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The Flames are in town to dial up the heat a bit.

2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition
Long time, no see! Johnny Gaudreau and Brad Marchand at the All-Star Game
Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

The smokin’ Bruins host the Calgary Flames tonight at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • How hot are they? The Bruins are legit Stanley Cup contenders. Sports Illustrated
  • Mike Smith has historically not been good against the Bruins, but that’s not why his backup will be in net tonight for the Flames. Fox Sports
  • For Boston, a sloppy effort like the most recent two games will not guarantee a happy sendoff on their upcoming two-week road trip. Patriot Ledger
  • Is Ranger Rick Nash destined to don the Spoked-B? Will he and Riley Nash then have to wear sweaters featuring their entire first names on them? WEEI
  • Ryan McDonagh may be both a relative bargain AND a good fit for the Bruins. NBC Sports
  • David Pastrnak will not be held without a goal much longer. Bonus- have you paused to appreciate the Bruins’ road win and back-to-back game wins stats? Boston Herald
  • When the Bruins are tied up as they were with the Devils in never-ending penalty kills, one costly result is having to sideline David Krejci. Boston Globe
  • The Bruins are back and looking for trouble, after the team went all-in on their goaltending strategy despite naysayers. Party like it’s 2013! TSN
  • While you were sleeping, Tuukka Rask became the NHL’s all-time leader in one key metric. The Comeback
  • 2-2-2. You know the standings drill- trailing the Lightning, games in hand on the Leafs, tied with the Golden Knights with 76 points. But Toronto is on the prowl, read below. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Maple Leafs beat the Lightning last night Sportsnet and all their youngsters’ new-found confidence has them ready to part ways with their spendy enforcer, Matt Martin. Pension Plan Puppets
  • But will they be able to take their jerseys with them? Canadiens Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec are set to leave on the team’s road trip as rumored candidates to be re-homed. Sportsnet
  • Mirai Nagasu- Olympic medallist or former Avalanche Ice Girl? The young woman who famously landed a triple axel is both! NBC Sports
  • Zero, zip, nada... why haven’t any NHL coaches been fired this season? ESPN
  • Adjusting to life as a Coyote is tough- Antti Raanta was driven from his home by scary invaders. BarDown