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Off their break, the Lightning face the Stars tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Bolts

The Lightning held their first practice after the break on Friday, and Tyler Johnson was on a line with Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov, meaning he’s close to a return. [Tampa Bay Times]

The Lightning and the Stars tonight: That the two teams are desperate for points is an understatement. [ESPN]

After the game, Inside the Lightning: Steve Yzerman will premiere, starring Yzerman (duh) with appearances by Steven Stamkos and Yzerman’s former coach Scotty Bowman. [Fox Sports].

That trade deadline clock is ticking, and the Bolts were scouting the Penguins-Blue Jackets game last night.

The League

The Capitals, also back from a week off, looked “um, tan?” to coach Barry Trotz at practice. [Washington Post]

The Islanders are embarking on the longest road trip in franchise history, and not only are the playoffs on the line for them, but so’s the future of Doug Weight behind the bench. [Newsday]

Antonie Vermette is appealing his 10-game suspension for abuse of an official because... the justice system that allows this? [Yahoo Sports]

The Blue Jackets Twitter strikes again. Dude deserves it.

After a brilliant string of games by goaltender Peter Budaj, the Kings have some goaltending issues. [Los Angeles Times]

New coach, all smiles for the Canadiens. [The Canadian Press]

Examining the Oilers’ poor prospect development. Connor McDavid not included? [Fanrag]

After decent gets at All-Star Weekend, OneRepublic and Kaelo have been booked for the Stadium Series taking place next Saturday. [NHL.com]

The Game

Let the emojis speak for themselves.