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NHL: MAR 10 Bruins at Flyers
Captain Zdeno Chara biding his time for the opportunity to launch an opponent’s stick into the stratosphere
Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Sabres host the Bruins Friday night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • When we left off on Tuesday night, the Bruins had disappointed the Flyers in Philadelphia. HockeyBuzz
  • Bruce Cassidy’s line blender would not have been allowed in Claude Julien’s kitchen. Look who’s cooking now. MSN
  • They don’t get no respect- why are we not talking more about how very good this Bruins team is? Boston Herald
  • And while we’re at it, how good has that overrated bum Tuukka Rask been? Boston Herald
  • The higher they fly, the happier Zdeno Chara is- he’s taken to pinwheeling opponents’ sticks into the stratosphere. The Hockey Writers
  • It’s official- the Bruins and Sharks will play to crickets chirping in San Jose on March 21st.
  • The planned tribute to the 1970 Stanley Cup winning Bruins team has been postponed, and for an especially good reason- demographics. MassLive
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins have set a new franchise record. Providence Bruins

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Blues trail by 6 points. The Lightning and Avalanche are tied and trail by 8 points (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is tied at 47 with some Russian bum as the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. For defensemen, Torey Krug remains among both points and assists leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is the king of GAA, is second only to Anton Khudobin in save percentage, and is now in a three-way tie for second place in shutouts. The NHL’s best backup, Jaroslav Halak, is still among the leaders in all but save percentage, where he languishes just outside the margin. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Our Ducks trading partners are assessing what they have in and what reasonable expectations are from David Backes. Bonus- a kind word for Danton Heinen. Anaheim Calling REALLY, Reilly? Was that kind? NBC Sports Peter Chiarelli was circumspect as he reflected on his career and his plans for the future. National Post Johnny Boychuk was missed, and will be a game-time decision to return to action tonight after a bit of cosmetic surgery. Whew! Islanders NHL
  • Stay tuned- even as the NBA has suspended operations, the NHL and NHLPA play on and continue to evaluate their options. NBC Sports
  • Now the Isobel Cup final has been postponed as well, and morning skates and practices around the NHL are off. WEEI
  • Harvard University will forfeit their postseason appearance. WEEI
  • The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference sprouted from roots planted at MIT. Boston Globe
  • You may be surprised at how many (and which) NHLers are competent jugglers. (Video, 4:21) NHL
  • The high-flying Vegas Golden Knights may find themselves grounded in Minnestota for a bit. Eeeek. HockeyBuzz
  • Nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game. Psssst- there’s a ringer currently standing as points leader in one Buffalo beer league. Performax, via Reddit
  • 31 Thoughts- mostly coronavirus fallout, natch. Former Stars coach Jim Mongomery is on the right path. Sportsnet