Here it is: Tim Thomas vs. Tuukka Rask.
Or, rather, the Bruins vs. the Panthers!
Clearly, the goaltending is where all eyes will be when the Bruins take on the Panthers Thursday night. Of course, the Bruins also need a win, so that’s where the team’s focus is, but there obviously will be a little extra emotion as they take on their former teammate.
“I know this game was probably circled on his calendar, as it would be for mine if it was my old team,” said former Bruins draft pick and current Panther Kris Versteeg. “So I think he’s excited about it. I think there’s a lot of Bruins fans, too, that heavily respect what he did for their organization, they’re excited maybe about seeing him play tonight as well.
“It’s kind of funny how he misses a few games with injury and this is the game he comes back for.”
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN/WBZ-FM (98.5)
Records: Bruins 3-2-0, Panthers 2-5-0
In-game updates: Live blog launches at 6:30 p.m.
(It’s unclear who the healthy-scratch defenseman will be. Bartkowski and Hamilton were rotating in with Seidenberg in morning skate.)
Notes: The Bruins are 2 for 19 on the power play, and haven’t scored in their last 12 chances. … Jarome Iginla still has yet to score a goal for the Bruins. … Thomas has a 5.05 goals-against average and .850 save percentage this season.