Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start a three-game homestand tonight against the Blues.
Kevan Miller, recalled from Providence Wednesday on an emergency basis, will make his NHL debut tonight. Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) will not play.
Seidenberg is day-to-day. Seidenberg appeared to injure his left leg during a net-front collision with Derek Dorsett on Tuesday in New York. Coach Claude Julien said Seidenberg might be back within a week from the time of the injury. McQuaid participated in his first morning skate today since the injury. It’s possible McQuaid could return on Saturday against Carolina, especially if he engages in battle drills during practice tomorrow.
Puck drop: 7 p.m. TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers) Records: Blues 14-3-3, Bruins 14-6-1
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron
Storylines: The Bruins had their penalty-killing streak snapped on Tuesday by the Rangers. They had killed 32 straight penalties before Derick Brassard scored a second-period power-play goal… St. Louis has the league’s best power play (25.7 percent)… The Blues like to mix it up. Ryan Reaves (60 penalty minutes) is their strongman. Reaves and Shawn Thornton could tangle tonight… Kevin Pollock and Don Van Massenhoven will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen."
Boston last defeated the Blues at TD Garden on Jan. 30, 2001.
The Bruins have outscored opponents 13-4 while winning four in a row at home, and Rask has stopped 84 of 86 shots in starting three of those games.
Maintaining that success could be even more important with St. Louis expected to turn to Jaroslav Halak in goal. He's coming off a 23-save effort in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Buffalo, two days after being pulled in the second period for allowing three goals on six shots in a defeat by the same score at Washington.
Halak has won his last two games in Boston via shootouts, stopping 78 of 81 shots through overtime. That includes 33 saves and three more in the tiebreaker opposite Rask in November 2010.
St. Louis' Alexander Steen is among the league leader with 26 points, while his 17 goals tie him with the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin for the most in the NHL. However, the center -- who had 27 points last season -- has been kept off the score sheet in back-to-back games after a career-high 13-game point streak. Steen has five goals and eight assists over his last nine visits to Boston, including one point in each of the past four."
The Blues! Want too see more from the 2nd line tonight.