Game 54 preview: Oilers at Bruins

Welcome to the TD Garden on this Saturday morning. The Oilers are in town, and that means former Bruin Andrew Ference, who told the media this morning that he has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup against his old team.

Ference left the Bruins on extremely good terms after last season, something which can be a rarity in sports.

As he said, “It’s been as fairy tale as it gets in the sports world from a player’s perspective of how to go a different city and leave a city but be able to know you can come back to kind of open arms.”


Should be a good reception for him in his return.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 34-16-3, Oilers 18-32-6

Projected lineups:

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-Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Miller
Torey Krug-Hamilton

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Claude Julien confirmed that Zdeno Chara will miss two games this week to be Slovakia’s flag bearer in the Olympic opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia. He will miss games against the Blues and Senators. … The Bruins are coming off a poor performance against the Canadiens, a game in which they admitted they didn’t come out with enough emotion or fight and which Patrice Bergeron called their worst game of the year. … The Bruins won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 4-2, in Edmonton in December, and have won their last 11 straight against Edmonton. That’s their longest active stretch against any opponent. … The referees are Jean Hebert and Dave Jackson. The linesmen are David Brisebois and Matt MacPherson.

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