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The Bruins hope to push the Maple Leafs farther into the rearview mirror with a win on Saturday.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Is that any way to treat a trade target? Kevan Miller moves James van Riemsdyk out of Tuukka Rask’s way.
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Get ready for an important game in Toronto on Saturday at 7:00 PM on NESN, when the Maple Leafs attempt to gain a leg up in the standings over the Bruins.

  • Matt Martin may be called up to play tonight against the Isles. @Kristen_Shilton Any bets on whether the unnamed, ailing Leaf will happen to languish in his sickbed through the weekend?
  • What has made this Bruins team so very extraordinary? Boston Herald
  • The Noel Acciari/Sean Kuraly/Tim Schaller line has been the best news in Bruin fourth lines since, well, Merlot. Love their never-say-die attitude and follow-through, but “Trench Connection”?!? Boton Globe
  • Take a look at the Bruins players approaching free agency- which are likeliest to test the waters? The Hockey Writers
  • Zdeno Chara is himself an inspiration- is it any surprise that his new Instagram is thoughtful and uplifting? CBS Boston
  • Looking at the prospects in the pipeline, which are performing up to potential, and which are being leapfrogged by other youngsters? MassLive
  • 2-2-3. The Golden Knights are number one in the NHL by 2 points and the Lightning number two by 1 point over the Bruins, who still hover 3 points over the Maple Leafs. There are still games in hand to be played. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Congratulations to Team USA women on a shootout win over Canada for the GOLD! Next up for Hilary Knight is a different kind of challenge for an important goal.
  • On the men’s side, some Olympic hockey players are returning to their colleges, some to their European teams, and nobody will confess to salivating for an NHL contract- not even grumpy Chris Kelly, whose agent knows better than to raise the subject. Virginia Pilot
  • Might Team Germany’s unexpected success playing Marco Sturm’s system at Pyeongchang propel their coach into an NHL coaching job? Washington Post
  • These five NHL players deserve a cup, dammit. Joe Thornton is one, and the other is also a former Bruin who just began skating again after a forgettable season and surgery. The Hockey News
  • What becomes a legend most? Apparently Jarome Iginla dons whatever apparel he wishes to skate alongside the Providence Bruins! @AmalieBenjamin See him in action again this morning in Providence. @IanSteeleABC6
  • Nobody told the Rangers that they were being slipped a second-generation Islanders fan when they acquired Rob O’Gara. Shhhh! Newsday
  • Live and learn from previous instances where top-notch defensemen believed to be safe from trades were moved. Sportsnet
  • Read these ten cliche soundbites that NHL GMs lean on and be done with it until the trade deadline. Sportsnet