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Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  March 15, 2010 01:12 PM

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Look for Tim Thomas to oppose New Jersey icon Marty Brodeur here tonight when the Bruins face the Devils at the Prudential Center.
Thomas was the first goalie to exit the morning workout, leaving Tuukka Rask to field a few extra shots. First goalie to leave is typically first in line for puck drop.
Satan back on blades
Bruins winger Miro Satan, one of GM Peter Chiarelli's tire patches this season, made it through the light morning skate. Coach Claude Julien said he expects the winger to be available tonight, but will not make a final lineup decision until after the pre-game skate.
With rookie Brad Marchand showing admirable grit in Montreal, it could pose Julien a difficult decision if Satan is able to play. Rookies usually are the point of least resistance when it comes time to re-insert a vet, but Marchand's spunk is impressive.
Satan sat out the last two games, in Philly and Montreal, with a minor injury.
Update: Danny Paille scratched in favor of Satan.
Some 10 minutes prior to puck drop, the night's rosters were announced in the press box and Paille, left winger on line with Steve Begin and Shawn Thorton, got the hook. Paille has only 18 polnts in 62 games this season.
Ference improving
Veteran backliner Andrew Ference, hindered again by a groin pull the last two weeks (tonight is his seventh straight game out of the lineup), skated today back in Boston, Julien reported.
Provided Ference shows no ill effects from today's skate, he might be able to practice with the team by the end of the week and possibly play Sunday when the Rangers visit the Garden for an NBC matinee tilt.
The snakebitten Ference has played in only five games since Jan. 5.
Savard shows no improvement
Julien when asked for an update on Marc Savard:
''Savvy is still the same--not doing well.''
Savard was clobbdered by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke last Sunday, sustaining a Grade 2 concussions. Cooke and the Penguins will visit the Garden Thursday night.
Guys in stripes
Steve Kozari and Stephen Walkom will be this evening's referees. Brian Murphy and David Brisebois will handle the lines.

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