's return, Danton Heinen is headed to Providence. David Backes is skating again, and John-Michael Liles is "good, yep." The Boston Globe
  • Heinen' crisp decision-making didn't quite offset his struggle with speed at the NHL level. WEEI
  • Sean Kuraly remains with the team, and is an option to shake up the third line. The Boston Globe
  • Tuukka Rask's performance is the key to the Bruins' hopes for the season right now. Bruins Daily
  • Several Bruins were excused form yesterday's practice. Adam McQuaid sat for a tense two minutes at the end of the Panthers game after being deemed an instigator. Boston Herald
  • Game preview from our opponent is here. The Bolts seem to be trending at scoring one goal per night. Can the Bruins beat that? Raw Charge Jonathan Drouin is out for tonight. The Score
  • The good news- the Bruins are over .500 this morning. The bad news- they are dead last in the NHL on the power play. Fox Sports
  • "...nearly 84 games of futility." The effort is appreciated, but the clock is ticking on Jimmy Hayes. WEEI
  • Season 4, Episode 3 of "Behind the B" is up. Rob O'Gara dons fierce dress socks, Jimmy Hayes debuts a new suit for "Hockey Fights Cancer" night, and costumes are in the spotlight as the Bruins make their annual hospital Halloween visit. (Video, 21:38) Bruins NHL
  • Lend your ears to new WEEI Bruins beat reporter Ty Anderson along with Ken Laird for a bit of Bruins chat. The good news? The Bruins have been strong against divisional opponents, but Rask has been the lynchpin to keeping the team competitive. Who is on the "black hole" line? (Audio, 10:51) WEEI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Is their room for the "art" of officiating in the NHL anymore? Hockeybuzz
  • We extend healing wishes to Nicholle Anderson, as Craig Anderson must leaves the Senators to attend to more important matters. TSN In related news, the team has acquired Mike Condon. TSN
  • Got goalies? Here are five teams that scrambled to staff their nets. Bruins fans can take comfort that five goaltenders doesn't even cover the worst situations listed here! The Hockey News
  • GO HIGHLANDERS! Goon: The Last Of The Enforcers will be released March 17, 2017. Bar Down
  • The NHL's inaugural season was one for the record books, for more reasons than the obvious. Much of the interesting news occurred off-ice... Sports Illustrated