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The Bruins are on the Island, but not for vacation.

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Zane McIntyre making the saves.
Zane McIntyre making the saves.
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Bruins return to game action against the Islanders , 7:00PM at Nassau Coliseum.

  • That would be the Metropolitan Division leading Islanders, thank you... [NESN]

  • Miscreant Brad Marchand should be well rested. But will the Bruins lose momentum post break? [MetroWestDailyNews]

  • Torey Krug brings a unique skill set despite his size, opening options for the Bruins to deploy other players in new ways. He also spoke about the impact of losing Johnny Boychuk. [CausewayCrowd]

  • It was a blessing that Zdeno Chara did not participate in the All-Star Game, as the Bruins now enter into a stretch of tough opponents. Good thing the captain is returning to form. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • For your review, here are the midseason report cards for the Bruins blueliners and goalies. [BruinsDaily]

  • Awww! They noticed! Patrice Bergeron flies under the radar as the most well rounded player achieving success against the very best opponents. [TheHockeyNews]

  • The Bruins are more concerned with the teams ahead of them in the playoff race than those behind, but are mindful that their slot is not guaranteed. [PatriotLedger]

  • Hey, remember that Reilly Smith kid? Me, too. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Here are a few storylines to follow in the tail end of the Bruins' season.[TheHockeyWriters]

  • In the proposed World Cup of Hockey scenario, unlike the Olympics, some Bruins players would be unable to play for their home countries. [WEEI]

  • UND Insider put out a piece on Zane McIntyre , following him as he arrives at the rink, plays, and quick takes on what his teammates say about him. (Video, 12:43) [YouTube]

  • Bonne chance, Simon Gagne. It is hard to see the Bruins waive him, even if all parties were in agreement. [ProHockeyTalk]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It ain't much but it is home... for now. In honor of its final season as the Islanders' home rink, here's an appreciation of the Nassau Coliseum. [Grantland]

  • In the East, unlike the West, playoff spots are nearly all locked in. This should make the approaching trade deadline interesting. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Lean, mean, and Brilliantine'd, the Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck can now add "diver" to his resume, joining three other NHLers in being fined by the league for embellishment. [TheHockeyNews]

  • This is why you should attend your local minor league hockey team's games. Not for the cheap beer- for the cans. [SportingNews]

  • At the other end of the scale, this new automated drink vending device is being rolled out in the owners' suites at the Kentuckey Derby. [SportingNews]

  • In honor of #BellLetsTalk, a look back as Kevin Bieksa addressed a group of children about mental illness 18 months after his friend Rick Rypien 's suicide. (Video, 4:35) [BarDown]

  • One senior hockey player looks back on his on-ice success as a youth even as he is still packs up and heads to the rink at age 81. (Video, 2:31) [SportsNet]

  • Did you know that the NHL and NFL are tax exempt? That may be about to change. [SportsNet]

  • Coming next month, the NHL will be adding advanced statistics to their website, which explains that odd change to the NHL site user's agreement last summer. [PuckDaddy]

  • Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Rogers has won the rights to broadcast the event. So sorry, TSN! [TheGlobeAndMAil]