Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom will be the referees for tomorrow’s Bruins-Penguins rematch. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.
Entering 2009-10, McCreary had been a referee for 1,597 games, second-most on the active list behind Kerry Fraser (1,828). Walkom was the NHL’s director of officiating for four seasons before returning to the ice this year.
Before this season, Murphy had 1,207 NHL games on his resume, sixth-most among active linesmen. Sericolo had worked in 664 games entering this year.
With these assignments, the NHL is sending a message that players will be under close watch tomorrow.