Game 45: Bruins at Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Welcome to the SAP Center where the Bruins are set to play the Sharks tonight. It’s a big night for the team, which gets back both Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton tonight. Both have missed 15 games, Eriksson with a concussion, Thornton with a suspension.

“I’m excited to be back, obviously,” Thornton said this morning. “It was a tough night to sleep for other reasons this time, which is good. I was a little excited. It’s been a long time.”

He’s not alone. Eriksson echoed that same feeling.

“For sure,” he said. “It’s been a long time, it feels like. So it’s going to be nice to be back.”

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Game time: 10:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 28-14-2, Sharks 28-11-6

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have lost the first two games of their West Coast road trip, falling to the Ducks and Kings and allowing nine goals in the process. … The Bruins won the other matchup between these two teams in a game that Tuukka Rask stole for them. Rask was pulled 1:45 into the second period against Los Angeles on Thursday. … Johnny Boychuk remains back in Boston for personal reasons, with Kevan Miller slotting into his spot in the lineup. … Zdeno Chara said he was fine after taking a slash in a bad spot on Friday at practice.