Key practice kicks off

WILMINGTON — Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins have started what should be a pivotal practice. They are facing an important home game tomorrow against Atlanta before splitting up for the two-day Christmas break.

“It was actually nice to get a couple days of practices,” coach Claude Julien said after the session. “I thought we had a couple good practices in these last days and worked on things that we felt we needed to work on. Hopefully it pays off.”

Same lines as yesterday, with Brad Marchand (questionable for tomorrow) still missing:

Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Steven Kampfer
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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