Thomas in Goal Tonight vs. Islanders

The Boston Bruins have their first home preseason game tonight against the New York Islanders at 7 pm EDT. This will be the Islanders first preseason game this year.

The Bruins roster will be:

Forwards: Arniel, Bergeron, Hamill, Khokhlachev, Knight, Krejci, Lucic, MacDermid, Marchand, Paille, Peverley, Pouliot

Defensemen: Bartkowski, Boychuk, Chara, Kampfer, McKelvie, Seidenberg

Goaltenders: Khudobin and Thomas

Dressing for the Islanders will be:

Forwards: Bailey, Colliton, Comeau, DiBenedetto, Frischmon, Gillies, Haley, Marcinko, McNeely, Pandolfo, Parenteau, Ullstrom

Defensemen: de Haan, Donovan, Mottau, Reese, Staios, Wishart

Goaltenders DiPietro and Nilsson

The game will be streamed from BostonBruins.com with the Bruins radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers calling the action.

Captain Zdeno Chara will return to the ice tonight after missing most of the week’s practices and games due to a contusion on the inside of his left knee that he received from blocking a shot in Monday’s practice.

“It wasn’t as bad as we thought and we took all the necessary steps to make sure it wasn’t,” Chara told bostonbruins.com. “I’m still training so I’m fine, it wasn’t really major.”

Youngster Alexander Khoklachev will be back in the lineup tonight after a scoring two goals in Tuesday night’s intra-squad scrimmage. Khoklachev is the youngest player on the team and has impressed fans and coaches alike so far this preseason.

David Krejci and Milan Lucic look to start off the season on the right foot after having a strong camp, the two seem to be connecting well in practice and tonight’s game gives them a chance to put it to the test.

Vezina trophy winner Tim Thomas will also be in goal tonight possibly for the whole game.

Boston is looking to rebound at home after losing Wednesday to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 (OT). Lane Macdermid had the games first and Bruins only goal which came at the 7:01 mark in the second period with assists coming from Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid. Tuukka Rask had a very solid night in goal stopping 34 of 36 shots.

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