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The Bruins are much improved (and healthier) over earlier this season

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This is Danton Heinen, not Torey Krug.
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Tomorrow night the Red Wings host the Bruins for Rivalry Night at 8:00 PM on NBCSN. (For your homer dose, monitor @RealJackEdwards on Twitter.)

  • Checking on the status of the team as they depart for Detroit includes a note that Matt Beleskey was injured in practice, and that Noel Acciari has returned to practice. CBS Boston
  • The Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division- who'd have thought it possible after a scary start to the season? Suddenly, things are going right for the Bruins. Get well soon, Ty Anderson. Hockeybuzz
  • Oh what fun it is to see Bruins yukking it up and doling out gifts at five local hospitals. (With video) CBS Boston Here's a photo gallery of the visit to Boston Floating Hospital Boston Herald and even more video-ho-ho. @NHLBruins
  • Adam McQuaid can focus on his recovery, Bruce Cassidy assures that a slot will be open for his return. Patriot Ledger He spoke frankly about missing time, and wistfully about missing his teammates. (Video, 2:05) @NHLBruins
  • An angry Jake DeBrusk is a motivated Jake DeBrusk. Now how exactly do you harness that? CBS Boston
  • Islanders head coach Doug Weight is still wondering how Brad Marchand escaped the long arm of the Department of Player Safety on Saturday night. (With video) The Score
  • The PBruins are atop the Atlantic Division, and these factors have powered their success. The Hockey Writers
  • Review the highs and lows from the past weekend’s Providence Bruins action- their next 8 games will all be on the road. Rinkside Rhode Island

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Dish up 31 Thoughts. Is Anton Khudobin worthy to win the Bunny Larocque Award? One interesting controversy surrounds wearable technology- who owns the data? Bonus- one sensible travel packing tip for the holidays. Sportsnet
  • NHL weekend in review- the Metropolitan Division is so hot right now. Five teams are playoff bound while five circle the drain. Which NHL youngster clearly inherited his father's truculence? Sportsnet
  • The only thing uglier than these holiday sweaters is mistaking Danton Heinen for Torey Krug. Ouch! BarDown
  • As an increase in the salary cap looks more probable, which NHL teams are poised to reap the most benefit? The Hockey News
  • Now that the Flames have outgrown their current location, news of the increased value of an NHL franchise makes a move more likely. National Post
  • Following their sale to new owners, Gary Bettman assures the Hurricanes that their future is safe in Quebec City. NO, REALLY! The Elbow