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Fresh Links: Season Opener, Questions And Keys

Both David Backes and Patrice Bergeron have been ruled out for opening night.

Don Sweeney
With a former Bruin as General Manager, the Bruins take on the new season. (Don Sweeney)

The Predators come prowling into TD Garden tonight itching for a fight. Don’t miss the action on both NESN (with audio on 100.7 @WZLX) and also on FoxSportsGo, beginning at 7:00PM.

  • No Patrice Bergeron or David Backes tonight? What kind of fun is that- and should we worry? WEEI Final word is they are BOTH out for tonight. @HLBruins
  • There are four issues the Bruins need to address successfully to ensure an appearance in the postseason. The fourth is one that has challenged this team for several seasons, now.
  • Actually, five. There are FIVE keys to Bruins success. One is the success of coach Bruce Cassidy in implementing a full season of his system. Boston Herald
  • Then focus on these ten burning questions surrounding the Bruins as we begin the regular season- the answers will define this team. MassLive
  • Anders Bjork is poised to build on his US National Team and draft pedigree. His performance will be important to the Bruins success. Boston Globe
  • Charlie McAvoy is ready- just ask his former Boston University defensive partner, Matt Grzelcyk. Boston Herald
  • Frank Vatrano must put in the work. He is on notice that his current level of play is not enough to assure a roster spot. MassLive
  • Infectiously eager and joyous, David Pastrnak still puts in the work that speaks to his star potential. And he’s way big in China. Boston Herald
  • Hear ye, hear ye! You be the judge after reading this treatise- does Zdeno Chara belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Causeway Crowd
  • We have a winner! As Dave Goucher is in Las Vegas now (joining Colin Miller and now Malcolm Subban,) 98.5 The Sports Hub has named his replacement in the booth. CBS Boston
  • This projection for the Eastern Conference looks to the Lightning to light ‘em up this season. Bonus- link to podcast interview with Ryan Spooner. South Coast Today
  • There is consensus in these staff predictions for the Bruins and the Stanley Cup final matchup, the surprise is one Bruin singled out for a surprising season. Boston Herald

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Enjoy this montage of opening night clips from all around the NHL. We have hockey once again! (With video, photo links) Sportsnet Then simply shake your head over this brain cramp. @PeteBlackburn
  • Six notable storylines will dominate the opening week of the season. One is the newly energized Battle of Alberta. Sportsnet
  • Bonne chance to Marc Dumont, who is headed to (you guessed it) The Athletic covering Montreal. Habs Eyes On The Prize
  • In former Bruins news: Today the Islanders celebrate the trade that brought them former Bruin Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. There was one bright upside to the Bruins from the trade. Eyes On Isles This stint with the Flames is likely Jaromir Jagr’s swan song in the NHL- the league’s youth movement has caught up with him. (With video) Sportsnet
  • The UMaine Black Bears are young, but have high hopes for junior Rob McGovern and freshman Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman in goal. Press Herald
  • No Lady Byng for you, Jiri Hudler, you hooligan! TSN