Hello from TD Bank Garden, where it appears Patrice Bergeron will return to the Boston lineup this evening when the Bruins face the Senators on Causeway Street.
Bergeron was sidelined two weeks ago with his fourth career concussion when hit by Ottawa’s Colin Greening in what appeared to be a routine goal-mouth collision.
”The final decision’s not mine,” Bergeron said after skating this morning on a line that he centered with Milan Lucic on his left and Tyler Seguin on his right. ”But I feel I can play tonight.”
Coach Claude Julien said the decision, as always, will be made in concert with Bergeron, club management, coaches, trainers and doctors. In other words: game time decision. The bet here: 90 percent chance he suits up.
”When you have been through what Patrice has been through,” noted Julien, ”you always make sure you are extra safe with him.”
Andrew Ference gets the night off. Doug Hamilton, given the last two games to rest, moves into Ference’s blue line spot.
Brad Marchand, concussed Wednesday night in Newark, skated for a second day in a row and reported that he felt well after the morning skate. He has yet to be cleared for contact.
Look for Tuukka Rask to get tonight’s start. Rask took the loss Saturday night in Raleigh and is now 17-8-4.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 26-11-4; Senators, 21-14-6.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama; 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Gregoy Campbell-David Krejci-Jaromir Jagr
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Nathan Horton
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Matt Bartkowski
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Wade Redden (D); Andrew Ference (D); Jay Pandolfo (F); Carl Soderberg(F), Jordan Caron (F)
Injured: Brad Marchand (concussion).
Story lines: The Bruins are trying to reestablish their game after back-to-back losses to the Islanders and Canes, only the second time this season they have lost two straight in regulation….One point tonight will clinch a sixth straight trip to the playoffs for the Bruins…Boston is a measley 3-for-30 on the power play over the last 15 games. The PK unit is 29-for-36 (80.5 percent) over the same 15 games….The Bruins have been outshot in each of the last six games, for a combined 213-168 deficit….Ference is out (coach’s decision) for the first time this season. He logged over 20 minutes of time on ice in each of the last five games….Referees: Brad Meier and Chris Rooney; Linesemen: Michael Cormier and Brad Kovachik.