BUFFALO — Good afternoon from the First Niagara Center, where the Bruins have just completed their day-of-game workout in preparation of tonight’s game against the Sabres.
The Bruins finally made it out of Boston late on Saturday, departing Hanscom Field (Bedford) at approximately 10:30 p.m. on their charter flight and landing here approximately 60 minutes later. Their game against the Bolts, which was to be played at 7 p.m. Saturday, was called off at approximately 3 p.m., in large part because the MBTA had yet to resume service following the Friday-Saturday ”Nemo” blizzard.
Based on the late-morning skate, Tyler Seguin, bumped up to the first line in Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Montreal, will remain on right wing with linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Nathan Horton, the displaced right wing, will fly with Patrice Bergeron (C) and Rich Peverley (LW).
It appears Shawn Thornton, concussed in his fight with Buffalo’s John Scott on Jan. 31, will be back on the job tonight with fellow checkers Danny Paille and Greg Campbell. Paille’s just back, too, after suffering a high stick to the head some 10 days ago.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 7-1-1; Sabres, 5-6-1..
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Jamie Tardif
Dan Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D), Lane MacDermid (F).
Injured: Brad Marchand (shoulder).
Storylines: Boston coach Claude Julien did not reveal to the media his choice for starting goalie. However, it’s most likley Rask (6-1-1, 1.97 GAA, .922 save percentage)…Provided Boston roads are back to normal, the Bruins return to Causeway St. Tuesday night to face the Rangers…All eyes will be Thornton-Scott, to see if they have a rematch…For the first time this season, ex-Devil Jay Pandolfo is traveling with the team. He remains without a contract, but his presence indicates the Bruins are more serious about signing him…Tonight’s guys in stripes: Referees Dave Jackson and Francois St. Laurent; Linesmen Greg Devorski and Darren Gibbs…No official word from the Bruins, but their website notes a schedule change that now has the Lightning visiting the Garden on Friday, April 26, what now stands as the last home game of the regular season. It lists the start time as ”PPD”. According to team spokesperson Matt Chmura, the NHL controls the scheduling portion of all individual teams’ websites, making it appear that the league now considers April 26 the official makeup date.