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Morning briefing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 18, 2009 11:14 AM

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CHICAGO -- Good morning from the United Center, where the Bruins will take on the Blackhawks. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. EST.

* Chicago is gunning for its third straight shutout. The Blackhawks blanked the Blues and Lightning in their last two games.

* Mark Stuart (sternum) has been placed on injured reserve. The Bruins have 22 players on their active roster. Stuart is not in a body cast.

* Don't expect much on the power play. The Bruins have the league's best penalty kill (86.2 percent). The Blackhawks have the second-best PK (85.5 percent).

* Tim Peel and Francois St. Laurent will be the referees. Mark Pare and Bryan Pancich will be the linesmen.
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