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The Red Wings are now the Bruins' divisional bedfellows, will somebody now roll over and steal all the blankets?

Claude Julien readies his team for the playoffs again
Claude Julien readies his team for the playoffs again

The Bruins prepare to face their first round opponents, the Detroit Red Wings, with the player roster they currently have.

  • The good news is, the Bruins do not need to rush any currently injured players back into game action. [ESPN]
  • However, Justin Florek has been recalled to Boston this morning. [WEEI]
  • The Red Wings have called heavily upon young players this year, just as the Bruins have, but the Bruins have a lot of players returning again from the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team. [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • As they have all season, the Bruins will win or lose the battle on the hill of their committee approach. Individual players' names may change, but the team functions as a whole. [SouthCoastToday]
  • Got infographics? Here's how the Bruins stack up to the Red Wings... on paper. [SBNation]
  • The Bruins need to show up ready and engaged, and prepare for an "Euro-style game" of speed and possession, not "dump-and-chase." [BostonHerald]
  • Of course, the Bruins and Red Wings are a great deal more familiar with each other this year than previously, thanks to the NHL realignment. [SeacoastOnline]
  • Questions still linger about the relatively green Bruins defensive corps: Will the kids be alright? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Peter Chiarelli got to spend quality time with his Detroit counterpart in Sochi, and sees a lot of similarities between the Bruins and Red Wings. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Olympic hockey success involved strategizing based on some degree of appropriate information sharing, and not just concerning the Canadian and American players. [TauntonGazette]
  • Jarome Iginla is being careful not to put the cart before the horse in the postseason. [NHL]
  • In praise of Loui Eriksson, and all the skill and options he brings. [Boston.PressroomSports]
  • Shhhh! Here's the five-step guide to defeating the Bruins. [IntelligentHockey]
  • And good luck with that, as the Bruins reached yet another high mark in closing out the regular season. [NHLBruins^CS]
  • A former classmate of Dougie Hamilton 's has posted a charming yearbook picture. [Imgur,Reddit]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu to a pair of NHL old warhorses, and to the regular season. [Grantland]
  • It's a toss of the darts, a bold projection of the playoff results in the East. [TheSportingNews]
  • Don't get cocky! Look up your team here to see why they will NOT win it all. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Let's take time out for Hockey Hugs! [PuckDaddy]
  • Tomas Vokoun is baaaaaack... [PittsburghPost-Gazette]
  • Here's a quick recap of the current state of the Eastern Conference goalies. [CBCSports]
  • No need to go any farther, this simulation on NHL 14 has already tagged the winners of both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Here are the first round matchups ranked sartorially, by how pretty the teams' jerseys will look. #TeamPooh! [BackhandShelf]
  • It was only a year ago... a look back at the Marathon bombing, and how the hockey community came together in its aftermath. [BruinsDaily]