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An ancient, bitter rivalry will play out again tonight.

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Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins
Fans love rivalry and Willie O’Ree
Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Bruins v. Canadiens TONIGHT- don’t miss this one! Tune in at 7:30PM on NBCSN.

  • Three questions swirl as the Bruins welcome Nos Glorieux. Causeway Crowd
  • Five points to ponder include the Canadiens’ regrets in the drafts that sent David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron to Boston. Montreal Gazette
  • The Canadiens limp into Boston without the services of several key players. Marc Bergevin is feeling the heat. NBCSports
  • Bruins roster updates include the improving health of a ginger Swede, Cliffy Hockey, and the best backup netminder in the NHL. Boston Herald
  • This matchup, right now, might be just what the doctor ordered. Patriot Ledger
  • Then again, maybe this ancient rivalry might just be getting too nice. Maybe it is just that hockey has changed.
  • Maybe the NHL needs to rework the schedule to promote divisional rivalries once again. Causeway Crowd (Counterpoint- leave well enough alone! The Hockey News)
  • Jaroslav Halak is now on the RIGHT SIDE of the rivalry. Which other players and coaches have played both sides? (Hard Paywall) The Athletic (Remember THIS ONE? YouTube)
  • David Krejci is nearing 900 NHL games played, all as a Bruin. He’d like you to think of him in one special way. WEEI
  • How to think of Danton Heinen is another issue entirely. HockeyBuzz
  • Weren’t we ALL. Jake DeBrusk talked today about his relief at not injuring Charlie McAvoy with an exuberant goal celly after the latter’s game winning goal against the Blackhawks. (With audio) 985 The Sports Hub
  • Check out who is on the February 10th cover of the Hockey News! The Hockey News
  • Meanwhile, interest in David Backes is being reported, which is apparently not mutual. Yahoo

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Capitals have dropped, and the Lightning are now nipping at Boston’s heels in second place. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the NHL’s third best goal scorer, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is the NHL goals against average leader- he joins Jaroslav Halak in that category and among the leaders in both save percentage and shutouts as well. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Willie O’Ree is in the spotlight during Black History Month. NESN The fingerprints of Ageless Brett Connolly and the cobbled-together 4th line (Noel Acciari centering two DEFENSEMEN, each member of the line scored a goal) were all over a crucial win by the Panthers last night. Panthers NHL
  • Well wishes to Jay Bouwmeester, who suffered a cardiac event during the Ducks game last night. His father, Dan, was with the other dads on the road trip and able to accompany him to the hospital. St. Louis Post-Dispatch