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Injured Bruins David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk make nice progress in recovery process

For the first time since the two valuable skaters suffered from injuries, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk participated in the Boston Bruins’ game day skate, according to James Murphy of ESPN Boston.

Krejci is fighting off a minor concussion he’s been dealing with since playing against the St. Louis Blues last Saturday. Boychuk broke his forearm during the team’s October 23 game against the New York Rangers.

Marco Sturm reportedly joined them during the morning skate, but gradually improving center Marc Savard did not participate.

I’m not certain if there is any clear return date for Krejci – concussions are still as mysterious as ever – but Murphy reports that Boychuk could return to game action as soon as next weekend. They obviously weren’t able to play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, but there’s at least some reason for optimism regarding Boston’s injury riddled roster.

That doesn’t mean that the Bruins are assuming that either one will avoid setbacks along the way.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was pleased with the progress of Boychuk and Krejci, but he and the Bruins won’t get ahead of themselves.

“Both are progressing well,” Julien said after the skate. “David started his exertion test yesterday, as we mentioned. He got on the bike and felt good enough to get on the ice and skate a little bit today. I guess that result we’ll get later on, and as the day progresses we’ll know whether he feels good enough and see tomorrow. So those are things that he’s going through, and so far everything is going in the right direction with him.

“Johnny is the same thing. He started skating with us today, getting some shots, so he’s progressing well. I guess these next few days will determine how close he is to starting to play again.”

We’ll keep you updated about their injury statuses, but if you ask Boychuk, he sounds like he’s getting much closer to being ready. Here’s some of his comments via ESPN.

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WATCH LIVE: Blues at Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against Jay Bouwmeester #19 and Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues during the season opening game at the United Center on October 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Blues will look to improve their cushion in the Western Conference playoff race when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

NHL On NBCSN: Blues look to slow down Blackhawks

Blues extend Berglund — five years, $19.25 million

Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson ‘day-to-day,’ will not play on Sunday

BREAKING: Ben Bishop reportedly traded to L.A. Kings

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The L.A. Kings have reportedly acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

That is according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and TSN on Sunday.

The news comes one day after Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings crease after a 59-game absence due to a groin injury and was solid in a winning effort versus the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings are three points out of the final wild card spot in the West.

More to come.

Video: More evidence Connor McDavid is really good at hockey

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his first career NHL goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Connor McDavid once again had that blazing speed of his on display. The latest victims? The Nashville Predators on Sunday.

The sophomore star scored his 21st goal of the season and league-leading 70th point thanks to a beautiful individual effort, putting his Oilers back into a tie game at the time.

McDavid picked up the puck just outside his blue line, accelerated to beat Roman Josi in the neutral zone, beat Ryan Ellis with a move and immediately snapped his shot home for the goal.

Two more Canucks players showing symptoms of the mumps

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Boston Bruins during the third period at TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Canucks 4-3. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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There was good news and bad news for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, as the club deals with an outbreak of the mumps.

First, the bad news: Head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed that forward Anton Rodin, defenseman Ben Hutton and trainer Brian Hamilton are now experiencing symptoms of the mumps.

Initially, five players — Troy Stecher, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund — had been affected.

The good news? Stecher, who had the first confirmed case of the mumps, was back on the ice Sunday for an optional practice, per the Canucks.

The Canucks, nine points out of a playoff spot in the West, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

The following day is the trade deadline, and the Canucks could be busy, with at least three players — Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller — all mentioned as possible targets for other teams.

Speaking to TSN 1040 radio on Friday, GM Jim Benning didn’t believe the mumps outbreak would impact his plans leading up to the deadline.