Tim Thomas will start today to give Tuukka Rask a rest. Rask completes his rookie season with a 22-12-5 record with a 1.97 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi will not play. Marco Sturm, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic will serve as the alternate captains today.
* Zach Hamill will center Lucic and Blake Wheeler.