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Now David Backes is lost to the Bruins for the next three games

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
We’ll see you in three games, David Backes
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The Bruins host the Flyers tonight at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • The Flyera slink into TD Garden having lost to the now Metropolitan Division leading Penguins last night. To top off their now four game losing streak, their power play has fizzled. Fox Sports
  • David Backes spoke with the Department of Player Safety and has been suspended for three games. Compare it to last week’s hit on Charlie McAvoy. Er, maybe not. Just toss a coin. Whatever. WEEI
  • Sheesh. Just what Boston DOESN’T need is yet another blow to the roster. Providence Journal
  • Torey Krug has revitalized his scoring touch, now with Nick Holden on his pairing. The key to breaking his slump was some puck luck and tweaking his shoot-vs-pass decision making. Boston Herald
  • With all the excitement about his big-name new linemate, don’t overlook the dogged work Jake DeBrusk is putting in alongside David Krejci. Chowder and Champions
  • David Pastrnak quietly hit a milestone with his three-assist night against the Red Wings, but his recent spate of turnovers has been, well, not very tasty. The Hockey Writers
  • Speaking of defense, the Bruins need to tighten up after that goal-fest win on Tuesday. Andy Brickley broke down the breakdowns. With. Alex. Kramer. The good news? The Bruins can still win games like that. (Video, 4:32) NESN
  • Brad Marchand baiting is the new strategy for opponents. With a his long history at the Department of Player Safety and his team already undermanned, the Little Ball of Hate must display extraordinary restraint. Boston Globe
  • Tommy Wingels has a very special fan- with one decidedly odd collection. Chicago Sun Times
  • It was déjà vu as the PBruins visited the Laval Rocket last night. Providence potted a quota of goals and chased an opposing goalie. Anton Blidh and Austin Czarnik each contributed a pair, Gladiator call-up Daniel Vladar earned the win. Providence Journal
  • Yay. Jeremy Jacobs and Delaware North made the Forbes list again. Boston.com
  • 2-2-3. The Bruins lead the Maple Leafs by five points, and trail the Lightning by six. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Despite being sidelined, Patrice Bergeron is still in the Hart Trophy chatter. Chicago Tribune
  • Frank Vatrano is just about ready to begin anew with the Panthers, likely to debut in one of their games this weekend. Sun-Sentinel
  • A goalie’s style and the skaters’ increased protective gear allow for shifting roles in preventing a sudden scoring chance to opponents. How well a team turns those away is a testament to cooperation and coordination between netminder and defenders. NHL
  • What could be more Canadian than a local pizza parlor offering shelter from a winter storm to the stranded AAA Winnipeg Bruins midget team? The boys cleaining up and doing the dishes before departing. CTV