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Morning briefing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 6, 2009 10:19 AM

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Good morning from TD Banknorth Garden, where the Bruins will face off against the Wild tonight. Minnesota is one of only five teams that has defeated the Bruins in regulation this season.

Some tidbits from the game notes:

* The Bruins have only won once against the Wild in seven lifetime attempts. They have never beaten Minnesota on home ice.

* Marc Savard is riding a five-game point streak (2-7--9).

* Some good special teams play from Minnesota. The Wild have the sixth-best power play in the league (22.6 percent) and the second-best penalty kill (87.9 percent).

* Dave Jackson and Dean Morton will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Jonny Murray will be the linesmen.

* With special lineups on the mind (world juniors, All-Star Game), I've been thinking up some Canadian and American rosters for next year's Olympics. Will give you a possible Team Canada lineup later today.

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