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Game 70: Bruins at Predators

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 17, 2011 11:12 AM

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NASHVILLE -- Good morning from Bridgestone Arena, where the Bruins will take on the Predators tonight.

Yet to be determined is the availability of Brad Marchand. The rookie is participating in a disciplinary hearing this morning with VP of hockey operations Mike Murphy. In question is an apparent elbow Marchand threw at R.J. Umberger on Tuesday.

If we assume Marchand is unavailable tonight, Rich Peverley would most likely skate on the second line.

We'll also assume that Tim Thomas will get the nod. All will be updated upon any changes.

Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins 39-21-9, Predators 35-25-10

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Rich Peverley-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Steven Kampfer

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratch: none

Storylines: This will be the first time Milan Lucic plays former Vancouver teammate Jonathan Blum. Both won the Memorial Cup in 2006-07... David Krejci has two goals and six assists in his last six games... Nashville has the league's third-worst power play (14.7 percent). Maybe like the Bruins do with Zdeno Chara, the Predators lean too much on Shea Weber and his triple-digit shot... Nashville averages a league-low 8.8 penalty minutes per game... Brian Pochmara and Brad Watson will be the referees. Derek Nansen and Brian Mach will be the linesmen.

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