They're expected to have one new face in their lineup for the game, but they had a familiar face join them for their morning skate for the first time in a little while.
Mike Brown, who was acquired in trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, is expected to make his Sharks debut Thursday, according to coach Todd McLellan. Defenseman Dan Boyle, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury and didn't travel with the team for the start of the road trip, skated with the Sharks on Thursday. McLellan said Boyle won't play against the Bruins, but there was no holding Boyle back from accelerating his recovery.
"That's Dan Boyle. ... He's pushing to come on the trip," McLellan said. "But that wasn't what he needed to get back in and being healthy. Nice to see him skate [Thursday]. I'm sure he didn't feel the greatest after having that time off. But it will get better as the days go on and pretty soon we'll have him back in the lineup."
Brown comes to the Sharks with the reputation as a physical presence.
"We want him to feel comfortable and part of the team right off the bat," McLellan said. "I think he can provide us some energy. We'll let him play and then work with him and his game and make sure it fits ours."
The Bruins, who beat the Buffalo Sabres on the road Wednesday, did not hold a morning skate. There was no update on the health of Loui Eriksson, but the Bruins did announce he had stayed in Buffalo overnight for precautionary reasons.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
Scratched: Matt Bartkowski
Injured: Loui Eriksson (upper body)
Scratched: James Sheppard