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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  November 19, 2009 10:04 AM

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Tim Thomas and the Bruins will be on guard for Ilya Kovalchuk's deadly shot. (John Bazemore/AP)

ATLANTA -- Good morning from Philips Arena, where the Bruins will face off against Atlanta tonight. Milan Lucic didn't travel with the team yesterday, but he's expected to be in town today. Lucic will most likely make his return tonight. Lucic broke his right index finger against Dallas on Oct. 16.

* Marc Savard is not expected to play tonight. However, both Savard and Lucic have been taken off long-term injured reserve. Savard could play on Monday against St. Louis.

* Atlanta's special teams are clicking. The Thrashers have the second-best power play (26.5 percent) in the league and the fourth-best PK (84.5 percent).

* Chris Lee and Brian Pochmara will be the referees. Bryan Pancich and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

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