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Toronto gifted the Bruins their first round matchup against the Senators

Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara is ready
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Are you ready for some playoff hockey? It begins Wednesday for the Bruins in Ottawa.

  • The Bruins will face the Senators in the first round, the photogenic Guy Boucher and his neutral-zone trap await. Will Erik Karlsson be healthy? Here’s what to expect from the matchup. Read the schedule here. Boston Globe
  • All bets are off in the postseason, and this prediction is that playoff experience will tilt the ice. ESPN
  • For Ottawa, there is optimism in meeting an opponent they have not faced in the playoffs in the modern era. One thing both teams share is a recent coaching change. CBC
  • Thanks are due the Blue Jackets , whose victory over the Maple Leafs excused the Bruins from squaring off against the Capitals first. WEEI
  • Be thankful for the acquisition of versatile Drew Stafford. NHL
  • Tommy Cross and Charlie McAvoy are on deck if needed, having been healthy scratches in Providence. Boston Globe
  • McAvoy signed with the Bruins this morning. MassLive
  • Zane McIntyre has been recalled, which leaves us to wonder about Anton Khudobin‘s health. FanRag
  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins won on Friday... Providence Journal ...but then fell to Wilkes-Barre Scranton yesterday, which left them still seeking a playoff berth. Providence Journal