Game 52 preview: Panthers at Bruins

Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host Tim Thomas and the Panthers tonight.

Thomas will be in goal against Tuukka Rask. Thomas was injured for Florida’s previous visit Nov. 7. Since then, the Panthers overhauled their coaching staff, replacing Kevin Dineen with Peter Horachek.

The Bruins will be playing their third game in four days. They beat the Islanders last night, 6-3. They have scored six goals in each of their last two games.

It’s possible that Chris Kelly could return tonight. Kelly has missed the last 21 games because of a broken fibula.


Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV, radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), WBZ-FM, 98.5 (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Panthers 21-24-7, Bruins 33-15-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman

Story lines: Spooner didn’t play against Philadelphia Saturday because he was sick. But he practiced Sunday on Long Island and was scratched against the Islanders Monday night. Upon Kelly’s return, Spooner’s short-term future appears to be in Providence … The No. 2 line brings a six-game scoring streak into tonight’s game. Brad Marchand has seven goals and five assists during the streak … Florida’s Brad Boyes is likely to be moved before the trade deadline. The ex-Bruin leads the Panthers with 13 goals. Boyes will be unrestricted at year’s end. His offensive touch would help a team looking for second- or third-line help on the wing … Florida has the worst power play in the NHL (8.8 percent) … Tonight will be the first of six games remaining on the Bruins’ schedule before the Olympic break. Five of the six will be at home … Ghislain Hebert and Chris Rooney will be the referees. Derek Amell and Brad Kovachik will be the linesmen.

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