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The injury to Zdeno Chara simply adds to the snowball effect of losing so many defenseman.

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Let it snow! (Marc Savard)
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The Stars host the Bruins this evening at a very reasonable 8:00PM start time on NESN.

  • Here’s a brief preview of tonight’s matchup. If it is any comfort, the Stars will have callups on their roster as well. ESPN
  • Zdeno Chara was sent home to Boston for evaluation. Welp. Enter Connor Clifton from Providence, looking to make his NHL debut. Boston Herald
  • Where does the loss of yet ANOTHER Bruins defenseman leave the team? HockeyBuzz
  • Looking back at the last times the Bruins played on without their captain, there is a case to be made that this loss will be hardest to overcome. WEEI
  • The Bruins’ rebuild is suffering a serious setback. A bunch of youngsters drafted or acquired in trade deals have yet to make their marks. And remember how the Bruins exposed Colin Miller to the (sic) Las Vegan Golden Knights? 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • In the standings- The Bruins are 9th overall, 5th in the Eastern Conference, and 4th in the division. If the playoffs were today, they’d be in a wild card spot. NHL
  • If you’re in San Diego, you can pick up a Willie O’Ree bobblehead tonight. BarDown

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Divisional rivals in the news: The Lightning will be without their star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for a spell. Raw Charge William Nylander remains unsigned by the Maple Leafs. He has three options. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Former NHLers in the news: Scott Hartnell is enjoying his post-hockey life, and reveals how he knew it was time to let go. Sports Illustrated Paul Martin never missed the playoffs- until now. NHL Tomas Plekanec has packed his black turtlenecks, and is back in the Czech Republic. CBC
  • Things are going so very well for the NHL right now, it is easy to forget the looming cloud of yet another lockout. ESPN
  • NHL players weigh in on the toughest venue to play in. NHL
  • Rookie mascot Gritty had some fun in the ”Zamboni dust” during yesterday’s snowstorm in Philadelphia. BarDown
  • Early focus on a single sport, helicopter parenting, and financial barriers may be squashing the talents of the next Wayne Gretzky. Is there any room left for creativity and the love of sport? The New Yorker