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A road win in Washington would be most welcome

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins - Game Five
Raptor Rich Peverley always found Braden Holtby tough to score against
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The Bruins are in Washington, DC to face the Capitals tonight at 8:00PM on NBCSN. Rivalry night. Yay.

Remember this exchange between a very frustrated Raptor Rich Peverley and Braden Holtby?

  • Claude Julien got better acquainted with Braden Holtby at the World Cup of Hockey. Holtby has historically seemed to have the Bruins’ number. Boston Herald
  • Alex Ovechkin had best be on his best behavior, as Barry Trotz admonished him for his numerous penalties. NHL
  • Good news- Frank Vatrano is on the mend and on ice with his team, albeit in a no-contact jersey, Noel Acciari is getting closer to a return as well. The Boston Globe
  • Kevan Miller may have found himself on the wrong side of the ice due to Zdeno Chara’s and John-Michael Liles’ injuries, but he and the Bruins still ended up on the right side of the final score Monday night. Patriot Ledger
  • Ryan Spooner is featured in trade rumors again, but he is focused on his job, and staying in Boston. WEEI
  • David Pastrnak is ahead of last year’s numbers already, and well past his youthful days of riding the bus to the rink wearing all of his gear. Take a good look at the player who may be the next face of the franchise. Scouting Post
  • When was the last time you recall the Bruins consistently winning close (one goal) games? Is this good news, or merely the sign of being unable to put other teams away early on? WEEI
  • Wins at TD Garden will be key to a heavily back-loaded schedule of home games for the Bruins. Metro
  • “Behind the B” season 4 episode 5 is about Thanksgiving, and some interesting party games. For a helping of cute, join the Krejcis as they stroll Boston’s North End. (Video, 21:43) Bruins NHL
  • Peruse the December issue, with more on David Pastrnak, and noting the fact that the Bruins have debuted the most rookies of all NHL teams so far this season. New England Hockey Journal

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Pack your... bags, NHL. The new executive offices, NHL store, and rink will now all be under one roof in Manhattan West. NY Post
  • All-Star MVP John Scott is calling it a career to be a full-time dad to his four daughters. Players Tribune
  • The Tucson Roadrunners response to Craig Cunningham’s medical emergency was thoughtful and swift. Arizona Daily Star He is progressing, and is even face-timing teammates. Fox Sports
  • Young players on entry level deals seem to be the theme to the top teams in this NHL power ranking. Sportsnet
  • This week’s Thirty Thoughts mulls over Olympic participation and contrasts the sputtering Lightning with the rising Blue Jackets, citing the former getting “pushed around a lot” while the latter plays with an edge. Sportsnet
  • Have a look at these ‘Color Rush” inspired NHL unis. Thank goodness the Bruins one is based on black, not gold. The Kings ones look like the team dove into grape juice. Fox Sports
  • Pierre McGuire, is that YOU? Bar Down