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The Bruins are in St. Louis on RIVALRY NIGHT to open their four-game road trip

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NHL: St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
Adam McQuaid catches up with old teammate Vladimir Sobotka
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The Blues host the Bruins tonight at 8:00 PM on NBCSN because RIVALRY NIGHT!?!

  • St. Louis is in a dogfight for the wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but they will be minus sniper Vladimir Tarasenko this evening. Fox Sports
  • Do you need reasons to watch this game? Here are five, anyway. NHL
  • This is the opening game of a four-game roadie. (With video) NESN
  • Former Blues captain David Backes dished on the scary cut that will keep him out of tonight’s game. MassLive
  • Have a look at the list of the most recently injured- of them, only Backes is currently traveling with the team. MassLive
  • Bruce Cassidy is all set with the recent injuries. ENOUGH! WEEI
  • No Ryan Donato at practice? No worries. He followed up his NHL debut by rejoining his classmates at Harvard the following morning. WEEI
  • It has been a whirlwind of a year for Donato, and the Bruins are all-in for the future, as demonstrated by their recent signing of Trent Frederic. Metro.US
  • Donato is at the head of the list of four youngsters to watch in the NHL. The Hockey News
  • Hey, who needs a President’s Trophy anyway? There are bigger fish to fry. Boston Herald
  • Here’s the weekend that was for the Providence Bruins- Zach Senyshyn is running hot and cold, and three new PBruins made their debuts. Injuries are mounting. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Are you one of our relatively new Bruins fans? Mick Colageo offers this quick Who’s Who of the Bruins’ roster. South Coast Today
  • On this day in Bruins history 28 years ago, a Nordiques goaltender with a fun name stopped 70 shots against the Bruins. Even Cam Neely insisted that he take a bow postgame. NHL
  • Claude Julien chipped in with birthday greetings to Bobby Orr. Montreal Gazette
  • 2-2-3. Boston trails the Lightning by five points and leads the Maple Leafs by six, and last night the Bolts beat the Leafs. Thanks, buds! NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • But it was 3-0! Four unanswered goals, come from behind win... the Bolts found out what we already knew about the Leafs last night. TSN
  • For some, it marks the end of an era, for others- SCHADENFREUDE ALERT. Second City Hockey
  • Take it away, Toronto! You want consistency in video review and coachs’ challenges? The General Managers call for giving the final decision to the situation room. TSN
  • As teams begin qualifying for the playoffs, here’s a quick look at the contentious Metropolitan Division and why that will be important to the Lightning and Bruins. Bonus- check the league leaders in individual stats. USA Today
  • The OHL playoffs-bound Ottawa 67’s are on top of their hair game. BarDown
  • Godspeed, Larry Kwong (a.k.a the China Clipper) whose single shift in a Rangers uniform marked an NHL milestone. Globe and Mail