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Fresh Links: Tandem

Depth in the bench at all postitions have fueled the Bruins success this season.

NHL: OCT 14 Ducks at Bruins
Two heads are better than one (Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask warm up)
Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blackhawks arrive at TD Garden tonight at 7:00PM to face the Bruins, watch on NESN.

  • The Blackhawks arrive with their moms in tow, and with a Monday loss to the Blues marking 3 losses in their last 4 games. NHL
  • What’s better than one stellar goaltender? A league-leading tandem. The Bruins’ roster depth doesn’t end with their forwards and defensemen. Boston Globe
  • Please reunite Brandon Carlo with Zdeno Chara for tonight, Bruce Cassidy. Causeway Crowd
  • When the going gets tough, Boston buckles down to find ways to win. This is often after glacial starts, as fans are biting their nails in the third period, Boston Herald
  • Of course, with notable players returning from injury soon, there will be a clog in the pipeline. Providence Journal
  • Brandon Carlo has been money 5-on-5, defensively. It is nice to see him slip in a goal now and again. Boston Sports Journal
  • As for the Bruins postseason hopes, much depends on Charlie McAvoy and his performance at the blueline. Bonus- There’s a new biography of Lionel Hitchman available for your gift list, and please call the Bruins’ backup netminder “Yar-0” Halak. South Coast Today
  • Putting David Pastrnak ’s hot start into perspective and musing the likelihood of re-signing Jaroslav Halak and David Krejci , and the state of the NHL as far as bigotry is concerned. Kevin Paul Dupont is the guest on The Skate Podcast. (Link to audio, 49:39) WEEI
  • Lend your ears to this discussion of the Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner contracts as well as planning to actively manage the workloads of a few key Bruins. (Link to audio, 42:50) NESN
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the news is good. The cupboards are stocked with young talent and former Panther Alex Petrovic is pouncing on his chance to prove he is resdy to return to the NHL. Bruins Daily
  • For more in PBruins news, this podcast covers Providence standing atop the AHL’s Eastern Conference right now, and prospect Jeremy Swayman making the most of his time at UMaine. (Audio, 38:53) CLNS

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are still tops in the Atlantic Division NHL, but are behind the Capitals (with a game in hand) in the Eastern Conference NHL and the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is solidly number one as the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. Marchand, David Krejci,and Zdeno Chara are in the Plus/Minus Leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are the cream of the crop and also within spitting distance of each other in every category but wins. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Their sage Director of New Media has taken steps to eliminate injuries to Penguins players with notable success. Other NHL teams should follow suit. @AndiPerelman
  • Is it hubris to brag that Boston’s autumn professional teams are all undefeated at home? Prime Time Sports Talk
  • What is the likelihood that recent revelations mean curtains for Mike Babcock’s NHL coaching career? The Hockey News
  • Have a hankering for sports stories from diverse viewpoints? Try this interview of Kristen Shilton, who covers the Maple Leafs for TSN, from this new source- Limitless Media.
  • 31 Thoughts breaks the news that the NHL is preparing a Code of Conduct to roll out soon. Brad Marchand apologized for his ire at the concussion spotter that pulled him from the recent Rangers game for observation. Sportsnet
  • Things are not going well in Toronto, so TSN has resorted to trigger warnings on their Maple Leafs related content. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton