Hello from TD Bank Garden, where both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will return to the Boston lineup this evening when the Bruins face the Sabres on Causeway Street.
Defenseman Wade Redden, obtained at the trade deadline from St. Louis, also will play in his first game as a Bruin.
Bergeron was sidelined two weeks ago with his fourth career concussion when hit by Ottawa’s Colin Greening in what appeared to be a routine, fairly harmless goal-mouth collision.
Marchand suffered his first career concussion last Wednesday when elbowed in the head by New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. He only began skating on Sunday.
Redden, relegated to the AHL by the Rangers the last couple of years, began the season in St. Louis after being bought out by the Blueshirts. The Bruins desperately need some help moving the puck out of their own zone and Redden was once one of the game’s best puck-moving defensemen.
Tonight’s crowd, expected to be a sellout 17,565, will be the first major gathering in the Hub since Monday’s bombing at the Marathon finish line, a couple of miles across town from TD Garden. Extra security is already in place in the Garden area and North Station, including many Homeland Security vehicles outside the adjacent Federal building.
All vehicles entering the North Station garage this morning were checked by security staff, with drivers asked to step out of their cars. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli politely obliged security staff, stepping out of his Honda pickup just before 10 a.m. for an inspection that lasted less than two minutes.
The Bruins had top Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg (at left in photo) skating with them for the first time Tuesday morning. He has been appointed a No. 34 sweater, but will not play this evening. During the workout, he subbed in a line comprised of Gregory Campbell, David Krejci and Jaromir Jagr.
Andrew Ference was expected to get the night off on Monday. Doug Hamilton, given the last two games to rest, moved into Ference’s blueline spot for the Monday morning skate. Ference probably plays tonight, with Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski the likely scratches with Hamilton and Redden getting the green light.
Look for Tuukka Rask to get tonight’s start in goal. Rask took the loss Saturday night in Raleigh and is now 17-8-4.
Puck drop: 7:35 p.m.
Record: Bruins, 26-11-4; Sabres, 18-19-6.
TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network (Doc Emerick on play-by-play). 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Gregoy Campbell-David Krejci-Jaromir Jagr
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Wade Redden
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Matt Bartkowski (D), Adam McQuaid (D); Jay Pandolfo (F); Carl Soderberg(F).
Storylines: The Bruins are trying to re-establish their game after back-to-back losses to the Islanders and Canes, only the second time this season they have lost two straight in regulation … One point or more tonight will clinch a sixth straight trip to the playoffs for the Bruins … Boston is a measly 3-for-30 on the power play over the last 15 games. The PK unit is 29-for-36 (80.5 percent) over the same 15 games … The Bruins have been outshot in each of the last six games, for a combined 213-168 deficit … Referees: Dan O’Rourke and Francis Charron.; Linesmen: Scott Cherrey and Brad Kovachik.