Following their post-midnight arrival at Hanscom Field, the Bruins have scrubbed their morning skate prior to tonight’s home game against Montreal. We’ll assume that Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas’s backup last night, will be in goal. That would leave Thomas to play against Ottawa on Saturday. Thomas has owned the Senators so outright that he trails only Eugene Melnyk in Ottawa shares.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
Record: Canadiens 9-5-1, Bruins 8-3-1
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron-Blake Wheeler-Mark Recchi
Daniel Paille-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Mark Stuart-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Hunwick-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Jamie Arniel
Storylines: This is the first Bruins-Canadiens game of 2009-10. Montreal leads the Northeast with 19 points… Michael Ryder and Gregory Campbell bring four-game scoring streaks into tonight… The Canadiens traded Ryan O’Byrne to Colorado today for Michael Bournival. The defenseman had zero points in three games this season… Montreal’s power play, usually atop the league, is ranked 30th overall (7.8 percent). PP quarterback Andrei Markov has only played in five games this year… Tyler Seguin is Dunkin’ Donuts’s latest spokesman… Dean Morton and Tim Peel will be the referees. Pierre Champoux and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.