Game 48 preview: Bruins at Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Welcome to the United Center, where the Bruins and Blackhawks will meet up for the first time since … well, you know.

It’s an unusual 11:30 a.m. start here in the Central time zone, which is something most of the players haven’t experienced in years. In fact, Milan Lucic estimated he was 14 the last time he played a game this early in the day.

There was a lot of talk of the “hurt” that still exists for the Bruins from that Stanley Cup Final, with Lucic discussing the fact that he has replaced the final 1:15 of Game 6 probably 100 times in his head.


The Bruins can’t erase that, but getting two points today would certainly help this year’s team after Boston went through a dip against some of the tough Western Conference opponents in the last two weeks.

Game time: 12:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 30-15-2, Blackhawks 31-8-11

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Blackhawks are first in the NHL in goals per game, with 3.54. … Chicago is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games. … The Bruins are still without Dougie Hamilton (concussion), who did not make the trip to Dallas and Chicago. … Tuukka Rask is back in goal after Chad Johnson got the win on Thursday against the Stars. … The Bruins will travel home immediately after the game, with the Kings scheduled to face them at TD Garden at 3 p.m. on Monday in a tough back-to-back. … The referees are Brad Meier and Don VanMassenhoven. The linesmen are Ryan Galloway and Andy McElman.

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