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Game 29: Kings at Bruins

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 13, 2011 12:30 PM

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The Bruins are back on the job tonight on Causeway Street vs. the L.A. Kings, who are one day removed from firing coach Terry Murray. This will be the only time this season that the Crowns visit the Hub of Hockey.

The Bruins will be without both team captain Zdeno Chara (wrenched knee) and checking-line center Greg Campbell (fractured bone in foot). Coach Claude Julien said Chara will make the trip to Ottawa, where the Bruins play Wednesday night, which would seem to make him a possibility to suit up. Campbell, said Julien, will not travel north.

Danny Paille, believed to have suffered a slight concussion Thursday night, practiced in the morning workout and said he would be available if needed. However, he underwent a neurology exam yesterday and the club maintained today that it had yet to receive the results. Pending those results, no telling if Paille is eligible to play tonight

If Paille can't play, look for former first-round pick Zach Hamill to take his roster spot. Hamill was summoned yesterday from AHL Providence on emergency recall.

Brad Marchand was tagged with a $2,500 fine for slew-footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen last Monday in Pittsburgh. Julien denounced such moves by his pesky winger, saying, ''I want him to be a good brat, not a bad brat.''

And Julien on the kind of bite $2,500 would have been during his days of playing minor-league hockey: ''That would have been my yearly salary....I didn't even get that as a signing bonus.''

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Records: Bruins 18-9-1; Kings 13-12-4.

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
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron-Zach Hamill-Shawn Thornton

Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Steve Kampfer-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas
Injured: Zdeno Chara, Greg Campbell, Daniel Paille

Storylines: Bruins stopped a two-game losing streak Saturday night in Columbus with a 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets. They went 3 for 6 on the power play, their first game this season with three PPGs in one outing. They had gone without a power-play strike in three of their previous four games (1 for 14 in that stretch) ... Prior to canning Murray, the Kings had lost four straight, three by a goal, and were outscored 11-6 overall. The margins are very tight, and the coach forever on a short string, in the new NHL. ...The Bruins are in the midst of a stretch where they will play only seven times over the course of 24 days -- a run that includes a pair of three-day breaks and another one of four days. Very light lifting by NHL standards. ...Tuukka Rask gets the call tonight in the Boston net and Julien said he plans to start Thomas in Ottawa. Rask swapped in for Thomas in Columbus after the two-time Vezina winner yielded three goals in the first two periods. ...Jonathan Quick, ex- of UMass-Amherst, is the Kings' workhorse in net. He is 11-8-4 with a 2.10 GAA and .931 save percentage. ... Don't be surprised if Steve Kampfer logs only a few minutes on the Boston backline, which could mean heavy loads for the likes of Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Johnny Boychuk...Guys in stripes: Referees Kyle Rehman and Dave ''Action'' Jackson; Linesmen Brian Murphy and Rody Vaughan. ... Bruins play only twice more at the Garden in this calendar year: next Monday vs. the Habs and Friday vs. the much-improved Panthers.

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