VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Good morning from Rogers Arena, where the 2011 Stanley Cup finals will kick off tonight. Assuming everyone is excited as can be.
The Bruins will not have a morning skate today. The Canucks are scheduled to hit the ice at 9:30 a.m. local time.
Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins 0-0, Canucks 0-0
TV/radio info: NBC (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy, Steven Kampfer
Projected Canucks lineup:
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows
Christopher Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Mason Raymond
Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen
Jeff Tambellini-Alexandre Bolduc-Victor Oreskovich
Alexander Edler-Christian Ehrhoff
Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo-Aaron Rome
Storylines: Rich Peverley will most likely start the game on the fourth line. But Peverley will most likely spell Mark Recchi on the No. 2 line throughout tonight like he did in Game 7 against Tampa Bay. Claude Julien hinted yesterday that the second line will match up against Vancouver’s No. 1 line… No word yet on the availability of Manny Malhotra tonight. Given that Malhotra didn’t practice yesterday, we’ll assume he’s out… Vancouver has scored on 28.3 percent of its power plays in the playoffs. Conversely, the Bruins are scuffling at an 8.2 percent clip… Stephen Walkom and Dan O’Rourke will be the referees. Pierre Racicot and Steve Miller will be the linesmen. Walkom was one of the two referees (Dan O’Halloran was the other) who called a zero-penalty night in Game 7 against the Lightning.