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Will Don Sweeney pull a rabbit out of his hat?

Wayne Gretzky Practicing With the Puck Before a Game
Who’s that skinny kid? (Wayne Gretzky)

The Oilers host the Bruins at 8:30PM on NESN.

  • They may be at the top of the league in first place, but the Bruins cannot rest on their laurels. Patriot Ledger
  • The magic number is $30m, there or thereabouts. The injury riddled Oilers will be minus the services of a number of big-paycheck players tonight. Yahoo
  • One local lad is happy to be home- Jake Debrusk was glad to have some time to spend with friends and family. Boston.com
  • Don Sweeney will need to dig deep and tap his creative sweenius to pull of a move worthy of those made by divisional opponents. Boston Globe
  • The good news? At least no one else has snapped up Chris Kreider- yet. 98.5 the Sports Hub
  • Just in case, there are four consolation prizes available. The Hockey Writers
  • Because it was the right thing to do- Brendan Gallagher has received a personal apology from Zdeno Chara. He is not the only one. NESN (A note, this received limited coverage up north. Habs Eyes on the Prize , La Presse) They were less kind over at Lighthouse Hockey and disparage the messenger to boot.
  • Lend your ears to a podcast mulling all things Bruins trade deadline, with Conor Ryan and Evan Marinofsky. (Audio, 37:17) Boston Sports Journal

NHL Standings:

  • In the President’s Trophy race, the Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Capitals have faltered, and now the Lightning are nipping at Boston’s heels in second place. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is second only to Auston Matthews as the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. On the netminding side, that highly overrated bum Tuukka Rask is both the goals against average and save percentage top dog, and is among shutout leaders. Our number two is better than you- Jaroslav Halak remains among the leaders in all three categories as well. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Rich Peverley sat with Ron MacLean to catch up on his work with Pevs Protects, promoting the deployment of defibrillators and training to use them. (Video, 5:43) Sportsnet
  • 31 Thoughts is up for this week. Down at #27 & 28 are kudos to the Lightning and to the Blues (including David and Kelly Backes) for promoting pet adoption as part of hockey’s mission. Enjoy the pet pix! Bonus- at #30, a letter from a youth coach that all parents and participanst should read. Sportsnet
  • Teams on the bubble are finding this trade deadline especially challenging. Forbes
  • An NHL documentary about Connor McDavid ’s return following a PCL tear does injured players no favors, appearing trying to link a biological ability to recover upon the strength of a player’s character. Defending Big D
  • Evaluating the top hockey hotbeds in the USA- which are up and comers, which have peaked. Discuss. ESPN
  • Five straight games lost, a special player held goalless- who wants to bet that an important milestone goal just happens to be scored against the Canadiens on NBCSN this Thursday evening? Hmmmmm.... NBC Sports
  • COPYCATS! A single Flyera bingo card has been posted on Broad Street Hockey. (Should’ve kept Kate Smith! JvR is lazy!)