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Tonight on NBCSN: No. 8 Boston University hosts Harvard


Two teams from the Hub of Hockey going in opposite directions square off on Commonwealth Avenue.

No. 8 Boston University Terriers (11-6-0) vs. Harvard Crimson (4-7-1) — 7:00 p.m. ET

Boston University rolls into tonight’s game having won five of their last seven games. Meanwhile, Ted Donato’s Harvard squad is winless in its last six with just a 2-2 tie to Merrimack keeping them from losing six in a row. While BU has a recent blowout loss to Denver stuck in their craw, their run of late has seen them split with Boston College and get a win over New Hampshire.

Safe to say Jack Parker’s Terriers are doing just fine right now. The same can’t be said for Harvard.

The Crimson sit ninth in the ECAC and are just two points ahead of the three teams behind them. While their fortunes can change quickly there, showing some fight against BU would go a long way to helping them rebound in the second half. Given their play against a couple other Hockey East teams last month (5-0 loss to UMass-Lowell, 5-1 loss to Northeastern), those prospects don’t look good.

NHL prospects to watch

Boston University: BU’s top goal man is Wade Megan (F-Florida, pictured), but he missed the team’s last game against Rensselaer last week. Boston Hockey Blog says he practiced yesterday and is probable for tonight. Fear not BU fans, there’s more firepower here with guys like sophomore leading scorer Cason Hohmann (undrafted), Team USA World Junior cut Matt Grzelcyk (D-Boston), freshman Danny O’Regan (F-San Jose), and junior Garrett Noonan (D-Nashville).

Others: Matt Nieto (F-San Jose), Sam Kurker (F-St. Louis), Sean Maguire (G-Pittsburgh), and Wesley Myron (F-Vancouver)

Harvard: All eyes will be on Team USA World Junior gold medalist Jimmy Vesey (Nashville) and for good reason. He showed a nice scoring touch against the world’s best and Harvard could sure use the offense. Fellow forward Alex Fallstrom (Boston) and defenseman Danny Biega (Carolina) are standouts here.

Others: Colin Blackwell (F-San Jose), Brian Hart (F-Tampa Bay), Petr Placek (F-Philadelphia), Patrick McNally (D-Vancouver) and Max Everson (D-Toronto).

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.