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The Bruins join David Backes as he visits his old haunts

St. Louis Blues v Boston Bruins
David Backes, in his Blues days, peeking over Patrice Bergeron’s shoulder
Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Tonight, tonight... Bruins v. Blues in St, Louis at 8:00PM on NESN.

  • St. Louis appears to be looking forward to David Backes’ return tonight- a charity event was scheduled specially so that he could attend. Backes acknowledges that after 10 years it will be tough to hold back his tears. NHL
  • Sheer volume of shots on goal has not translated into goals. More of the urgency shown by the Bruins’ fourth line would serve the team well. The return of Matt Beleskey should open up more options. The Boston Globe
  • Cam Neely speaks! Cam Neely is frustrated. Boston Herald
  • But hey, we’ve got a league leading penalty kill going for us, which is nice. Metro Boston
  • In case you missed the weekend’s action in Providence, here in a nutshell are the highs and lows. Providence Journal
  • Bob McKenzie believes Claude Julien is safe for now. Charlie McAvoy looks to be a keeper, too. Dear Bruins, DO NOT trade him or Brandon Carlo away! Fanrag
  • Our chums in Detroit are looking at expansion draft scenarios, and here’s what they project for the Bruins and Coyotes. Winging It In Motown

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In case you missed this weekend’s action around the NHL, here’s what you missed at the season’s halfway point- air travel in the news, and why is Don Sweeney feeding the flames of coaching change rumors? Sportsnet
  • Time for mid-season accolades- you’ll find a couple of Bruins under consideration in the “Best Of” categories. Sportsnet
  • If anyone can, HE can. Jaromir Jagr has set his sights on playing to age 55. The Score
  • Henrik Lundqvist takes the opportunity to send his eight-year-old self a letter- his twin brother Joel is there for so much of it. Players’ Tribune
  • Carbon monoxide levels reached an unhealthy level during a University of Wisconsin game- players were treated at local hospitals. Puck Daddy