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Winter Classic broadcast ratings marked a four-year high

2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Boston Bruins v Chicago Blackhawks
He’s snow angel (Brad Marchand)
Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bruins hope to burn out the Flames tonight at TD Garden, tune in at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • With any luck, that nice victory in the Winter Classic will pay dividends in momentum against Calgary. Providence Journal
  • On the other hand, looking back at the 2010 Winter Classic, the Bruins might want to be careful of a hangover effect. Bruins Daily
  • Broadcast ratings are in for the Winter Classic, and reversed a four-year trend, in which one key factor seems to matter. WEEI
  • Take five... predictions for the new year. One of the boldest- the Bruins re-signing Rick Nash. The Hockey Writers
  • Nineteen notable points in 2019 for the Bruins include further enjoyment of David Pastrnak and his “all-world” personality (not just his strong game) and Jaroslav Halak at the top of not only his own game, but the NHL goalie stats. Boston Globe
  • Some folks get all spun up about the narrative surrounding Tuukka Rask. Whatever sparks this kind of polarization? (Sticktaps for the link back to us here at Stanley Cup of Chowder.) Boston.com
  • Marc Savard sat with Jimmy Murphy at CLNS to talk Winter Classic, the current Tyler Seguin flap, and who might be a good target for aquisition by Boston. Bonus- topics indexed with much appreciated time stamps, (Audio, 20:19) CLNS Media

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Divisional competition and former Bruins news: Already minus their regular backup, and now with Frederik Andersen on injured reserve, the Maple Leafs have called up former Bruin Michael Hutchinson. NHL Carey Price may return to action as soon as tonight. NHL Price’s absence was for several reasons. @JohnLuTSNMTL
  • This New Year’s resolution-themed power ranking seats Boston at #7, with a fervent wish to see one particular celly. ESPN
  • The regular NHL All-Star roster has been settled, guess which joyful Czech is representing the Bruins? A new provision to cover last-minute slots has led to a chance for his linemate Patrice Bergeron to join him. CBS Boston
  • Brandon Carlo might be especially happy to hear that an outdoor game is planned next year for his neck of the woods. Air Force Times
  • Dive into the first Thirty-one Thoughts of 2019 to sit and spin on the Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn situation. All the kewl kidz are. Sportsnet
  • Winters are long in Winnipeg, so one SBNation sister site has begun a book review series- tuck into Sean McIndoe’s “The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL.” Arctic Ice Hockey
  • A long-dead industry connection dictates why the new NHL team in Seattle must resurrect an old name. NO, REALLY! Lighthouse Hockey