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Join the Bruins tomorrow for late night hockey action to kick of the Western road trip in Vancouver.

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks
David Backes fights for the puck
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Stoke your coffeepots! The Canucks host the Bruins on Saturday night at 10:00 pm ET on NESN.

  • David Pastrnak was reunited with his usual line mates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand at the final practice before the tBruins’ departure. One goal for the journey- team cohesiveness. Boston Globe
  • That legendary time and space David Krejci always creates was necessary due to the nature of his former hulking wingers. Krejci has now tweaked his game to accomodate speedy Ryan Spooner and Jake DeBrusk. Boston Herald
  • Having graduated from a full season with the Providence Bruins, DeBrusk is excited to return to his old stomping grounds as a member of his NHL team. Bonus- expect a forward to be called up for this road trip. Patriot Ledger
  • In news of the walking wounded, Kevan Miller is traveling with the team, while neither Frank Vatrano or Anders Bjork is. MassLive
  • And the other shoe drops! It looks like someone was missing from practice in Providence this morning. @MarkDivver
  • The good news? Riley Nash is having a career season. The bad news? He will likely get paid, and probably by another team. The Hockey Writers
  • What gives Bruce Cassidy pause as his team enters the home stretch for the playoffs? Prime Time Sports Talk
  • Do you know the origins of the “Timmyheads”? No, it wasn’t in celebration of the fact that his first NHL goal was with the Sabres against Tuukka Rask in Boston. NHLPA
  • Patrice Bergeron’s inaugural Pucks and Paddles fundraiser raised $110,000.00 for Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. (With video) NESN
  • In Providence, it is no more PTO for Josh Hennessy and Sena Acolatse- they’re HIRED! @MarkDivver
  • Yeah, that was Bruins prospect and Harvard man Ryan Donato with BOTH goals against the Slovakians yesterday in Olympic hockey action. Conjecture ensues. (Links to video) WEEI
  • Olympians Donato and teammate Jordan Greenway were opponents just a week ago during the Beanpot. Boston Globe
  • 2-2-3. Three is the magic number of points in the standings separating the Bruins from both the Lightning up above as well as the Maple Leafs lurking below. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A number of marquee players find themselves packing their bags yet again as NHL teams position themselves for the playoffs. Globe and Mail
  • Trades are ramping up. Here are some of the notables on the block. Former Bruin “Hi, I’m Chad Johnson“ may be one answer to the Flyers’ woes now that Brian Elliot is injured. (With audio) TSN
  • Lend your ears to the 31 Thoughts podcast, tackling Bruins deadline options, Rick Nash trade talk, Jim Benning’s extension, and the Brendan Gallagher v. P.K. Subban quibbling. There is also an index by topic and timestamp- I wish more podcasters would include this. (Link to audio) Sportsnet
  • This year’s NHL-free Olympics have offered a bunch of supposedly washed-up NHLers (including former Bruin Chris Kelly ) another shot at the limelight. Longreads
  • Dear Oliver Wahlstrom, just let us know once you’ve arrived on a campus! The youngster that captured our interest a few years back during the Bruins between-periods Mini One-on-One has waffled on his college commitment yet again. New England Hockey Journal