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Pierre McGuire's In The Crease

Expect new Lightning coach Rick Tocchet to give 40-year-old winger Mark Recchi (right) an enhanced leadership role—and then expect Recchi to be the focus of trade inquiries from contenders who covet his energy. With 12 points in 17 games through Sunday, Recchi looks faster than he has in years after an off-season of Pilates and hot yoga.... The Bruins are no longer a plodding, passive team, but one that hits, hustles and plays with speed and skill. In addition to Boston's core stars, Dennis Wideman has blossomed into a difference maker. The slick 25-year-old defenseman thinks the game well and handles big minutes. He's been the NHL's most improved player.