In the past 56 days, the Boston Bruins have lost twice in regulation. One of those losses - one of two shutout losses they've experienced this season - was at the hands of the upstart Florida Panthers at TD Garden on December 8th.
Boston looks to even the season series with the Panthers tonight at the Garden as the Bruins finish the home portion of their series with Florida in a game that faces off at 7 PM.
The Panthers are still playing quality hockey, leading the Southeast Division by six points over a Winnipeg team that's responsible for the Bruins' other regulation loss over the past eight weeks. Despite the fact that the Bruins have been playing superlative hockey, Jose Theodore has been their bane for seasons, not having lost to Boston in regulation since the lockout (9-0-1). Theodore's last loss to Boston came in 2003-04.
Tim Thomas was the first off the ice at morning skate for the Bruins, and should get the start tonight, his
The Bruins will get Milan Lucic back, but will be without Rich Peverley, who continues to battle a nagging lower-body injury, according to head coach Claude Julien.
With Peverley out, the Bruins should look like this:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Zach Hamill - Chris Kelly - Benoit Pouliot
Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid