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Doug Pensinger

What do Rob Zombie and the NHL have in common? A movie. Seriously.

Rob Zombie has gone from horror to hockey.

Zombie has ditched the slasher flicks with his latest project, a movie adaptation of the Philadelphia Flyers’ famed Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s. The Bullies pounded their way into the hearts of Flyers fans — and became the most despised team in the NHL — while winning the franchise’s only two Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.

Raised a hockey fan outside Boston, the Bullies caught Zombie’s attention.

Now, he has theirs.

More about Lindy Ruff being let go from Buffalo.

Buffalo hired Ruff in 1997 after he had served as an assistant with Florida. Including his time as a Sabres player in the 1980s, Ruff has been associated with the club for about 25 years.

Among North America's four major pro sports, Ruff's tenure was second only behind Gregg Popovich, who's been coach of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs since 1996.

After winning their first two games in January, Buffalo has plummeted down the East standings. A home loss Tuesday to the Winnipeg Jets dropped the club to 6-10-1. In the NHL alone, there had been 170 coaching changes since Ruff was hired on July 21, 1997.

A Toronto Maple Leaf player is giving tickets to military.

For every Leafs home game this season, Joffrey Lupul is donating two tickets, jerseys, food and refreshments to members of the Canadian Forces, who will be honoured at each game. Follow on Twitter @LupesTroops: