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Brad Marchand returns to the Bruins lineup tonight in New York

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins
The legendary Milt Schmidt in action against the Rangers
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After thumping the Red Wings 3-2 last night, the Bruins flew to the Big Apple to tackle the Rangers tonight at 8:00 PM on NBC Sports because RIVALRY NIGHT!

  • In a world where the basement of the Metropolitan Division still yields a shot at wild card slots in the playoffs... the Rangers are hopeful tonight will end their losing streak. Anton Khudobin will likely be the one in net saying “nyet” to that. Fox Sports
  • Four notes from the game include one mentioned in last night’s game thread- local lad Torey Krug donned the “A” in front of his hometown crowd in Detroit.
  • Fugheddabout yielding the first goal- for opponents, the real nail in the coffin is the Bruins capturing the lead by the end of the second period. WEEI
  • Leapin’ Sean Kuraly broke his point drought in fine style with his first multi-point game last night. CBS Sports
  • Did you catch this unique play by Matt Grzelcyk to stymie Dylan Larkin on a breakaway? (Video, 0:14) Via Reddit, Streamable
  • In honor of Brad Marchand’s return to both linemate Patrice Bergeron as well as game action, raise your glass aloft to this fine bromance. Causeway Crowd
  • Even so, after last night’s win, there are jokes that there may not be an open spot for Marchand on his return. Yahoo Sports
  • How about Bergeron for the Hart Trophy? Maybe in a twofer with another Selke? Jeff Blashill floated the suggestion, and hinted that he liked last night’s Bruins lineup specifically for one big omission. Boston Herald
  • One year on, how are you liking coach Bruce Cassidy? Bonus- game recap. (With video) NHL
  • Barzal, schmarzal. The Bruins’ draft choices may have prompted chuckles from naysayers, but who is laughing now? NBC Sports
  • It looks like a left leg injury took Frank Vatrano out of last night’s game, and he is unlikely to go against the Rangers tonight. MassLive
  • May we please have some sort of celebration acknowledging Marc Savard‘s career? CBS Boston Bonus- Savvy just posted another stick taping video- enjoy! (Video, 7:08) YouTube
  • Trent Frederic was named Second Star of the week in the Big Ten. UW Badgers
  • 2-2-4. Those are the standings in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, and NHL overall. The Predators and Jets are each within one point of the Bruins. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Alexandre Burrows is still, well, Alexandre Burrows. SBNation Now George Parros would like to speak to him in person. TSN
  • A night to remember? Look back at the historical performance of one shell-shocked Rangers goalie pressed into service against the Red Wings in 1944, when many regular players were busy serving their countries overseas. NHL
  • Falling behind other professional sports in promoting scoring, is the NHL just “a 3-2 league” snoozefest, doling out a “participation medal for losing in OT”? Sportsnet
  • The Olympic men’s hockey teams are an interesting mishmash without NHLers- have a look at the notables on Team USA, and snapshots of other nations’ rosters. North Jersey
  • The next influx of international hockey players may well be from Japan- and a handful are already in Northa America making their marks. New York Times
  • Here’s to hockey and heckling- a match made in heaven. Massachusetts Daily Collegian