SUNRISE, Fla. — Good morning from the BankAtlantic Center, where the Bruins will visit the Panthers tonight to kick off a five-game road trip. Hope everyone back home managed to stave off the storm. Here in South Florida, the locals are buzzing about the cold — highs only in the 50s today.
Milan Lucic, who escaped suspension for his late-game punch to Freddy Meyer’s face on Thursday, will play tonight. Brad Marchand is on the trip, but we’ll assume that Daniel Paille will remain in the lineup.
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
Record: Bruins 18-11-4, Panthers 16-17-0
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Nathan Horton
Mark Recchi-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Steven Kampfer
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: none
Storylines: Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton’s former center, has three goals and four assists in his last five games… Florida has the league’s worst power play (9.6 percent)… The Panthers average only 8.5 penalty minutes per game, fewest in the league… Greg Kimmerly and Don VanMassenhoven will be the referees. Derek Amell and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.