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  • Daily Buzz: November 30, 2013

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    Daily Buzz: November 30, 2013

    Tim Rosenthal November 30, 2013

    Today on Bruins Daily

    After an exciting 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins have a quick 30-hour turnaround as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets for a Saturday night tilt at the TD Garden. This will be third and final meeting between the two teams with the Black and Gold winning the first two contests, including a 3-2 overtime win 16 days ago.

    Of course, for live in-game updates, you can follow us on Twitter @BruinsDaily and join in on the discussion using #DailyLive in your tweets.

    In case you missed it

    Your’s truly has three takeaways from the thrilling win on the (day after) Thanksgiving Showdown on Boston.com.

    After a rough night against Detroit, captain Zdeno Chara showed his leadership and tallied a Gordie Howe Hat Trick and the game-winner. Anthony Travalgia chimes in on Chara’s performance.

    Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in ice time, and Chris Chirichello says it was a happy return to the lineup for the German defenseman.

    Bruins Daily chief photographer Joe Makarski has some great shots of Friday’s game, including one of the fight between Chara and Brian Boyle.

    And finally, Bruins Daily President Peter Manderino and video assistant Rich Ackerman film the postgame reaction from the B’s locker room.

    Know the enemy

    Although the Blue Jackets have struggled in their first year in the Eastern Conference, things have not been as bad for them as of late. They have 11 points in their last 10 games and find themselves three points behind the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

    Still, its been an adjustment for Columbus and things haven’t gone as well for them since the lockout shortened season when they were within striking distance of a playoff berth. Sergei Bobrovsky’s numbers have dipped (9-11-2, 2.81 goals against average and a .906 save percentage) since winning the Vezina Trophy last year, while Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and former Bruin Nathan Horton are still serving time on injured reserve.

    Still, they’ve seen Ryan Johansen develop into the team’s top center in just his third season and have gotten plenty of production from James Wisniewski on the blue-line. Johansen and Wisniewski each have 18 points to lead the Blue Jackets.

    Despite the Blue Jackets’ 10-13-3 mark, the Bruins have their work cut out for them as they’ve only outscored Columbus by a 6-3 mark in the first two meetings.

    Bruins linkage

    As evident by yesterday’s performance, Chara’s leadership has evolved quite nicely during his eight-year tenure as the B’s captain. (Ty Anderson/Hockey Buzz)

    Patrice Bergeron ended his six-game scoring drought with the tying goal yesterday. (Joe Haggerty/CSNNE)

    Claude Julien had quite a potty mouth about the officials. Yes, the cameras caught that, and it also made quite an epic GIF. (Jon Fucile/Days of Y’Orr – S/T Pete Blackburn)

    League linkage

    Not only did Sharks fans throw hats on the ice when Brent Burns scored a hat trick, but they also showed their appreciation on his driveway during the team’s 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues Friday afternoon. (Sean Leahy/Puck Daddy)

    Craig Anderson, who was once a favorite to be one of the goaltenders on the US Olympic team, is struggling in Ottawa and it may be time for Robin Lehner to take over as the Sens’ No. 1 goalie. (Rory Boylen/The Hockey News)

    Don Cherry’s future may be in doubt when the new Canadian TV contract kicks in with Rogers SportsNet, but Grapes is not buying that one bit. (Allan Muir/Sports Illustrated)

    Bruins’ projected lines

    Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton Reilly Smith Jarome Iginla
    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
    Reilly Smith-Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg
    Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

    Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
    Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
    Tore Krug-Adam McQuaid

    Chad Johnson
    Tuukka Rask

    Blue Jackets’ projected lines

    Boone Jenner-Ryan Johansen-Nick Foligno
    Matt Calvert-Artem Anisimov-Cam Atkinson
    R.J. Umberger-Mark Letestu-Blake Comeau
    Sean Collins-Michael Chaput-Jack Skille (Corey Tropp)

    Jack Johnson-Fedor Tyutin
    James Wisniewski-Ryan Murray
    Nikita Nikitin-Daulton Prout

    Curtis McElhinney
    Sergei Bobrovsky

    Tweets of interest

    Fellow Bruins Daily colleague Dan St. Pierre and Kim Ring of Ring Communications have a bet for today’s Florida State-Florida game:

    John Tortorella is being John Tortorella in his return to Broadway:

    For something completely different…

    It’s that time of year where Christmas light shows pop up on the interwebs, and this one that involves Christmas trees singing “What does the fox say” might take the cake already (S/T to Nina Falcone of CSN Chicago)

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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