The Bruins and Senators are on the ice for warmups here at the Garden.
Gord Dwyer and Ian Walsh are tonight’s referees. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo are calling the lines.
Tim Thomas leads the Bruins out for the pre-game skate, yet another indication that he’ll make his first start in two weeks. Tuukka Rask lingers on the ice at the end of warmups, fielding the last shots from his Black-and-Gold teammates.
The Bruins are working with the same lines that coach Claude Julien employed against the Devils:
Blake Wheeler–Marc Savard–Bryon Bitz
Marco Sturm–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Vladimir Sobotka–David Krejci–Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton–Steve Begin–Danny Paille
The defensive units are expected to remain the same:
Zdeno Chara-Derek Morris
Andrew Ference-Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick-Mark Stuart
Brian Elliott is expected in net for the Senators. Ottawa’s No. 1 stopper, Pascal Leclaire, recently exited the lineup when he suffered a fractured cheekbone, hit by a shot while watching a game from the bench.
About 15 minutes from puck drop. Keep your fingers right here on the digital highway and we’ll be back with shift-by-shift updates once the Game No. 26 gets going.