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The Bruins look to continue their winning trend in the Golden State

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Frank Vatrano has fond memories of his last game against the Sharks
Frank Vatrano has fond memories of his last game against the Sharks
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The Sharks host the Bruins tonight at (yawn) 10pm.

  • Exciting news- Frank Vatrano is with the team on an emergency basis, and if you're thinking that Loui Eriksson will be pressed into service as a centerman, well, think harder![TheBostonGlobe]

  • The points are not the biggest point of this West trip for the Bruins, despite the wish to do well against opponents that won at TD Garden.[PatriotLedger]

  • Good news for Vatrano means bad news for another player, conjecture is that David Krejci is the ailing Bruin. Where might The birthday boy slot into the lineup, if called to play?[Hockeybuzz]

  • It's lonely at the top... And the Bruins are enjoying the view as they now solely hold first place in the Atlantic Division. Bonus: A number of disciplinary issues are roiling around the NHL, including Dennis Wideman's reduced suspension and Gabriel Landeskog taking his medicine for a bad hit.[Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Meanwhile, in Providence... Here are the quick points from the weekend's action. The power play has gone dormant, but the team is climbing in the AHLStandings.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • A quartet of Providence Bruins are in Kirk Luedeke's assessment headlights, three small-ish but promising players (Seth Griffith , Alex Khokhlachev , Austin Czarnik) and one more prototypical power forward (Brian Ferlin.)[ScoutingPost]

  • The Bruins' dads were featured on "Behind the B" episode 11, a great chance to peek behind the curtain of day-to-day work for their boys. Video, 21:19)[NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • These emojis of Ducks players will help you recognize them on Friday... or not.[BarDown]

  • The Bettman is excited to see parity among teams, which is probably why we should all temper our enthusiasm. Sean McIndoe explains.[Sportsnet]

  • Offsides "should be a black-and-white call." The NHL will now pony up to put dedicated cameras at the blue lines to make it so.[Sportsnet]