TORONTO The Bruins lineup looks a little different than it did on Thursday night due to injuries sustained against the Sabres, but the Black and Gold are still looking for better results against a Leafs team theyve dominated recently. Tuukka Rask is looking to bounce back from his worst statistical game of the season when he allowed six goals on 31 shots, and the Bruins defense is looking to get back to their shutdown ways. Jamie Tardif will be making his NHL debut with the Bruins, and Chris Bourque is returning to the Boston lineup after getting scratched against Buffalo.
The Leafs will also be debuting 6-foot-5 defenseman Frazer McLaren after they picked him on waivers from the San Jose organization, a player that Milan Lucic admitted was the only one put him on his back during a junior hockey fight. That should be something interesting to watch.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while always holding a special place in my heart for Dickie Dunn as my favorite "Slap Shot" character. If Dickie Dunn wrote it, then it must be true.
*The ESPN hockey crew puts together some of their best scenes and favorite lines from "Slap Shot" as the movie hits 40 years old. I was first introduced to Slap Shot in my high school years and I liked it for the Hanson Brothers as much as for anything else, but that is a movie that just gets better and better every time I watch it. And I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times. God bless Paul Newman for agreeing to lend his Hollywood star power to such a crazy, hilarious and raucous love letter to hockey.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brian Wilde is recognizing the limitations of the Canadiens even under new coach Claude Julien.
*Bryan Bickell is stepping even closer to a return to the Carolina Hurricanes as he battles through his MS diagnosis.
*Kevin Shattenkirk apparently turned down a sign-and-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and also turned down a chance to get dealt to the Edmonton Oilers last summer as well. I think the Blues D-man has a short list of teams he wants to sign with as a free agent, and neither one of those teams is on the list.
*Darren Dreger weighs in on Shattenkirk as well, and the price tag of a top prospect, first-round pick and NHL player for the puck-moving rental D-man seems very excessive.
*Things are coming to a head with Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres as he takes his play to a high level in Buff over the last few months.
*Interesting piece on Ed Snider’s daughter becoming an advocate for medicinal marijuana after his father’s health battles.
*For something completely different: Looks like a new season of "The Voice" coming our way.