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Fresh Links: The Return of Rick Nash

The Bruins will have to sit a prominent youngster to make room

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Rick Nash is ready to return
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The push for the Stanley Cup begins tomorrow for the Bruins at TD Garden against the Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM on NESN

  • With Rick Nash likely back Thursday, someone will sit. Cheer up that Ryan Donato is not fated to be buried on the third or fourth line. WEEI
  • Martin St. Louis spelled out precisely what the Bruins can expect from Rick Nash in the postseason. CBS Boston
  • Look at the entire body of Tuukka Rask’s work and take heart, fans- numbers don’t lie. MassLive
  • The wet-behind-the-ears Bruins we met this fall are now ready to taste the playoffs. David Krejci, a career Bruin who knows the feeling, weighed in. Patriot Ledger
  • Once again, the Bruins have a solid fourth line. Opponents, beware! CBS Boston
  • The entire team needs to take the disappointing final games of the regular season and move on. Boston Herald
  • Oh, noes! That final loss to the Panthers dooms the Bruins, who don’t step up under pressure! The Hockey Writers
  • Here are five areas to address that will tilt the ice toward Boston. Bruins Daily
  • The Bruins wasted little time in snapping up NCAA tournament MVP Karson Kuhlman. You may recall him from last year’s Bruins Development Camp. The Hockey Writers
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, revisit the weekend that was for the Calder Cup playoff-bound PBruins. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Behind the B Episode 13 is up. Left behind in Boston, injured Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk, and Charlie McAvoy gather to watch the team together and grouse at a goaltender interference call and relish the late comeback in regulation against the Jets. Mic’ed up is one player claiming to be a Russian spy. (Video, 21:54) Bruins NHL
  • Unsoupervised- join the Stanley Cup of Chowder staff and hear from guest Hardev Lad, who represents our Toronto affiliate, the Pension Plan Puppets. (Link to audio) Stanley Cup of Chowder
  • Happy landings! Fluto Shinzawa joins The Athletic after a successful tenure at the Boston Globe. His secret weapon? He’s never played hockey. The Athletic Ty Anderson moves from WEEI to 98.5 The Sports Hub. @Ty_Anderson Sara Civian will slot in at WEEI, we forgive her affinity for the Penguins. WEEI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Health and depth will play a major role in deciding the victor in the Eatern Conference, and the Bruins are well situated in those departments. Take a look at the first round matchups. Boston Globe
  • Oh, no they won’t! As each team is eliminated from the postseason, look back here to see the reasons why. Sports Illustrated
  • Three veterans of 1000 NHL games will now vie for their first Stanley Cup- one is a Bruin. Jarome Iginla understands. NHL
  • The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson knows there are no guarantees for an undersized player or for his team in the postseason. He just needs one thing. Players Tribune
  • Ryan Ellis explains why teammate Pekka Rinne should take home the Vezina. Players Tribune
  • Schadenfreude alert- the Canadiens are addressing their problem over time. Wait, didn’t their blockbuster trades do that? Maybe their problem is not what they think. Habs Eyes on the Prize
  • Print off this handy Bingo card and bring it to the game threads. Reddit
  • Why were the Swift Current Broncos basically shut out from support services after their bus wreck back in 1996? You won’t like the answer. Sportsnet