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The Bruins need to pounce early and play a full 60 to beat the Panthers

NHL: Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers
Yeah, I’m not too thrilled about a losing streak, either.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins host the Panthers tonight at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • In a nutshell, this is NOT the streak the Bruins were looking for. We may not see Noel Acciari tonight, although local lad Brian Boyle will probably have a bunch of family in the stands. Fox Sports
  • Jaroslav Halak simply MUST be in net for the Bruins. Causeway Crowd
  • Hey, Bruce Cassidy, have you got any more of that Charlie McAvoy/Matt Grzelcyk pairing for us? The Hockey Writers
  • Swift Anders Bjork is still acclimating to his role with the Bruins. Boston Herald
  • Torey Krug is out. Might Matt Grzelcyk be part of the answer on the power play? WEEI
  • Did I mention that Torey Krug is out? What adjustments should we expect on the blueline? Patriot Ledger
  • Injuries are mounting, wins are declining. What to do? What to do? HockeyBuzz
  • Meanwhile, this is the summary of the weekend that was for the Providence Bruins. Guess who has the worst home record in the AHL? Rinkside Rhode Island
  • In honor of Veteran’s (or Remembrance) day, the story of the Kraut Line merits another look. The Hockey News

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins thankfully retain the lead the Atlantic Division NHL but now trail both the Capitals and Islanders in the Eastern Conference. NHL In the league overall, Boston has dropped to fifth place behind those two teams in addition to the Oilers and the Blues. (Standings are pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • Note that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are still sprinkled among the Offensive Leaders, and both Marchand and Zdeno Chara are listed among the Plus/Minus leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask remains in the mix of Goaltending Leaders in all but one category. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Raw deal? Michael Hutchinson has been waived by the Maple Leafs. Read the comments- Bob McKenzie defends Hutchinson’s performance in quoted Tweets. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Let’s talk about NHL goaltender workload. Maybe there is more to it than just starts. Pension Plan Puppets
  • It has been a Hall of Fame career for Boston College’s Jerry York, whose late father-in-law once asked when he was going to get a REAL job. Ha! NHL
  • Is this hockey’s Tommy John surgery- a hip procedure(s) necessary on younger and younger goaltenders called upon to repeatedly perform unnatural splits? Buffalo News
  • Stoop to conquor? The Maple Leafs must avoid the Bruins in the playoffs at all costs- there’s one way to accomplish that, and it will be distasteful to Leafs fans. Last Word On Hockey
  • Sidney Crosby’s professionalism has changed the way successful youngsters approach the game. Technology has helped- the best not only play the games, but debrief their performances afterward. Sportsnet
  • Dear Washington Capitals, the Bruins feel your pain. Seeya on Saturday! Yahoo Sports
  • Sportsnet has dropped the hammer on dapper Don Cherry. ESPN
  • All that’s left is the fallout- what can Canada’s premier fashion fabric distributor do other than declare bankruptcy? The horror! NO, REALLY! The Beaverton