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The Bruins will take on the Blue Jackets in the bubble, minus the popgun

Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets
Hockey is baaaaack! (TJ Luxmore, Kelly Sutherland)
Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Now ensconced in the Toronto bubble, the Bruins prepare for an exhibition game against the Blue Jackets tonight at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Take 5... things to watch for in the matchup. WEEI
  • Take a sneak a peek from behind enemy lines. Jackets Cannon
  • These were the lines and pairings when the Bruins left off practice yesterday. NESN
  • It looks like the Bruins are all in on Anders Bjork, judging by the fact that they have inked him to a new three-year deal. Boston Globe
  • Ondrej Kase has made a big impact on his new team- by his absence. The Hockey News
  • Sometimes being number two is a really good thing, as Jack Studnicka may discover. WEEI
  • Brad Marchand was quick to defend Tuukka Rask from a Twitter kerfuffle by clarifying a timeline. Boston Herald
  • Speaking of Twitter, why won’t anyone believe that David Pastrnak thinks “... Tom Wilson is the best goal scorer in the league”? NBCSports It doesn’t pass former NHL All-Star John Scott’s sniff test, apparently. @JohnScott_32
  • Charlie Coyle has been named the Seventh Player Award winner, and now has something else in common with fellow local lad Chris Wagner. Patriot Ledger
  • The Bruins will remember Colby Cave with helmet stickers. @NHLBruins The Oilers skate for Colby Cave, and offer this montage. @Edmonton Oilers
  • Zdeno Chara looks up to Nicklas Lidstrom. They reminisced about their first encounter (how Chara was left speechless) and how Lidstrom’s disappointing second season was his impetus to work his way to the top. The last question was about knowing when to retire. (Hockey Idols, Episode 1- Video, 8:06) YouTube

Bubbling up elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Malcolm Subban had himself a night in net along with Corey Crawford in the Blackhawks exhibition shutout win over the Blues. NHL Go, Cats, GO! Mike Babcock joins Mark Stuart working with the UVM hockey program. USCHO Johnny Boychuk dropped the gloves (Streamable) in the Islanders 2-1 win over the Rangers, which was pretty brave considering that he left off last spring having taken a skate to his eyelid. NHL
  • So the Stanley Cup Playoff format is different this year- which teams’ chances have risen or fallen the most? FiveThirtyEight
  • Big changes are coming to hockey analysis thanks to deep learning. Last Word on Hockey
  • Oh, the fun in the bubble! the Flyers took out a billboard in Toronto... @GrittyNHL ...which led the new Seattle Kraken to riff on it. @NHLSeattle_