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Heinen rejoins Bruins, will be in lineup tonight against Sharks

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Heinen rejoins Bruins, will be in lineup tonight against Sharks

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins will add a little skill to their lineup Thursday night against San Jose after recalling red-hot Danton Heinen from Providence.

Heinen had three assists during an earlier stint in Boston and has a goal and 11 points in seven games between Boston and Providence this season.

It appears Heinen will transition right back into a bottom-6 role with the Bruins after gelling with Sean Kuraly and Tim Schaller when he was here before, and might even get a look on the penalty-kill unit.

“In the three games I was up [before] I felt more comfortable, and with each time there’s even less of an adjustment,” said Heinen, who really caught fire and dominated the AHL with his playmaking skills down the stretch last season. “I just try to go out and play. You don’t want to have any drop-off [when you get sent to the AHL]. It is a little bit slower, but you want to try to keep the pace up and play with pace like you would up [in the NHL].

“I just need to realize where I am in the lineup and try to compliment the guys that I’m out there with. If it’s a North/South game and that’s what I need to do, then I’m going to go out there and try to do it.”

It appeared at morning skate that Matt Beleskey was going to be the scratch after staying out for extra skating after all the other B’s players had exited the ice. Beleskey has zero points in six games along with a minus-2 rating, and hasn’t consistently been the physical force he needs to be in the bottom-6 group.

In goal, Anton Khudobin will get another start with Tuukka Rask serving as the backup after being cleared to play following his concussion.

"[Rask has] been medically cleared," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "He'll back up tonight. We're all in agreement -- training staff, coaching staff and the player himself -- that another practice [on Friday] morning will be the best preparation to go back in on Saturday [against the Kings]."

Kevan Miller appears to be ready to return to the lineup, as well, after missing last weekend’s loss to the Sabres with an upper body injury suffered in last week’s fight with Derek Dorsett.

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings against the Sharks based on the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
DeBrusk-Backes-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Nash-Agostino
Schaller-Kuraly-Heinen

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Miller-Postma

Khudobin

Bruins featured prominently on NBC national schedule

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Bruins featured prominently on NBC national schedule

The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won’t be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.

The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame, and their Oct. 3 season opener against the reigning Cup champion Washington Capitals in DC. The 14 games are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most in the NHL behind only the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Penguins.

The B’s season opener vs. the Caps will actually kick off NBC’s NHL coverage for the regular season, which is set to include a whopping 109 televised games.

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Other highlights from the NBC Networks broadcast schedule include a home game against the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday, January 14, a road game against the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, February 20, and a home tilt on Thursday Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning team that eliminated them in the playoffs.

Here’s the rest of the national television 2018-19 schedule for the Black and Gold that certainly has some games to circle on the ole hockey calendar:  

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC

Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN

Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

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Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the fog officially rolled in this morning.  

*NBC Sports announced their 109-game schedule for the NHL season, and it all starts with the Bruins season opener on Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Wednesday Night Rivalry games will be done away with and in its place Wednesday Night Hockey is going to feature a more diverse collection of teams and locations featuring non-traditional markets. It’s a great idea and completely called for given the emergence of teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers on the lasting legacy of the recently passed Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita when it comes to his work in the community.

*Dylan Larkin got a pretty good deal from the Detroit Red Wings that was deserved given his youth and his production to this point. So why on Earth are we writing 1,000 word think pieces on this? Yeah, I don’t know either.

*Speaking of the Red Wings, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg may be a giant question mark for this upcoming NHL season based on his health. While it’s a big blog to the Red Wings competitiveness for next season, it might be the best thing for a team that’s still nowhere near competing for a Stanley Cup at this point.

*Three big questions facing the Edmonton Oilers as they ready for a massive season that will undoubtedly have jobs on the line based on an expected return to the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Well, this is one way to discourage cruise ships from going by your coastal home.