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With Carl Söderberg and/or David Krejci possibly out tonight, likely Black Ace Ryan Spooner has been called up from Providence.

Ryan Spooner gets another chance to strut his stuff
Ryan Spooner gets another chance to strut his stuff
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings host the Bruins at 8pm

  • It will be nice to see a healthy Ryan Spooner, who was hampered by lingering illness near the end of his stint covering for Chris Kelly and lost significant weight. [NESN]
  • The tilt against the Red Wings might be an advanced peek at the postseason. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It is likely Pavel Datsyuk will return to the Red Wings' lineup to play tonight, and Reilly Smith will play against his brother Brendan Smith. [DetroitNews]
  • Reilly Smith suffered a downturn in production post Olympics after he, like Spooner, suffered a lingering illness. [WEEI]
  • The Bruins might like to forget their last game against the Red Wings. Quota was met, but by the WRONG TEAM. [BostonHerald]
  • The NHL would like to turn your attention to rivalry, and something about Dougie Hamilton vs. Danny DeKeyser... [NHL]
  • Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL First Star for March, and he is trying to focus on one prize that has eluded him thus far. [ESPN]
  • Things are firming up on the Bruins' blue line, and it appears the biggest final decision will be Andrej Meszaros or Matt Bartkowski. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Forbes takes a look at the return on the Jacobs family sports and entertainment holdings. (With video, 14:18) [Forbes]

Got entertainment?

  • In this quick excerpt from "Behind the Bear," Peter Chiarelli and the management team call upon John Whitesides deal with a weighty problem. (Video, 0:56) [Bruins]
  • Meanwhile, in Rasktastic Episode #12 of "Behind the B," a look at the winning month of March, a cheery hello from Anton Khudobin, a young Make-A-Wish goalie meets Tuukka Rask, and the boys take a pause during the Florida swing to visit with the Jacobs family for a day of fun and sun. (Video, 21:27) [Bruins]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It's never too late to plan for next year, so here are some classic hockey pranks. [LastWordOnSports]
  • The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles raise the bar in the April Fools' competition by announcing the retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk’s number. [CapeBretonPost]
  • This serious list of likely NHL award winners includes a lot of Bruins, and thoughtfully includes an April Fools alternate pick in each category. [SportsIllustrated]
  • And for one final laugh before we move beyond April Fools Day, Rick DiPietro was reportedly seen prepping for a big comeback. [LighthouseHockey]
  • The science behind slapshots, with slow motion, and the physics of the sticks. Learn about "whippiness," "flex," and breaking sticks... are ya listening, Jack Edwards? (Video, 7:00) [YouTube]
  • The Maple Leafs now top the NHL Fan Misery rankings. [SportsIllustrated]
  • As we near closing out the regular NHL season, here's your viewing guide for this week's action. [Grantland]
  • It looks very likely that the Canadiens will face the Lightning in the playoffs, and the keys to that series will be goaltending and coaching. [BackhandShelf]