GLENDALE, Ariz. – Good morning from Jobing.com Arena, where the Bruins will seek their seventh straight win tonight against the Coyotes. This is the first game following the holiday break for both clubs.
Rich Peverley (undisclosed) didn’t practice with the team yesterday upon the Bruins’ arrival from Boston. Assuming Peverley is unavailable tonight, Zach Hamill would most likely take his spot on the No. 3 line.
Puck drop: 9 p.m. ET
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 23-9-1, Coyotes 18-15-3
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratch: Steven Kampfer
Storylines: The Coyotes will be without No. 1 goalie Mike Smith because of a groin injury. The former Tampa Bay puckstopper is on injured reserve. Jason LaBarbera and Curtis McElhinney are on the Phoenix roster … During their six-game winning streak, the Bruins have outscored their opponents, 30-7 … Tonight will be Claude Julien’s 600th career game as a head coach … A Versus crew is following Patrice Bergeron for an upcoming NHL 36. The episode will air on NBC Sports Network Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. … The Bruins will get their second look at David Rundblad this month. The former Ottawa defenseman was traded to Phoenix in a package for Kyle Turris … Old friend Derek Morris is saddled with a minus-11 rating, second-worst on the team … The Coyotes are averaging a gentlemanly 8.7 penalty minutes per game, second-fewest in the league.