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Bruins vs. Panthers Preview: Tim Thomas' Last Hurrah

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Jared Wickerham

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NBCSN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Records: Bruins 38-17-5 (81 pts) vs. Panthers 23-31-7 (44 pts)

Panthers Lines:

Sean Bergenheim - Nick Bjugstad - Brad Boyes
Marcel Goc - Jonathan Huberdeau - Jesse Winchester
Tomas Fleischmann - Scottie Upshall - Drew Shore
Krys Barch - Shawn Matthias - Jimmy Hayes
Dylan Olson - Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Brian Campbell - Tom Gilbert
Tim Thomas
Scott Clemmensen

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg - Chris KellyLoui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game Notes:

  • Oh good, the Panthers now employ the brother of noted poopgate all-star Kevin Hayes. I had almost forgotten.
  • Will tonight be Tom Gilbert's last chance to showcase himself to Chiarelli and Co. ahead of a potential trade?
  • As tonight is the last Bruins/Panthers home game of the season, and Tim Thomas' contract expires after this season, this could be the last game Tim Thomas ever plays at the Garden. Bruins fans should give him a nice sendoff.
  • The Panthers are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games, but they are coming off a 5-3 win over the Islanders on Sunday.
  • The Panthers' CEO Michael Yormark also recently announced that he's leaving the team.
  • Florida also recently acquired Brandon Pirri from the Chicago Blackhawks, because their GM is physically unable to trade with ANY OTHER TEAM. Dammit, Tallon.
  • No word on which Bruins goalie will get the start tonight, but it would not be a surprise to see Chad Johnson. March is a heavy month for the Bruins, might as well spell Rask a bit before playoffs.