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A home-and-home against the Maple Leafs will tell a lot about this Bruins team.

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Four
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The Maple Leafs host the Bruins tonight in the first of a home-and-home series tonight on NESN. Tune in at 7:00 PM.

  • Hang onto your hats, Bruins fans, this is going to be a tough pair of games, even if Auston Matthews can't play. Bonus- Bruce Cassidy on why signing collegiate players is much more appealing to NHL teams than it was back in his day. Boston Herald
  • Sticktaps to Cassidy, who has piloted this team through some tough going. Causeway Crowd
  • Cassidy spoke about the availability of Brad Marchand and Noel Acciari and we will probably be seeing Anton Khudobin in net tonight. Bruins NHL
  • Something is absent from the Bruins’ game. Grit. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Boston Globe
  • Maybe poise is what is lacking. The Hockey Writers
  • And the Bruins? You were right about them all along. But no, they're not a bad team- they're The Walking Dead. Days of Y'Orr
  • Mark Recchi made an important contribution to the Bruins he played with as well as to the Bruins that have come along since his retirement. And he is one tough hombre. CBS Boston
  • The new "Behind the B" is up- The annual Halloween hospital visit proves that having a lightsaber in hand turns anyone into a three-year-old. Khodobin gets to see military dogs and their trainers in action. (Video, 21:47) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Bryan Lewis, who became an NHL referee back in the 1960's, has seen a lot. There are still some rules changes he'd still like to see. The Score
  • Meanwhile, Brynäs IF is not impressed with the penalties Adler Mannheim was assessed following the predatory hits that injured Daniel Paille and his teammate. They may take take civil action or boycott CHL participation. Brynäs
  • Tony Granato says Team USA has NHL calibre talent. You can tune into the Olympic Games and see for yourself. USA Today
  • It needed to be said. We've seen the Blackhawks play outdoors plenty, and we know why. Give some other team a chance. SBNation