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Fresh Links: David Backes In The Middle

David Krejci’s injury opens a spot at center for David Backes

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins
Centrally located for now (David Backes)
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The Bruins host the Sharks tonight at 7:00 PM ET on NESN.

  • If the Sharks are circling the ice, we must look back in sadness at having traded away “Jumbo Joe” Thornton. It’s tradition. Bonus- Updates on the Bruins’ walking wounded. Fox Sports
  • Big fella David Backes is ready to leap into the breach at center now that David Krejci is likely out through the weekend. Patriot Ledger This one’s for you. (Video, 3:27) YouTube
  • Originally projected to be day-to-day Krejci has deteriorated to week-to-week. WEEI
  • The call has gone out to Danton Heinen, your team needs you! See you tonight. Bruins NHL
  • Enough said about woulda-coulda-shoulda last week, now the Bruins are facing a barrage of contests nursing an injury-plagued roster against tougher opponents. Bruins Daily
  • Meanwhile, deep in the heart of Dixie, the Atlanta Gladiators have made a trade and get their star goaltender back. Did you know Daniel Vladar is undefeated in regulation so far in his AHL career? Gwinnett Daily Post
  • Choose your own narrative on the Bruins’ costumed visit to Boston Children’s Hospital: The players were cute, the visit was fun. (With video) NESN The HORROR! Jake DeBrusk defiled the Star Wars franchise! Tim Schaller is FAT! For The Win Faux Jedi master Charlie McAvoy has never even seen the movies! (With videos) CBS Boston Ultimately, Krejci called it- “every time you put a wig on, it’s kind of... weird.” (Video, 0:35) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Hype, hype- hooray! Reassess these eight teams with big dreams as we arrive at the 10 game point in the season. Sportsnet
  • Got storylines? Here are a bunch, and yeah, the supposed Boston Goalie Controversy is one. Yawn. Puck Daddy
  • Dear Golden Knights, pipe down- this winning thing is going to mess you up long term. The Hockey News
  • Here’s a selection of Maple Leafs in costumes- James Neal is still scarier and more dangerous on ice and in his uniform. BarDown
  • The effects of concussion in teenage athletes linger, and players are being sent back into the fray even before their brains stabilize. Second impact syndrome remains a risk. Sportsnet