Bruins welcome Blackhawks to TD Garden

Fresh of a playoff-clinching win in Philadelphia, the Bruins (42-23-10, 94 pts) host the Chicago Blackhawks (41-26-8, 90 pts) on national television (7:30 p.m., Vs./98.5 local radio).

The Blackhawks are currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference playoff picture, three points up on Calgary and only three points behind the Phoenix Coyotes, who sit in fourth place, the final home-ice slot. Anaheim, Nashville and Los Angeles sit in between. It’s a tight crowd, and Chicago wants to separate themselves.

Meanwhile, Boston is looking to keep the forward momentum rolling tonight, so expect few changes to the lineup. One to look out for is Tuukka Rask. Boston seems to be wanting to give Tim Thomas some rest, especially now that their seat in the playoffs is set and they have some separation from Montreal in the Northeast Division. John Bishop reported on the Bruins’ official twitter feed this morning that Rask was out on the ice for an optional skate.

So, with that, here’s what tonight’s lineup could look like:

Forwards:

17 Lucic … 46 Krejci … 18 Horton

63 Marchand … 37 Bergeron … 28 Recchi

49 Peverley … 23 Kelly … 19 Seguin

20 Paille … 11 Campbell … 22 Thornton

Defense:

33 Chara … 55 Boychuck

44 Seidenberg … 12 Kaberle

21 Ference … 54 McQuaid

Goal:

40 Rask

30 Thomas

Around the Web