Getting close to the 7:30 puck drop here at HSBC Arena.
Tuukka Rask will make his third straight start in the Boston net. Tim Thomas, the backup again, still has a niggling (undisclosed) injury, allowing Rask to start for a third straight time.
''So much of practice for us has been all about goal scoring,'' he said. ''It's tough to get game-like situations in practice, and if you are off 12 days between [starts], it can make it tough to be pumped and focused.''
As reported here earlier in the day, the Bruins put journeyman Trent Whitfield on waivers, intending to return him to Providence (AHL). Late in the afternoon, they also announced that rookie Brad Marchand would be returned tomorrow to the Baby B's.
''He did a good job,'' said coach Claude Julien, referring to Marchand's contribution with the varsity. ''He had a good training camp with us, but he tapered off after a while. But he got some experience and that's good, he can bring that back to Providence with him and build off of that. I think he lost some of his confidence with the puck, just wasn't as creative with it as he had been. But I thought he did a good job for us on the penalty kill.''