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Countdown- tomorrow’s matinee against the Panthers marks five more regular season games for the Bruins

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Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Four
The Bruins flag waves at TD Garden

The Bruins host the Panthers tomorrow afternoon at 1:00PM on NESN.

  • Career years- career years EVERYTWHERE! Boston players are hitting personal high notes all up and down the roster, and despite time lost to injury. CBS Boston
  • At long last, Brandon Carlo is poised for his playoff debut. Press Herald
  • Fans will be very pleased with what Charlie Coyle will bring in the playoffs, maybe enough to quit carping about Ryan Donato. Puck Prose
  • Thank goodness for the continuing success of the Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand pairing. Boston.com
  • Should the Bruins reunite the Czech Davids on a line to spread the scoring wealth? 985 The Sports Hub
  • Just imagine how excited Jake DeBrusk would be at that prospect! HockeyBuzz
  • Unheralded Chris Wagner just might be free agency’s biggest bargain, at least for Boston. The Hockey Writers
  • Torey Krug reminded Bruins fans of his value on the power play upon his return from a two week absence. Boston Herald
  • Krug has also upped his Twitter game in roasting Brad Marchand. (With video) NESN
  • Noting is sure but death, taxes, and this timely chant heard at TD Garden during the Rangers game. Sports Illustrated

NHL Standings

  • Here are the relevant overnight results and clinching scenarios. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A neurological nurse from Boston is taking the lead in promoting neuro tests for athletes to use as baseline comparison in case of concussion. She also happens to be Ryan Donato’s mother. (Hard paywall) The Athletic
  • The Stanley Cup Playoff format needs to change, sooner rather than later. Bonus- Check the suthor’s handsome profile picture at the end of the article. The Comeback
  • The Masterton nominees are out- the list includes not only the Bruins’ captain, but a former Bruins’ captain as well as a certain one-eyed Yeti. The Hockey News
  • Read through this power ranking for the eye-rolling dad jokes for each team. Sportsnet
  • They can‘t stop what they can’t see- how goalies and their teammates coordinate to keep from being screened by opponents. NHL
  • The Kings have not lost in regulation when leading after the first period this season. This potpourri of delightfully odd NHL statistical anomalies will entertain while also reminding you to scrutinize such data carefully. The Hockey News
  • Dear Don Cherry- someone had to say it, and here it is in an open letter. Capitals Outsider
  • No worries, the Hurricanes are all done with the “storm surges” anyway. Here’s a retrospective. Sporting News