Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will kick off a three-game homestand tonight against Chicago.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 3-2 road overtime win over Detroit. The eighth-place Blackhawks now have 90 points, three more than Calgary.
The Bruins are having an optional morning skate, so we won’t know what the lineup will look like until warmups. We’ll guess that Tuukka Rask gets the nod.
“Probably not tonight,” Claude Julien said regarding any lineup changes. “As we move on here, there’s certainly going to be some guys moving in and out of the lineup. We’re certainly preparing for that. Right now, everybody played so well last game. We want to keep this team together. We know what this team playing here tonight represents. It’s an important game for us.”
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
Record: Blackhawks 41-26-8, Bruins 42-23-10
TV/radio info: Versus (Ken Daniels, Andy Brickley, Brian Engblom), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Michael Ryder, Steven Kampfer, Shane Hnidy
Storylines: The Bruins have allowed three goals in their last four games… Milan Lucic didn’t land a shot in either of the last two games. Lucic has not gone three straight games without a shot this season… Chicago has the league’s second-best PP (24.2 percent)… Paul Devorski and Don Van Massenhoven will be the referees. Michel Cormier and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.