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The Bruins saunter into Las Vegas on the strength of a hot goalie tandem.

Boston Bruins v Vegas Golden Knights
A Golden Knights fan’s welcome sign.
Photo by David Becker/NHLI via Getty Images

Program your coffee makers to brew at 10:00PM tonight as the Bruins face the vaunted Golden Knights on NESN and 985 The Sports Hub.

  • Expect this to be an early test for Boston... Boston Globe
  • ...even as Las Vegas is prepared to face “a stingy team.” Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Is it time to rue trading Reilly Smith, or should we only do that in alternating seasons? Causeway Crowd
  • So far, so good for new Bruin Brett Ritchie. Boston Herald
  • Rumblings have begun (prematurely?) about shuffling the first power play unit. Causeway Crowd
  • Review Saturday’s shutout victory over the Coyotes. (Video, 5:04) Bruins NHL or extended highlights here (Arizona feed, 9:00)
  • Should we be concerned that the Bruins’ goalie tandem is holding the fort right now? WEEI
  • The good news is that Jaroslav Halak shut the door on the Coyotes on Saturday night in Arizona. Boston has only permitted one goal against in two games so far. Boston Herald
  • Following Saturday night’s win, we were left these three bullet points from the game.
  • The report from Providence this weekend includes an observation that the PBruins are tied for the greatest number of penalties taken in the AHL. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • The undefeated (but low scoring) Bruins hold the first Eastern Conference Wild Card position ahead of the Canadiens. (Link is NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • News highlights of the NHL’s opening week include a surprisingly sad Sunday for the Lightning against the Hurricanes. NBC Sports
  • It is not your imagination- NHL goaltenders are being concussed at jarring rates, and losing considerable time to their injuries. APNews
  • Bad luck is the only luck at all for the Penguins now that both Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad have suffered long-term injuries. NBC Sports
  • So hot right now- South Shore players were threaded all through NHL opening night rosters. Patriot Ledger
  • It wasn’t so long ago that cigarettes were prominent in dressing rooms, and some of the NHL’s best were heavy smokers. Sports Illustrated
  • Dominik Hasek for president? Why not! NHL
  • Here’s an appreciation of Wes McCauley, for whom refereeing hockey is the family business. (Video, 5:33) Sportsnet, YouTube
  • Just for fun, have a look at all the fresh, young faces in these NHL head coach rookie cards. Puck Junk