Morning Skate 211: Rising up for the Red Wings

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Morning Skate 211: Rising up for the Red Wings

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON It doesnt get much better than a weekend home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings that will end with a Sunday afternoon game at Joe Louis Arena, set to be televised nationally on NBC.Steve Kampfer and Tim Thomas will be playing against the team that they rooted wildly and passionately for as kids growing up in Michigan, and the rest of the Bruins players get another measuring stick weekend after slapping division rival Montreal across the face earlier this week. The Bs are 3-5-2 against Western Conference teams this season, and will certainly be looking to improve on that number. Its also their fourth and final home-and-home series of the NHL season with the Bs putting up a 2-1 record in the two previous home-and-home showdowns earlier this season.Its also the first Friday night home game for the Bruins at the Garden since the Bs hosted the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Nov. 21, 2008 and it was quite a while before that game two seasons ago.With that on to the links: More on the Quebec City castle thats being built to woo a team back there, and how the community is willing to pay for it with their wallets. Great account by Friend of Haggs (FOH)Arpon Basu on the mountain being made out of a playful exchange between Hal Gill and P.K. Subban, and the unique issues with media groups speaking two different languages in Montreal. Matt Cooke always disappoints in his reactions to wrongdoing and on-ice treachery, and hes no different this time around after a four-game suspension. Would much rather just hear him say: Im a punk now, I have been a punk and I will always be a punk. Buyers and sellers at the NHL trade deadline from the Philly point of view, which I always appreciate. An interesting story on Anssi Salmela and his ability to turn things around with the Devils in New Jersey as the team is finally emerging for a late season push. Great job over at Wicked Good Sports to have some fun with the BostonMontreal epic fight night of two days ago, and one of my favorite Nintendo games growing up. Good job, gents and ladies. A great story out ofMinnesotaon the butterfly style, goalie injuries and the way of the world changing for the masked men between the pipes. I have talked to some prominent hip doctors and heard many of the same theoriesideas tossed around.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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