Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look to hold on to first place in the Northeast Division tonight against the Islanders. The Bruins are now a point ahead of Montreal after their 5-4 win over New Jersey last night.
Brad Marchand may not be available tonight. Marchand exited in last night’s second period after taking an Anton Volchenkov elbow to the side of the head. According to TSN, Volchenkov will have a phone hearing with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan today. The call indicates that Volchenkov is subject to possible supplemental discipline. Such punishment usually involves an injury on the other side.
If Marchand can’t play, Daniel Paille could move up to skate with Gregory Campbell and Jaromir Jagr. Jay Pandolfo, a healthy scratch in the last two games, could dress against his former club.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESNPlus (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 26-9-4, Islanders 20-16-4
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Wade Redden
Storylines: Still no word on Carl Soderberg’s expected arrival date. The Bruins could use a left wing depending on Marchand’s status. Soderberg has agreed to a contract with the Bruins… The Bruins are 8-0-1 in their last nine home games… Tonight will mark the final two-games-in-two-nights set for the Bruins… The Islanders are coming off a pair of wins over Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. They have points in five straight games during their late push for the playoffs… Greg Kimmerly and Paul Devorski will be the referees. Greg Devorski and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen."
Patrice Bergeron is skating at TD Garden this morning. Bergeron is one of seven players on the ice. The others are Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, and Jay Pandolfo.
Bergeron continues to progress from the concussion he suffered on April 2 against Ottawa. Bergeron’s next step would be to join the team for practice.
* Brad Marchand is being re-evaluated today after leaving Wednesday night's game in the second period with an apparent head injury.
* Adam McQuaid is likely to play tonight, coach Claude Julien said. McQuaid hasn’t played since March 19, when he suffered a strained left shoulder against Winnipeg. If McQuaid dresses, Matt Bartkowski would be the likely healthy scratch."
"McQuaid on being out for extended time: "tried to stay positive and get myself ready. Quaider said he's feeling good and looking forward to getting back into the lineup if gets the call tonight...^CS"
Lets hope the Bruins don't do there usual 1st ten minutes of a game "where am I ?" or 3rd period "Hey is that Matt Damon in the stands ?" Pay "A" attention!
No Pandawful, I don't care who is driving in from Burlington! Go Sabres!