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Tonight is the long anticipated meeting of the cream of the Eastern Conference

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Matt Grzelcyk gets pushy
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The Lightning are at TD Garden. Up for grabs? The lead in the Eastern Conference in this second to last meeting for these two teams. Puck drop is 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • This marks the penultimate meeting for the Bruins and Bolts, with more than just bragging rights at stake. Tampa Bay has lost their previous two outings, and following tonight the Bruins will still have a game in hand over them. Fox Sports
  • Cross your fingers, following morning skate, a decision will be made and we may see Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy return to action tonight. Bonus- Kudos to Brandon Carlo for adding a little snarl to his game. Boston Globe
  • Here is this morning’s update, and now Sean Kuraly is likely to sit tonight. David Backes is a go, and Matt Grzelcyk a last minute call. @MLoftus_Ledger
  • If only the news were better for Rick Nash, but silence in his case is telling. Boston Globe
  • Re-signing Zdeno Chara was simply the right choice. NHL
  • Chara is very comfortable with compensation that hinges on performance, however. WEEI
  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-2. A second period barrage of three unanswered goals was the kicker. Ouch. Providence Journal
  • 2-2-3. Tonight will tell, but the Bruins trail the Bolts by one point and hold a seven point lead over the Maple Leafs. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Ben & Jerrys solves a big problem for vegans in this week’s 31 Thoughts. Sportsnet
  • Hey, how YOU doin’? New Ranger Ryan Spooner looked almost Marchandesque capitalizing on a Washington turnover last night. (Video, 0:52) Streamable
  • Just to make it interesting, how about some $$ on the President’s Trophy race every year? Sportsnet
  • What a season for the Golden Knights! On April 3rd, NBC Sports will present a special celebrating their singular inaugural season. (With preview) NBC Sports
  • Climate change is taking a toll on the game of hockey, according to the NHL’s report. The Hill
  • For those of us who saw the news in our game thread about a scary injury to an NHL official during the Blue Jackets v. Oilers game, USA Today he has been released from the hospital to recuperate. @SportsnetSpec