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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
There will be less of him to love this season as a result of his off-season training (David Backes)
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • David Backes is back to his college fighting weight and is steeled for whatever this season has in store for him. Bonus- the Rangers will stick with Henrik Lundqvist, thanks, and have bolstered their roster with youth and former Bruins. Boston Globe
  • Put down your pitchforks- Jaroslav Halak projects to be an upgrade over Anton Khudobin, as Ty Anderson explains. 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Kirk Luedeke assesses Trent Frederic, Jack Studnicka, Jakub Zboril, and Peter Cehlarik in this weekend’s reverie. (Audio 1:12:09, also with video) Scouting Post
  • Providence welcomed the Bruins Fan Fest Tour, and Mark Divver was there to buttonhole Bruce Cassidy about the Bruins’ plans and recent personnel changes. Providence Journal
  • This year’s Winter Classic logo and uniforms will have a decidedly retro aesthetic. (Trigger warning- images of the 2016 Winter Classic Pooh sweaters) CBS Boston
  • Test your knowledge of Boston Bruins Trivia, with links to video. The Hockey Writers
  • Charlie McAvoy goes with the flow in EA Sports NHL 19. BarDown
  • Torey Krug didn’t think his own NHL 19 flow was up to snuff. Grumblegrumblegrumble. NESN
  • Lend an ear to the latest Optional Skate podcast. Pez flies solo, touching on the results of recent fan polling about Boston sports and ponders the tough roster questions- who is going to sit? (Audio, 32:32) Days of Y’Orr, via SoundCloud
  • Torey Krug and his companions met some whales up close and personal. Boston Globe

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: A bunch of local lads and former Bruins played to raise a bunch of bucks for Boston charities. Boston Herald Browse more pix and video. Comm Ave Classic
  • Are we kidding ourselves about a perceived home ice advantage in officiating? Travis Yost looks at the facts. TSN
  • Take a look at which goalies were the cream of the Atlantic Division crop last season. The Hockey Writers