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Fresh Links: Exceeding Expectations

The Bruins have surged past the tepid predictions for them from earlier this season.

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Boston Bruins v Ottawa Senators - Game One
Sean Kuraly contemplates his next move, with Charlie MCAvoy and Tim Schaller

The Bruins have a busy weekend, hosting the Hurricanes on Saturday at 7:00 PM (on NESN) and then follow up with a visit the Penguins on Sunday at 7:30 PM (on NBCSN, no surprise there)

  • Do you recall the THREE postponed games in 2013, and the reasons why? Boston Herald
  • Don your hindsight glasses- expectations were modest for this Bruins team early this year- remember? Boston Herald
  • The Sean Kuraly line is fun to watch even as they’re having fun. Along with linemates Noel Acciari and Tim Schaller, the trio are a bargain that yields returns. Boston Globe
  • Changes are coming to the Bruins power play- look for Ryan Spooner to swap positions with Danton Heinen. Patriot Ledger
  • Review the Bruins’ options with Frank Vatrano- Maybe a change of scenery would do him good. The Hockey Writers
  • Cuddle up with the latest episode of “Behind the B” (and note who has been edited out of and into the opening titles.) Watch Anton Khudobin mug a kid and then demonstrate good taste in handbags. The team holiday party is a chance to see the families. (Video, 21:52) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Congrats to PBruins coach Jay Leach, Austin Czarnik , PBruin-on-loan Jordan Binnington (NOT Bennington), and former Bruin Chris Bourque for being named to the AHL All-Star roster. Puck Prose
  • What do the Bruins have in common with the Golden Knights ? A surge in the NHL standings! TSN
  • Former Bruin Al Montoya has left Montreal and is now an Oiler. TSN
  • There are some familiar names on this list of players coming available as rentals. Is this the year to snap up Thomas Vanek, take another turn with Benoit Pouliot, or maybe sign Evander Kane or Tomas Plekanec? Sportsnet
  • The loss of vision in one eye didn’t hold back Kevin Collins from a stellar career in officiating- it all came together by accident. USA Hockey
  • Looking ahead to the 2022 Olympics, IIHF chief Rene Fasel is pulling out all stops to get the NHL to participate. Globe and Mail
  • Years ago, TSN bought the broadcast rights to the World Junior Championship on a gamble- they have since turned it into gold. National Post