SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Welcome to the SAP Center where the Bruins are set to play the Sharks tonight. It's a big night for the team, which gets back both Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton tonight. Both have missed 15 games, Eriksson with a concussion, Thornton with a suspension.
“I’m excited to be back, obviously,” Thornton said this morning. “It was a tough night to sleep for other reasons this time, which is good. I was a little excited. It’s been a long time.”
He's not alone. Eriksson echoed that same feeling.
"For sure," he said. "It's been a long time, it feels like. So it's going to be nice to be back."
Game time: 10:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 28-14-2, Sharks 28-11-6
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Notes: The Bruins have lost the first two games of their West Coast road trip, falling to the Ducks and Kings and allowing nine goals in the process. ... The Bruins won the other matchup between these two teams in a game that Tuukka Rask stole for them. Rask was pulled 1:45 into the second period against Los Angeles on Thursday. ... Johnny Boychuk remains back in Boston for personal reasons, with Kevan Miller slotting into his spot in the lineup. ... Zdeno Chara said he was fine after taking a slash in a bad spot on Friday at practice.