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Bruins can clinch playoff spot in game vs. Avalanche

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros carries the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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Andrej Meszaros and the Bruins can become the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

DENVER –The Bruins face the Colorado Avalanche Friday in the first game of a back-to-back against Western Conference opponents. The Bruins head to Phoenix to play the Coyotoes Saturday to conclude their three-game road trip.

The big question for the Bruins Friday is whether they will be the first team in the NHL to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They can clinch if they beat the Avalanche, or if they get one point against Colorado and the Rangers lose to the Blue Jackets in regulation.

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Boston, of course, also comes into this game looking to extend its 10-game winning streak.

Game time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 47-17-5, Avalanche 44-20-6

Notes: Johnny Boychuk will take part in warmups before the game tonight, and will be a game-time decision for coach Claude Julien. ... The Avalanche boast teenage phenom Nathan MacKinnon, who has played in all 70 games for the Avs and has 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points. ... The Bruins’ last streak of at least 11 consecutive wins came on a 13-game stretch in 1970-1971. ... The Bruins are still on a streak of getting at least a point in each of their last 12 road games, at 9-0-3, their longest such streak since 1975-1976. ... The referees are Francis Charron and Dave Jackson. The linesmen are Scott Driscoll and Derek Nansen.

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