Hello again from Causeway Street, where tonight the Bruins return from the NHL’s All-Star break and face the Ottawa Senators. It’s the start of three straight at the Garden. The Canes will be here on Thursday night, followed by the Penguins on Saturday.
The guess here is that Tuukka Rask, well rested while Tim Thomas fulfilled All-Star obligations in Ottawa over the weekend, will be in net, most likely opposed by Craig Anderson. Following the morning skate, both goalies left the ice simultaneously, with Thomas one stride ahead of the Thin Finn.
With such a heavy schedule from now until the start of the playoffs, said Bruins coach Claude Julien, both goalies should see a healthy amount of playing time. But that does not necessarily mean a straight rotation. ”If they’re both hot, they’re both playing.” And if one isn’t…..
Nathan Horton, still working his way back from a concussion, remains out of the Black-and-Gold lineup. Andrew Ference tonight will serve the third and final game of his three-game suspension for his dangerous hit Jan. 21 on the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 31-14-2; Senators, 27-19-6.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Steve Kampfer-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Andrew Ference (suspended).
Storylines: If Thomas gets the start, no telling how the crowd will react in the wake of the former US Olympic goalie opting not to attend the club’s White House visit last Monday. It’s the club’s first Garden appearance since making what turned into a controversial visit to Pennsylvania Ave…The Bruins picked up one power-play goal in each of their two games prior to the ASG break, but are a squirt-gun-like 5-for-34 (14.7 percent) over their last 10 games. They were blanked on the man-advantage in five of those 10 games. Five different forwards scored those PPGs…The last Boston defenseman to score on the man-advantage was Zdeno Chara, who connected in the 6-0 smackdown of the Flyers on Dec. 17. Six weeks is a long time to go without any PP pop from long-distance…Defensemen Ference and Adam McQuaid were the only Bruins to score in the 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Jan. 21…Team captain Chara was uncharacteristically animated following the morning skate when discussing how often equipment manufacturers change their stick specs….Brad Marchand, aka The L’il Ball o’ Hate, was also called ”Squirrel” for a while during his AHL days. More on that in tomorrow’s Boston Globe…The referees tonight are Rob Martell and Dan O’Rourke; Linesmen are Andy McElman and Tim Nowak. Brendan Shanahan remains the long arm of the law.