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Embracing Brad Marchand’s edginess, even as Tom Wilson strikes again.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Three
Step this way, please (Brad Marchand)
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The Bruins ended their preseason with a 4-1 loss to the Flyers at TD Garden. The season opener for the Bruins (at the Capitals) will be aired on NBCSN on their “Wednesday Night Hockey” broadcast at 7:30PM.

  • This quartet of takeaways from the game include noting that the Bruins power(less) play went 3 for 33 in the preseason. Welp. MassLive
  • No more tuneups, the Bruins are on to the regular season. Are they ready? HockeyBuzz
  • Well, I’m glad we got THAT cleared up? Here are the things we do and don’t know as the preseason comes to a close. 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Here’s a bold prediction for the Bruins’ opening night lineup, taking into account that injury has already reared its ugly head. Bruins Daily
  • The opening night roster may prove to be a bridge to far for speedy Anders Bjork , but Urho Vaakanainen is poised to leap into the unexpected defensive breach. Bonus- Charlie McAvoy struggled, and how sorely we miss you, Patrice Bergeron. Boston Globe
  • Take cheer in the performance of the new fourth line of Noel Acciari, Chris Wagner, and Joakim Nordstrom. Boston Herald
  • The Little Ball of Hate is motoring along on the best line in hockey, just don’t look at his NHL DOPS rap sheet. Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara understand the benefit of having Brad Marchand playing on the edge. Boston Globe
  • There are five Bruins poised to vie for this year’s Seventh Player Award. Boston Herald
  • Meanwhile, in Providence: At the close of camp, it appears the PBruins will roll with several alternate captains. Cameron Hughes and Mark McNeill have impressed. Rinkside Rhode Island Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson got busy in the 3-2 PBruins win over the Thunderbirds on Saturday. Zach Senyshyn bounced back after being boarded and subsequently took his revenge where it counts. Rinkside Rhode Island

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • We will not have the pleasure of Tom Wilson’s company on Wednesday. Guess why? Washington Post
  • It isn’t just the the games that Paul Stewart enjoys, he also relishes working with the team staffers behind the scenes. HockeyBuzz
  • Takeaways from the conference held for Chinese coaches: Teams are now focusing more on opponents’ sticks than throwing bodies to clear out scoring threats- the idea is to give goaltenders clearer sightlines. As a bonus, this minimizes smaller defensemen having to fight physical battles they would lose. Paul McLean offered his advice- focus on your wrist shot, not your one-timer. (Hard paywall) The Athletic
  • Tomorrow’s meeting of the NHL Executive Committee should bring good news for Seattle. Seattle Times
  • Thirty one teams, and there is one big question for each. Yahoo Sports
  • The concept behind the ABC show “A Million Little Things” centers on a circle of friends who meet at a Bruins game. What could go wrong? Michigan Daily