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Which is worse, losing games or losing players to injury?

Boston Bruins v New York Rangers
Let’s get our heads back in the game!
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The Bruins are in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs tonight at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Tonight is the battle of slumping divisional rivals, and cobbled-up lines and pairings are the result. Providence Journal
  • Brucke Cassidy believes Charlie McAvoy’s play can still reach another level. Bonus- Links to The Skate Podcast, one featuring Jamie McLennan and one with Kevan Miller. WEEI
  • And now Zach Senyshyn is injured. When will it all stop?
  • Next man up? Trent Frederic . Bonus- projected lineups. Bruins Daily
  • Ignoring the reasons for it, of course, the Bruins are glad for a chance to see Charlie Coyle on David Krejci’s wing. Boston Herald
  • Slip slidin’ away- here’s how the Bruins squandered a 4 goal lead against the Panthers. Boston Globe
  • As for shootouts, well, the Bruins should avoid those at all costs. Boston Herald
  • This has not been a good month for Boston against divisional opponents. Causeway Crowd
  • Would Ilya Kovalchuk be a good target for Boston? Lend your ears to the NESN podcast. (Link to audio, 29:55) NESN
  • Cheer up, Bruins fans- we’ve got the gift that is David Pastrnak! The Ringer
  • Meanwhile, here’s the news from Providence. There has been a trickledown effect on the PBruins from injuries up in Boston. Causeway Crowd
  • Count on Bobby Orr to find kind words of support for Don Cherry.

NHL Standings:

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

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • 31 Thoughts may as well be news of former (and current) Bruins! Leading off are grumblings in Dallas about star players including Tyler Seguin, how the Maple Leafs will replace Michael Hutchinson, whether or not Charlie Coyle using his skates constitutes possession in a called-back goal, Ryan Donato as a trade chip, fallout for the Sabres in injury to Vladimir Sobotka , and a big game for Malcolm Subban. Bonus- Par Lindholm stands alone in the NHL right now in one specific category. Sportsnet
  • Another shootout, another win- these days the Panthers are having some luck with their backup netminder. Puck Prose
  • And POOF, it was gone! Auston Matthews must be relieved now that all charges have been dismissed. The Hockey News
  • Ranking the NHL’s netminders- the good, bad, and ugly. Pension Plan Puppets