Sobotka out but improving

Vladimir Sobotka, still slowed by the head injury he suffered on Tuesday in Atlanta, will not play tonight against Tampa Bay. Claude Julien said Sobotka is feeling better and that he has not been diagnosed with a concussion.

Trent Whitfield will most likely take Sobotka’s spot between Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. Julien said Steve Begin might also be under consideration to serve as the No. 3 center.

Tuukka Rask will start in goal, while Brad Marchand and Matt Hunwick will be the likely healthy scratches.

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