Game 18 preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will close out a five-game homestand tonight against Columbus.

Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) is unlikely to play. McQuaid hasn’t skated since hurting himself last Saturday against Toronto. If McQuaid is unavailable, Matt Bartkowski will dress for the second straight game.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Jackets 6-10-1, Bruins 11-5-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton


Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: The Bruins have points in their last four home games. With a win tonight, they could claim nine out of 10 points during the homestand… The Bruins play their next three games on the road: in Ottawa tomorrow, in Carolina on Monday, and at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday… The Bruins have killed 22 straight penalties. They have the ninth-ranked PK in the NHL (85.2 percent)… The Jackets are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky is off his Vezina pace from last season. Bobrovsky is 5-8-1 with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage… Ex-Bruin Nathan Horton is still at least a month away from playing… Jean Hebert and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody will be the linesmen.

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