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For the Bruins, the playoffs are a question of who and where- for the Panthers, if.

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Nick Holden scored his first goal as a Bruin against the Panthers- maybe he’d like to go for two?
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The Panthers hope to stave off elimination from the playoffs as they host the Bruins tonight at 7:30 PM on NESN.

  • The Panthers’ backs are to the wall, even after a surprising win against the Predators on Tuedsay. They cannot lose another game, and still must hope one of three other teams to falter. Fox Sports
  • In happier news, Roberto Luongo will hit a milestone tonight. NHL
  • Even so, how the Bruins finish the regular season will determine opponents and home ice advantage. The magic number for the final three games is five points. Boston Herald
  • The undeserving- Brad Marchand was brutally frank about Tuesday’s loss to the Lightning. Both Sean Kuraly and Riley Nash are likely out again tonight. Bonus- two youngsters will be arriving in Providence. Boston Globe
  • On the bright side, maybe Tuesday’s reality check wil propel the Bruins forward with a more solid mind-set. CBS Boston
  • Long read: Zdeno Chara has a number of sources from which to draw to improve his legendary fitness. He has saved his notes form all of his workouts EVER, and avidly seeks advice from other athletes in different sports. Sports Illustrated
  • 1*-1*-2*. The Bruins remain tied with the Lightning atop the Eastern Conference, as the Maple Leafs trail by seven points. Nashville is numero uno overall. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Help Wanted- “rugged” dancer, height restrictions. Must be bearlike, prior mascot experience required. Apply at TD Garden.
  • Ready or not- from behind enemy lines, the Maple Leafs await news of which team will be their first round opponent. Hockeybuzz
  • Who, among a dozen or more worthy candidates, will be the NHL’s MVP?