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Bruins lottery victory countdown: Tonight’s the night 04.30.16 at 9:00 am ET
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The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.

Get excited, Bruins fans: Tonight is the night the Bruins will learn that they will either pick first, second, third or 14th overall. It’s easy to point to the less-than-two-percent chance of a top-three pick and doubt the possibility of seeing Auston Matthews or one of the Finnish right wings ending up in Boston, but ask yourself this: What at are the odds that a team would wind up with the 14th pick in two straight years? Probably small. You might want to prepare for that top-three pick just in case.

The lottery will be broadcast on NBC in the United States (CBC and TVA Sports in Canada) prior to Game 2 of the second-round series between the Capitals and Penguins.

This is the first season in which the first three picks have been up for grabs via a lottery system. Here’s a good piece from Sportsnet on some of the biggest lottery wins in NHL history.

From earlier this week:

– The first one of these silly posts, featuring some Auston Matthews video

– Who would you rather trade if they won the lottery: David Krejci or Ryan Spooner?

– Who are the second and third picks?

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Patrice Bergeron named Selke finalist for fifth straight season 04.28.16 at 8:32 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named a Selke finalist on Thursday, marking the fifth straight season in which Bergeron has been one of the top three-vote getters for the award. The other finalists for the Selke, which is given annually to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” are Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Kings center Anze Kopitar.

A three-time winner and the statistical favorite to win the award this season, Bergeron would tie Bob Gainey for the most career Selke wins with four. A Selke win this season would mark Bergeron’s third straight, which would make him the second player to win three in a row. Pavel Datsyuk won three straight from 2007-08 through 2009-10.

Keller won the Selke in 2010-11, with Bergeron winning in three of the next four seasons. Kopitar has never won the Selke, though he was a finalist last season.

Bruins lottery victory countdown: Preparing for the second or third pick 04.28.16 at 9:00 am ET
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The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.

Pt. 1: Auston Matthews

Pt. 2: Who gets traded if the B’s win the pick?

So the odds might not be great that the Bruins will win the first overall pick, but here’s the silver lining: They’ve got a better chance at winning the second or third overall pick.

The Bruins have a 1.1 percent chance of getting the second overall pick and a 1.3 percent chance of picking third. The other possibility is that they end up with the 14th overall pick (96.6 percent chance), but that’s no fun.

The seemingly obvious choice for the first overall pick is American center Auston Matthews, but what about the second and third picks? The answer: Big Finnish right wings.

Patrik Laine is the projected second overall pick, though Bob McKenzie wrote this week that he’s actually gaining ground on Matthews. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger had 14 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 46 regular-season games in the Finnish Elite League this season, but he took off in the postseason with 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 18 games.

McKenzie says the similarly sized Jesse Puljujarvi is “entrenched” as the third guy in this year’s draft. Of course, the Bruins love them some American forwards and left wing Matthew Tkachuk’s skill and NHL bloodlines might be tough to pass up. Getting either Laine or Puljujarvi would would be a dream come true for a Bruins team that badly needs right wings. Netting one of them would also make it an easier decision to say goodbye to Loui Eriksson.

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Roberto Luongo to new hockey fan: ‘Don’t google 2011 SCF’ 04.27.16 at 11:25 pm ET
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Roberto Luongo is the funniest person on hockey Twitter, but there’s been a recent challenger for his crown.

Tony X., who tweets under the handle @soIoucity, is a St. Louis Cardinals fan who accidentally came across the Blues-Blackhawks Game 7 on Monday and ended up watching his first hockey game. His experience live-tweeting his genuine amazement at hockey has taken him from hundreds of followers to well over 50,000 in a matter of days. Some of his heavy-hitters — such as when he saw a goalie pulled for the first time — are NSFW, but they’re all hilarious.

He tweeted the following Wednesday night.

The tweet prompted a response from Luongo himself.

Tony X. then paid Luongo a compliment, which led Luongo to spike the football in the greatest display of self-deprecation ever.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bruins lottery victory countdown: Which center will they trade after getting Auston Matthews? 04.27.16 at 11:35 am ET
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David Krejci has five years left on his contract. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

David Krejci has five years left on his contract. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.

We’ve already covered that once the Bruins win the lottery on Saturday (duh), they’ll have the chance to grab American center Auston Matthews. This will go a long way in the Bruins’ effort to make their offense overwhelmingly American (Frank Vatrano, Noel Acciari, Jimmy Hayes, Austin Czarink, Lee Stempniak? Jimmy Vesey?), but it would also make the Bruins a little too loaded down the middle.

The addition of Matthews would make either David Krejci or Ryan Spooner expendable in an effort to get much-needed defense help.

For those who didn’t watch this season (congrats), Krejci was one of the best players in the league over the first month of the season before seeing his play drop off due to a pair of injuries. Despite missing 10 games on the season, Krejci still put up 63 points (17 goals, 46 assists) over 72 games.

One of his injuries, a hip impingement, has required surgery. Krejci, 29, has five years remaining on a six-year contract with an annual $7.25 million cap hit.

Spooner, meanwhile, put up 40 points over his first 56 games before fading in the second half due in part to a lower-body injury. He finished the season with 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) in 80 games. The 24-year-old has one year left on a two-year contract with a $950,000 cap hit. His contract is one of Don Sweeney’s bright spots thus far as Bruins general manager.

Who should the Bruins trade for defense help if they win the lottery?

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Bruins sign goaltender Daniel Vladar to entry level contract 04.26.16 at 8:51 pm ET
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The Bruins announced the signing of an entry level contract for goaltender Daniel Vladar Tuesday.

Vladar, a third-round pick of the Bruins in the 2015 draft, hails from the Czech Republic but has spent this season in North America playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He posted a .920 save percentage at the USHL level.

The 18-year-old netminder stands at 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds. He was the fourth goaltender taken in last June’s draft.

Bruins lottery victory countdown: Watch Auston Matthews’ first Swiss League goal 04.25.16 at 12:50 pm ET
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The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.

(Seriously. We have nothing better to do.)

Anyway, here’s projected first overall pick Auston Matthews’ first goal in the Swiss National League A:

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