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One young Bruin will make his playoff debut on red-hot David Krejci’s wing

Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins
You gave us all something to celebrate. (David Krejci, as Brad Marchand looks on)
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The playoff hockey is coming! THE PLAYOFF HOCKEY IS COMING! Tune in Thursday at 7:00PM on NESN as the Bruins open their first round series against the Maple Leafs.

  • Controversy! Is there a conspiracy to drive eyes to NBC/NBCSN? @RealJackEdwards
  • So the Bruins are the underdogs? Good. ESPN
  • Da REAL MVP- Don Sweeney reserved special accolades for the outstanding performance of David Krejci all season long. NBC Boston
  • It looks like David Backes may be taking a seat, at least for the opening game. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Following an eleven game audition, Karson Kuhlman will remain on David Krejci’s wing for Game #1, marking his postseason debut. Boston Herald
  • After a protracted wait, Brandon Carlo will make his postseason debut. Bonus- a recap of which young Bruins are in the same boat, and how the walking wounded fare. Patriot Ledger
  • It is fortunate that Carlo is ready- there are whispers that Kevan Miller is more seriously injured than initially thought. Causeway Crowd
  • Other whispers from an unnamed NHL coach included an opinion about the Bruins v. Leafs matchup. NBC Boston
  • Brad Marchand got down to brass tacks with Cabbie. (With videos) BarDown
  • Congratulations to PBruin Paul Carey, who was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. Providence Bruins

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Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Are you ready for playoff video montages? “Don’t Leave Empty Handed.” (Video, 2:19) NHL
  • Fan bandwagons, HO! Has your team been eliminated? Look at the pros and cons of each potential Eastern team choice, which one is right for you? Winging It In Motown
  • Including honorable mentions, here is a baker’s dozen veteran players hoping to win a Stanley Cup before retiring. Sportsnet
  • One hundred years ago, world events overshadowed the Stanley Cup Final- Seattle played a starring role. The Score
  • Jeff Marek of Sportsnet sat for a Reddit AMA. (Possible *NSFW*) Reddit
  • The ratings are in. My hot taek? That Penguins Network NBC/NBCSN only got Boston eyes grudgingly, when there was no other option. @MarkLazerus
  • Puckland. The new ECHL Maine Mariners would like to introduced themselves- dive into the world of these “wikkid puckers.” Part 1- Portland was blindsided by the loss of the Pirates, Danny Briere received an offer he couldn’t refuse, and how to start up a team on the fly. (Video, 9:07) NBC Sports Part 2- training camp opened, an affiliate was chosen, and head coach Riley Armstrong showcased his handyman skills in his (yet another) new home. (Video, 9:37) NBC Sports