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Fresh Links: Lightning Round

The Bruins get to play their nearest competitor twice this week.

NHL: APR 30 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 2 - Bruins at Lightning
Just look for the friendlies in the stands.
Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tune in tonight on NBCSN to see the battle of the Atlantic Division titans as the Lightning host the Bruins at 7:30PM.

  • Just the facts, ma’am- what the Bruins face on this Florida trip, and which (remaining) Bolts and Panthers to watch for. NESN
  • Twice the fun! The Bruins play Tampa Bay twice this week. We’ll get a chance to see if mirroring the Blue Jackets’ composition after last season’s bum’s rush from the playoffs pays off for them. Boston Globe
  • Counterpoint- it’s no big deal. Just another couple of regular season games. (Free access today, but soft paywall) Patriot Ledger
  • Boston’s defensive corps seems back on track again. Boston Herald

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Blues have crept into 2nd place within 6 points, the Lightning are in 3rd with 7 points. and the Capitals are in 4th at 8 points back. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the top NHL sniper by two goals, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. Among defensemen, Torey Krug is remains with both points and assists leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is top dog in GAA, and is among both the save percentage leaders and shutout leaders. Jaroslav Halak is still among the leaders in all but save percentage. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Boston was the setting for filming scenes for a new Disney+ feature, including a faux Bruins v. Vegas Golden Knights pregame tailgate.
  • The NHL schedules allowed the extended Marleau family to be reunited in the Golden State with their wayward sons Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner. NHL
  • The EBUG rules will remain as they stand, after NHL GMs had a chance to mull it over. TSN
  • Take your pick- either the NHL had knowledge of long term effects of repeated head injury and withheld it or CTE is the result of regrettable, but personal, choices and pre-existing conditions. Steve Montador’s family battles on in court. TSN
  • Keep Smashville and our Predators chums in your hearts following a devastating tornado strike in Nashville last night. On the Forecheck The Bridgestone Arena will be open today to serve lunch @BrdgstoneArena and the Predators will be slicing and serving the pizza. @PredsNHL