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Game 44: Bruins vs. Panthers

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  April 21, 2013 11:45 AM

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Good morning from the TD Bank Garden, where at 12:30 the Bruins will face the Panthers in the final regular-season matinee of the season on Causeway Street.

Milan Lucic and Doug Hamilton, both scratched from Saturday's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh, will be back in the lineup today for the Bruins.

Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid, both of whom were dinged up in the loss to Pittsburgh, are on the sidelines today. Coach Claude Julien said both suffered upper-body injuries and their availability will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

It looks like Waden Redden also makes it back into the lineup today against what is a Florida JV club. He likely pairs with Dennis Seidenberg.

During warmups, all Panthers wear ballcaps, with logo that a Bruins spokesperson says is that of the Boston Police Dept.


Puck drop: 12:30 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 26-12-5; Panthers, 13-25-6.

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-Rich Peverley.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr.
Danny Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk.


Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin


Storylines: With only five games to go in regular season, the Bruins desperately need to get back on their game. They are a season-worst 0-3-1 in their last four games....Lucic has scored only twice since Feb. 24. We'll see if a day on the sidelines perks his productivity...Julien would not be more specific about the injuries to Horton and McQauid. Horton had a first-period fight Saturday with Jarome Iginla and did not return after that short scuffle. McQuaid was hindered after an open-ice hit by Matt Cooke...Despite their recent woes, the Bruins have the third best goal differential in the league with a plus-23 (120-97)...The Pens scored twice on the power play Saturday. The Bruins have scored four times on the power play since March 16...Today's guys in stripes: Refs Marc Joannette and Ghislain Hebert; Linesmen Derek Nansen and Steve Barton.

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