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Morning briefing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 14, 2009 09:59 AM

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laviolette.JPGGood morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Flyers tonight in a Winter Classic tuneup.

* This is the first time the Bruins will play Philadelphia since the Flyers replaced John Stevens with Franklin native Peter Laviolette. The Flyers have won one game since the coaching change.

* As usual, Philadelphia leads the NHL in penalty minutes per game (17.8). The Philadelphia penalty kill is ranked No. 25 in the NHL (78.3 percent).

* Blair Betts (shoulder), Simon Gagne (groin), Ray Emery (abdomen), and Darroll Powe (shoulder) are injured.

* Rob Martell and Chris Rooney will be the referees. Steve Barton and Jean Morin will be the linesmen.

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