This game sets up as the return of Tyler Seguin to Boston. But it's going to mark another return as well. Loui Eriksson will be returning to the Bruins lineup to play against his former team, the Dallas Stars, after sitting out the last five games as the result of an illegal check to the head from the Sabres' John Scott Oct. 23.
It should also mark the return of Johnny Boychuk, who missed Saturday's game against the Islanders after injuring his back last Thursday.
"Their status is good," coach Claude Julien said. "Loui will definitely be in and more than likely Johnny as well."
Oh, and there's still that Seguin return to whip the Garden crowd into a frenzy, as the Bruins try to reverse their sagging fortunes of late. The Bruins have lost three of their last four games, including a lackluster effort against the Islanders Saturday.
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)
Records: Bruins 8-5-0, Stars 6-6-2
Bruins projected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Tory Krug-Adam McQuaid
Notes: The Bruins have lost three of their last four ... The Bruins are 2-1-0 against teams from the Western Conference ... Tonight's game marks the first of a five-game homestand, as the Bruins host Dallas, Florida, Toronto, Tampa Bay, and Columbus. It's the longest homestand of the season for Boston ... This is the first season the Bruins will play the Stars more than once since 2003-04.