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The Bruins celebrate Rick Middleton tomorrow night.

Rick Middleton, back in the day

Tomorrow night the Bruins pause to honor Rick Middleton, and then host the Islanders at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Number 16 floats to the rafters tomorrow night. Rick Middleton famously orchestrated the tempo of the game, and then conjured up eye-popping “Howdy Doodys” to score. Bonus- link to a previous article about Middleton’s early years playing in the streets of Scarborough, ON. Boston Globe
  • In his honor, here are 16 fun facts about the player known as “Nifty”. Bruins NHL
  • News of Kevan Miller- he’ll need five weeks to recuperate. Welp. TSN
  • Help Wanted- the Bruins are looking for some scoring. WEEI
  • The call has gone out to Providence once again- paging Ryan Donato! CBS Boston
  • The good news? Patrice Bergeron reports that he is on the mend. With all the injuries , he is impressed by the way Providence players have filled in. WEEI
  • Case in point- Colby Cave is now holding Bergeron’s spot centering the top line. His capability at the faceoff dot has been especially welcome. Boston Herald
  • As much as the kids at Children’s Hospital love playing games with fellow kid David Pastrnak, he’s been relegated to refereeing the bingo games for reasons. WEEI He was honored at the Champions for Children gala for putting smiles on sick childrens’ faces- maybe it was just his windowpane checked suit? (Video, 1:08) Bruins NHL
  • Not only does he own the Bingo card, Pastrnak flat out dominates the Maple Leafs time and time again. Chowder and Champions
  • So, do you miss last year’s Bruins players that Boston didn’t retain? Where are they, and how are they doing with their new teams? WEEI
  • Standings- Boston remains ninth overall in the league NHL, sixth in the Eastern Conference NHL fourth in the competitive Atlantic Division, NHL and is squatting atop the first wild card spot. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Dive on into 31 Thoughts- #18, 19, 20 are Bruins related- there is an unusual dressing room stall assignment when Boston plays in Toronto. The deadline for CHL “Exceptional Status” applications closes on Saturday. Sportsnet
  • At the end of week #9, the Bruins are still in the top 10 of this power ranking. Yahoo Sports
  • As the Bruins well know, the relationship between an NHL team and its AHL affiliate can be a profitable one in developing talent. Here’s which teams are making hay in the minors. Faceoff Circle