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Reilly Smith and Reilly Smith's brother had better behave themselves, or face going to bed without supper.

No, Reilly! Our Smith brother is the best one.
No, Reilly! Our Smith brother is the best one.
Jim Rogash

Someone's parents are in a bit of a packing pickle as they prepare to travel between Boston and Detroit.

  • Reilly Smith and his brother are wondering what their parents will wear to the games. [DetroitFreePress]
  • Torey Krug 's family will forego travel to Boston, but will anchor the Bruins' cheering section in Detroit. [NESN]
  • Dougie Hamilton is preparing for big responsibility, and will have big help. [WEEI]
  • The Bruins are spending this down-time fighting the flu. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Here are ten notable things about this year's playoffs... [BostonHerald]
  • ...and ten storylines to watch. Narrative! [HamiltonSpectator]
  • Take a break and enjoy life with the Bruins as Episode #13 of "Behind the B" is available for viewing. Tuukka Rask and his young protégé take to the ice and then enjoy pizza afterward with the team. (Video, 21:26) [Bruins.NHL]
  • Rask has since gifted the girl with a custom mask modeled after his own, personalized to suit her. [Bostinno]
  • Detroit will be working around a big obstacle in Zdeno Chara, who nevertheless demonstrated sportsmanship and courtesy to some Red Wings players during the Olympics. [DetroitFreePress]
  • Sometimes, it's all about having the stud goalie. [WashingtonPost]
  • Here's the Bruins' season condensed into in 60 seconds. (Video, 0:60) [NHL]
  • Playoff predictions, and an observation that having lost in the finals is also valuable experience in the playoffs, and may effectively drive the Bruins cup run. [USAToday]
  • The Masters of the Universe have weighed in on the playoff odds. [TheWallStreetJournal]
  • The Rangers will be the Bruins' biggest playoff challenge. Consider the source. [NYDailyNews]
  • Counterpoint- the Bruins will run into a "monkey wrench" team, and with too little experience in their defensive corps, it'll be CURTAINS! [SouthCoastToday]
  • In great detail, the NHL 14 Stanley Cup playoffs simulation has the Bruins beating the Rangers in the third round on a Patrice Bergeron game seven overtime goal. [TheLeafsNation]

elsewhere around the rink:

  • Scotty Bowman created success with anchor pairings of a center and forward, Claude Julien has adopted this successfully with the Bruins. [TheNewYorkTimes]
  • The Red Wings found a way to the playoffs, and hope is alive in Detroit. [Grantland]
  • This Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round #1 manicure is one-of-a-kind. [Sports-Kings]
  • In the down time before Friday, you may enjoy browsing these 121 (or so) things to love about hockey. [Grantland]
  • The Panthers edged out the Sabres for top draft pick. Doesn't that just figure? [TheSportingNews]
  • Which states and provinces predominantly favor which NHL teams on Facebook? [TheSportingNews]
  • The numbers say Canada could support more NHL teams (but would they make the playoffs?!?!) [OttawaCitizen]
  • Guess what today is? [@DownGoesBrown]