Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, and the Thrashers this afternoon. With Tim Thomas getting the start on Thursday, expect Tuukka Rask to get the nod this afternoon.
Shane Hnidy will make his season debut. Hnidy has missed the entire year following shoulder surgery.
Shawn Thornton will not play as he continues to heal. Also out is Steven Kampfer. No word yet on the other defenseman who will sit today. Claude Julien said yesterday that Zdeno Chara will play today. Johnny Boychuk is back in after being rested on Thursday. We’ll guess that Adam McQuaid gets a breather.
Puck drop: 1 p.m.
Record: Thrashers 33-32-12, Bruins 43-23-11
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 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-Michael Ryder
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Shane Hnidy
Healthy scratches: Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid
Storylines: Brad Marchand is the runaway favorite to claim the Seventh Player Award today. Marchand has 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games… Atlanta has the league’s worst road PK (73 percent)… Frederick L’Ecuyer and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. David Brisebois and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.