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Limited skate

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 17, 2009 11:54 AM

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The Bruins had an optional skate this morning. Not skating: Dennis Wideman, P.J. Axelsson, Chuck Kobasew, Stephane Yelle, Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Shane Hnidy, Michael Ryder, and Marc Savard.

Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, and Patrice Bergeron were the last skaters off the ice. None of the three will play tonight.

* Matt Lashoff will play his second straight game without a visor. Lashoff said his peripheral vision is slightly better without the shield.

* Claude Julien said Aaron Ward (charley horse) has been skating at Ristuccia Arena. Julien said Ward might be available for Monday's matinee against St. Louis.

Tonight's expected lineup:

P.J. Axelsson
Marc Savard
Chuck Kobasew
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Petteri Nokelainen
Stephane Yelle
Byron Bitz
Vladimir Sobotka
Martin St. Pierre
Shawn Thornton
Mark Stuart
Zdeno Chara
Matt Lashoff
Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick
Shane Hnidy
Tim Thomas
Manny Fernandez
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