VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Good morning from Rogers Arena, where the Bruins will be chasing their first Stanley Cup tonight since 1972. The Bruins didn’t have a morning skate. They conducted their media obligations at their team hotel. The Bruins are not expected to make any lineup changes.
Tonight marks the biggest game of most of the Bruins’ lives. They are doing their best not to allow the moment to overwhelm them.
“Pressure’s five kids, no job,” Shawn Thornton said. “This is Game 7. This is fun, right? We get to play a game for a living. Just enjoy it.”
Mason Raymond will not play tonight because of the vertebrae compression fracture he suffered in Game 6. Jeff Tambellini will dress today.
Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins 3-3, Canucks 3-3
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-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Shane Hnidy, Steven Kampfer
Projected Canucks lineup:
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows
Christopher Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Jeff Tambellini
Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass-Manny Malhotra-Victor Oreskovich
Alex Edler-Kevin Bieksa
Christian Ehrhoff-Sami Salo
Andrew Alberts-Chris Tanev
Storylines: Regardless of the outcome, it’s expected that tonight will be Mark Recchi’s final game. Recchi hopes to join the management side of an NHL club upon his retirement… This is the first Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final for the Bruins… Dan O’Halloran and Stephen Walkom will be the referees. Jay Sharrers and Jean Morin will be the linesmen.